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This blog will contain pictures and information from my everyday encounters with nature in London and the surrounding areas. I will log details of the origin of each photograph thus recording what there is to be seen and where it was seen. I very much welcome anyone else who can upload photos and information about nature in London and the home counties. I work freelance in the film industry so have plenty of days off. I hope to update Monday to Friday and once on the weekend posting at around 19.30, I don't post on bank holidays

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Bloody-Nosed Beetle

South East London
Bloody-Nosed beetles are quite common in Southern England. These beetles usually come out of hibernation in April but adults may be found in most months of the year. The get their name from a secretion produced when they are under threat; a red bloody fluid that is said to be both foul tasting and a visual deterrent for predators. They live mostly on grasslands and feed mainly on leaves. They are flightless beetles and the one the one I photographed was just over two centimeters in length. 

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