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Another name that bug thread

  1. Jul 30, 2011 #1

    AlephZero

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    Found this "not so little" beast flying round my garden shed today. A lower pitched "buzz" than a typical bee - it sounded a bit like a very small motorbike engine! I presume it's some sort of beetle. The wingspan was at least 2 inches.

    The first picture is after it crashed into the window - and presumably a bit disoriented, considering the "thwack" when it hit the glass. (As you can see my garden shed is not going to win any competitions for being clean and tidy!)

    The second picture is after it was dead - it took several goes to squish it. I judged that anything that big, and color coded orange and black, was a bit risky to deal with trying to get a good picture while it was still alive.

    FYI the UK 50p piece for size comparison is 27.3mm (1.075in) diameter.
     

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  4. Jul 30, 2011 #3

    Jonathan Scott

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    Some type of Sexton Beetle, perhaps "Nicrophorus investigator", which is under "Sexton Beetle (2)" on this page:

    http://www.bugsandweeds.co.uk/beetles.html" [Broken]
     
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  5. Jul 30, 2011 #4

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    Actually, andre found it, look above.

    Sexton Beetle - Nicrophorus defodiens

    http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/image/62286573
     
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  6. Jul 30, 2011 #5

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    Yes, I saw that, but "Sexton Beetle" covers a range of beetles with similar markings and I wouldn't necessarily be sure that it's the "defodiens" one. I chose "Nicrophorus investigator" from several similar ones because I think it's a common one in the UK (as indicated by the choice of coin), but it could well be another one.
     
  7. Jul 30, 2011 #6

    Evo

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    The defodiens looks identical to me. Wow, those are some crazy antenae.
     
  8. Jul 30, 2011 #7

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    I call "investigator" not "defodiens". Red bulbs on the antennae not black, and the description of its flying capabilities on the weksite was spot on as well.

    It may be "common" in the UK but it's the first one I've seen in a lifetime. FWIW, a neighbour spent all of yesterday felling and shredding a long row of 20 foot tall leylandii (good riddance to them, they were never trimmed to make anything like a hedge, just a sprawling half-dead mess - but there's no guarantee he will replace them with anything more sensible!). So I guess it literally came out of the woodwork.
     
  9. Jul 30, 2011 #8

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    Ok, we need a poll, obviously you are not qualified to judge. :biggrin:

    Oh rats, now that you mention it, I do see that the tips aren't black.

    Ok, JS wins! Investigator it is! So yours is the punk version. :tongue2:
     
  10. Jul 30, 2011 #9

    AlephZero

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    Actually I think it's the zombie version.

    It took about 4 goes to squash it hard enough to stop its legs waving in the air. I left it on the kitchen table on a piece of polystyrene, after taking the picture with the coin.

    I just went back to try and get a big closeup of an antenna ... and it's gone. There's one leg left behind (not twitching!), but the rest of it has crawled off somewhere. Unbelievable.

    Unless I also have a invisible beetle-eater living in the kitchen :eek:
     
  11. Jul 30, 2011 #10

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    (note to self - never go to Aleph's house :surprised)

    You might want to sleep with one eye open tonight...

    Zombie beetle apocalypse!!!
     
  12. Aug 1, 2011 #11

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    Today, it was busy practising gymnastics on the stem of a house plant.

    The picture is technically yuck (beetle in shade, background in full sunlight). But I just love the expression on its face.

    It's now back outside where it belongs!
     

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