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Violet Oil Beetles, Brook Wood
Violet Oil Beetles, Brook Wood 16 March 2011

A sure sign of spring over the last week has been the emergence of oil beetles in a favoured shelted sun-trap by the River Mardle. These bizarre insects can be seen wandering along the ground in their characteristic gangling manner.

Listen to Radio 4 Living World programme on Oil Beetles – broadcast May 2011.