Saturday, 14 June 2014

Clearing the runway

Saw another female on the grass yesterday, then later in the evening a female trying to take off from our creeper infected trellis.

The creeper was evidently giving difficulties and eventually she fell off.

Flying females are, incidentally, fairly unusual.

Realising that beetles need to climb in order to fly I've cleared all the creeper and vine to make it easier for them to climb.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014


Not only saw a female after a worrying absence for some weeks, but she was also mating.

Felt a bit intrusive taking this - but if they will have a shag on my back lawn....

Monday, 9 June 2014


Male beetles wondering about all afternoon, but worryingly no females sighted for three weeks. I did also find the remains of what looks like a female but don't know what killed (and mangled) it.

That said, several airbourne visitors at dusk which suggests that we do have a female hereabouts.

Fight and fruit.

One of those 'too late with the video camera' moments, found three males fighting!

We had some soft strawberries so I put these out and later found a beetle chomping on them.

Monday, 2 June 2014

2014 - June 1st. Rescue and tragedy

My son reported that he'd rescued a male beetle from next door's cat.

Sadly also found remains of another beetle. This seemed too broken up to be cat damage - am wondering if a fox had tried to eat it.

Put out some slices of over-ripe nectarine for beetles to chomp on.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

2014 - May 29th, 2 males (video included)

Checked the lawn before mowing, found a large male.

Tried to pick it up but one leg stick firmly in a blade of grass so plucked same and carried beetle and grass to place of safety.

 Male Beetle - close up

Moving beetle to safety (tricky to pick up!) 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

2014 - May 28th.

Just rescued male beetle from a neighbouring cat.

Beetle appears to be unwounded.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

2014 - more sightings

Two males seen at lunchtime beside stump. One is possibly the one spotted a couple of days ago. No photo available.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

2014 - first male beetle

We have an old cherry tree stump which is no doubt where they are breeding. Spotted first male of the year by the stump. Put out some soft apple for them to nibble on. They like soft fruit or a little container of sugared water. For the latter, nothing too big - we don't want them falling in. An old saucer or a jamjar lid would suffice.

2014 - first sighting

I was taking Tea on the patio when I noticed a movement on the lawn. Closer examination showed a female beetle bumbling her way through the grass (and they do bumble a lot!)