|Criorhina floccosa - East Bridgford, Notts 25th June 2013.|
|Volucella bombylans - East Bridgford June 2013|
|Volucella pellucens - East Bridgford June 2013|
My Son plays cricket at one of the most beautiful grounds in England, Thurgarton Priory. On saturday (29th June) he told me to bring the camera down as he had found the lovely and distinctive carabid beetle Cychrus caraboides, along snouted carabid designed to get its mandibles into snails. When you pick this chap up it makes a rather loud stridulatory noise. I'm not actually too sure which parts of it body it rubs together, I think its the elytra (the hardened wings of beetles that give them their distinctive appearance) and parts of the insects abdomen. Apparently emits soundwaves of up to 80kHz.
|Cychrus caraboides - Thurgarton Priory 29th June 2013.|