Beetle (and Spider) of the Day

It’s getting to be a busy time of the year suddenly. Two wildly different things today – a beetle and a nice spider. The beetle is Lucodota atra, the Black Firefly and not the one we see flashing the garden at night as this species doesn’t flash and, what’s more, it flies in daytime. The larvae live in rotting wood and this chap was quite close to our firewood stack. It will be a harder challenge to get a photo of the night-flying and flashing firefly. I have added a reference picture below my photo for comparison.

The spider was holed up underneath a rose leaf waiting for its next meal to pass by. I am of the opinion that this is perhaps Misumena vatia, the Goldenrod Crab Spider. Again, a reference image is provided for confirmation.

All this makes a change from birds … 45 years ago I took courses in entomology and had an idea of taking it up for a living. Time to get back into my stride and re-learn the stuff I forgot over the years while I actually was making a living doing other biological things. 

Black Firefly (Lucodota atra)
Black Firefly (Lucodota atra)
firefly-reference
firefly-reference

 

Goldenrod Crab Spider
Goldenrod Crab Spider
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crabspider-reference

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