Mating Bloodnosed Beetles

On the bank holiday Monday I visited Stoborough Heath Nature Reserve.   Not a great day for bugs as despite walking right round the reserve, I only managed to see 1 speckled wood butterfly ( unusual as this place can have lots of butterflies around now).  Even the flies seemed to be in hiding.  In fact 1 small bee kinda summed up the day, it was feeding on a flower, then rolling off and flopped to the ground!

On a plus side I did find a pair of mating Bloodnosed beetles and took them on my Canon 100mm Macro lens, after persuading them to model on a stick.

Mating Bloody Nosed BeetlesCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Mating Bloody Nosed Beetles - Timarcha tenebricosa

On this second one I really like the males expression!

Mating Bloody Nosed BeetlesCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/10, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Mating Bloody Nosed Beetles - Timarcha tenebricosa

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Chris

I've been taking macro photography from 2004. I use both Canon film and digital cameras.

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