another beetle

Way.

Bet you can’t much more of this, eh?

This one is straightforward though.

beetle doing identifiied

 

That, Dear Reader, is a Red Soldier Beetle Rhagonycha fulva.  I am more certain of this identification than I am of any chafer of any kind.  But how much attention did you pay to the picture?  Other than the ‘yellow flowered plant that looks like many other yellow plants that I haven’t worked out how to identify yet’  did you see another patch tick?  Oh, yes – they are coming so thick and fast that I cannot keep up the documentary evidence (don’t worry, it’ll give me something to do in winter).  Behold…

caterpillar doing warning

 

That is the caterpillar of the Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae.  A question raises it’s head.  Is it legitimate to tick a caterpillar for a moth that you haven’t seen (albeit only in the patch).  Isn’t that a bit like ticking a bird’s egg?

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One thought on “another beetle

  1. It’s up to you. The nice thing about this pan-species malarkey is you can choose your own rules. I tick it if I see it alive. With some moths like the Sycamore, it’s 10x more amazing as a caterpillar than as an adult!

    I’d also argue that, as a patch tick, a caterpillar shows that the adult did more than merely fly-over.

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