Devil’s Coach Horse

This insect ticked a couple of 'first' boxes for me. I saw it at Baston and Langtoft 'wader pit' (the place is phenomenal for wildlife!), near Baston south Lincolnshire on 29.6.19, the first really hot day we've had this year. It was on the top a tall ...


This insect ticked a couple of 'first' boxes for me. I saw it at Baston and Langtoft 'wader pit' (the place is phenomenal for wildlife!), near Baston south Lincolnshire on 29.6.19, the first really hot day we've had this year. It was on the top a tall grass stem, with the wings extended (the first thing I had never seen). I presume it had only recently 'hatched' as an adult and the wings were yet to be folded behind the small, earwig-like elytra. After a while, it flew off, strongly, and directly, a remarkable sight and the second new experience for me (I had =only ever seen these large rove beetles on the ground before).