Nature's Place

Denizen …

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Occasionally I see these huge beetles flying around the garden, with a loud buzz to match.  They do command attention.

The ones I get close to though are already stopped, such as the one pictured – I call them Leopard Beetles, for the markings – frolicking in the flowers.

It was climbing around one of the straw flowers, munching away on the pollen, so I took the opportunity for a few shots.

Others I have seen in the flowers of the garden have ended up as food for the Kookaburra or the Pied Magpie. Two who keep a close eye out for a morsel.

There seems to be enough to go around, for now.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture and click again to enlarge

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  1. kushelieva said, on 18/02/2015 at 6:56 am

    Loving those photographs !!

  2. krikitarts said, on 21/12/2014 at 1:02 pm

    This looks like an attractive morsel for a hungry kookaburra or magpie, though very crunchy and a real mouthful, and likely not fun to swallow. The leopard markings are spectacular.

    • Mark said, on 21/12/2014 at 3:42 pm

      It has proved to be, having seen them swoop and run with their tasty prize.

  3. sunsetdragon said, on 21/12/2014 at 10:10 am

    amazing shots of the beauty of this beetle.

    • Mark said, on 21/12/2014 at 10:16 am

      Thanks Ruth. She? made it easy and interesting …

  4. Emily Scott said, on 21/12/2014 at 6:53 am

    I like how hairy its underside is. The hairs must trap pollen snacks.

    • Mark said, on 21/12/2014 at 9:39 am

      … and provide some protection I suppose, keeps smaller bugs out of the joints and breathers perhaps, makes for a softer landing …

  5. Grower said, on 17/12/2014 at 10:47 pm

    What beautiful markings. There are some truly stunning beetles in the world.

  6. gwenniesgarden said, on 17/12/2014 at 7:34 pm

    beautiful !

  7. David said, on 17/12/2014 at 2:28 pm

    These are some really fantastic photos. Well done.

    • Mark said, on 17/12/2014 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks David. It was a lucky find, up on the flower like that and not on the ground where I would usually see them – just before the Kookaburra strikes.

  8. Em said, on 17/12/2014 at 2:13 pm

    Is it mating season?

    • Mark said, on 17/12/2014 at 3:02 pm

      For a while now, early summer in sub tropics. There are a number of similar big beetles about the garden.


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