Friday, 29 May 2009

Things are warming up

It's just about time for the familiar red and black Soldier Beetles to appear on Umbellifer flowerheads. Rhagonycha limbata is very much smaller than the usual species - about 6mm long - but it's recognisably one of the family.

Two much better shots of the Sawfly Tenthredo mesomelas:

In common with all sawflies, the larvae are strict vegetarians (some of them are agricultural 'pests'), but many of the adults are voracious predators. Have a look at those jaws.

1 comment:

Yoke, said...

Would not like to meet those jaws in a dark alley, I think!

Great photos!