An unreliable memoir

Cardinal Beetle

Cardinal Beetle

I found this cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis) recently and was charmed not only by its attractive appearance but also by its behavior. Aha, thinks I, here is a glorious focus stack opportunity! But Wolsey (as I’ve called him) had other ideas. A highly active visual predator (look at those eyes!) it didn’t attempt to run away, but it was clearly very interested in the lens being thrust in its direction, bobbing its head up and down to get a better look and waggling its antennae at me. Consequently, the back end of my focus stack was solid, but the front end looked like a multi-headed monster with many pairs of antennae. Sigh. Maybe I’ll stick to flowers for a while…

4 responses

  1. I zoomed in in this photo and the details are stunning. I find Wolsey’s antennas quite unique as they have thorns! Does Wolsey use it to attack his prey or for defense? And I notice that his head is like that of an ant. Quite a monster, eh? 🙂


    May 20, 2015 at 2:04 am

    • AJC

      No, the antennae are purely sensory as far as I know, but the shape is unusual.

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      May 20, 2015 at 8:36 am

      • Yup… Exactly. 🙂


        May 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

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