Friday, 5 June 2015

Magpies and handling.

A friend of mine had one fall on to her patio after it was dropped by a Magpie. Two of the birds circled hoping to retrieve.

The beetle, a large male, was a bit stunned but seemed to recover.

If you worry about how to pick one up see:

- take care also that the feet don't get stuck to blades of grass.

Should you need to carry it any distance, rest it on the back of your hand, not the palm, as the feet seem to get a bit stuck. I've no idea why!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Only half!

Just found the rear end of a beetle by the old stump. Looks like something nabbed it as it emerged. I'm not sure what by though. Magpie are the principle predators but they tend to go for the rear end and leave the front.

Ah well, if there's one then others are surely emerging.