Lens-Artists Challenge #171 – Weird and Wonderful

This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge #171 is – Weird and Wonderful.

There are some pretty weird insects out there – here a cockchafer, one of Ireland’s larger beetles at up to 35mm in length. They are sometimes called Maybugs The adults only live for about 6 weeks and they are usually seen in May and June (hence name), but the larva live underground for up to three years eating plant roots.

Next an oil beetle – not the best photo but these are one of the weirdest things I have seen in the garden. I wrote about them last year when we found this one in the garden – see link here.

We did some pond dipping workshops with school children back in September and these were the most popular find – a water scorpion. These aren’t true scorpions – the “tail” they actually use as a kind of snorkel to breath through. They use their front pinchers to catch small fish and tadpoles.

23 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #171 – Weird and Wonderful

  1. Eliza Waters

    Fun examples… We have a similar spring beetle that is all brown that we call a June bug. They come out at night in mating season and bash themselves against the windows and screens, buzzing madly. Drives the cat nuts! 😀

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  2. Leya

    Wonderfully weird, Karina – and interesting. Always sad to here about some extinct species – you had a fantastic experience – and clever your son! I saw you were re reading Gerald Durrell’s novel – that was the first novel I read in English! loved it.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Yes we love the Durrell books, great for reading out loud and then just laughing out loud with all the things that happen to the family

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