I met this little fella at the allotment today, and it’s a Cockchafer beetle, Melolontha melolontha, otherwise known as a May bug. It’s about 3 cms long and this isn’t the best image, because I took it with my phone and cropped it hard. It was lurking under a new leaf on a pear tree and my friend scooped it onto a shell so we could check it out . Luckily that same phone meant that Mr Google could identify it in seconds.
I’m not keen on bugs and creepy crawlies in factb but Sonel’s blog has converted me into someone that can appreciate their uh . . . beauty? and this one was quite cute, do a google image search if you don’t believe me. Cockchafers spend three to fours years of their lives underground as larvae, and once adult, they only have six weeks left to mate. It turns out that its a bit of a pest, the larvae are voracious feeders on roots, so as we don’t want to share our potatoes, it’s been dispatched, not killed, that would have been hideous, just taken elsewhere!
Jude at Travel Words has nominated me for the ‘Five Photos, Five Stories’ challenge, and I would like to nominate Margie, a photographer and writer from Michigan who has Zen eyes. This would be an easy challenge for you Margie, if you feel like taking it up, no worries if you don’t have time.
The challenge is to just “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.