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I only got a brief look at its antennae before trying to take photos. When I saw them my reaction was “long-horn beetle”. Looking at the size of it (antenna spread is ca 15mm) this seemed unlikely, thinking it must be a bug. It is a Long-horn Beetle Pogonocherus hispidulus, widespread but rarely seen in daytime. The larvae develop in dead twigs of deciduous trees, such as apple or Holly, or in Ivy. I don’t think there is much dead Holly in my garden but the others are abundant. Longhorns are around from late spring. I found this a week ago.

Before I could get shots of the insect with its antennae spread wide apart the following happened. It played dead when I got close, not so much dropping off the leaf but hurling itself onto a nearby one. I think the images speak for themselves.

The two thorn-like projections on its rear end give the beetle its name.

There is a similar species, the Pine Long-horn Beetle, which prefers confers and (in the UK) is confines to Scotland. It does not have those spines.

The stereos are crosseye. The second one is a fun item.

I have uploaded the last image first. (It's a bit soft but shows the recognition characters of the species).

Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f11 (first f13), hand-held.

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May 30, 2019 at 12:15 AM
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Interesting Harold ~ Ron


May 30, 2019 at 07:01 AM
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surfnron wrote:
Interesting Harold ~ Ron


Thanks, Ron.

Harold



Jun 01, 2019 at 07:16 AM
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Very interesting how it “plays dead”. Neat set Harold.

Birdie



Jun 02, 2019 at 09:22 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Greater Thorn-tipped Long-horn Beetle


birdied wrote:
Very interesting how it “plays dead”. Neat set Harold.

Birdie


Thanks, Birdie.

I have seen several website accounts of the species but none, so far, mention the behaviour.

I have just been photographing a 'proper' Longhorn Beetle. Images will appear here tomorrow.

Harold



Jun 02, 2019 at 09:37 AM







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