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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Thursday, 15 June 2017

GREAT DIVING BEETLE.

This afternoon I managed to catch a beautiful lady. Here she is for your delectation and edification.


A female Great Diving Beetle; Dytiscus marginalis. As you can see I had her in a Tupperware sandwich box. The males look very similar but have smooth wing cases. She is around 30mm long and though I tried to dry her out on the grass she wouldn't open her wings and fly.
Here are a few more views of her.




I did notice a male but failed to net it. I'd like to get a larva. They are much longer and slimmer and can give a nasty nip. I'll see if I can find one.








8 comments:

  1. Oh, I remember those from y childhood, seeing them in streams! Happy beatle-y memories...Wonderful photos as ever, Adrian.

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    1. Frances, they are wonderful. They are quite heavy it's a miracle that they can fly.

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  2. A splendid lady. It freaked me for a split second when I thought that it was a Gisborne Cockroach and wondered what country I was in. I don't think I've ever seen one 'in real life'.

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    1. Graham, they are common but difficult to spot. they come to the surface to collect air under the wing case but only poke their bums out.

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  3. Adrian, did you forget? Lava is what spews out of a volcano. The word you want is larva. The mistake does not occur over here across the pond because the two words are not pronounced alike.

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    1. Bob, I should check. Corrected now many thanks.

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  4. Tus macros son espectaculares.Los insectos parecen montruos. Espero que encuentres uno.
    Un abrazo

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