Bee Beetle – Penseelkever

It is almost a ritual: the annual visit of the bee beetle when the blackberries are in bloom. This year I thought I had missed him until last weekend on one of the last blossoms there he was!

Het is bijna een ritueel, eens per jaar als de bramen bloeien krijgen we bezoek van de penseelkever. Dit jaar had ik ze nog niet gezien tot afgelopen weekend er op één van de allerlaatste bloemetjes opeens één verscheen.
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Taking pictures was quite a  challenge because of the strong winds. The bee beetle was a clever little guy and anchored himself by hooking is hind legs around a flower petal
Fotograferen was lastig door de sterke wind. De penseelkever was zo slim zich te verankeren door zijn achterpoten om een bloemblad te slaan.

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All of a sudden, while I was taking these pictures,  a second bee beetle landed on the same flower.
Plotseling, terwijl ik aan het fotograferen was,  landde er een tweede penseelkever op hetzelfde bloemetje

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That resulted in a fight of course and after a lot of wing flapping, the intruder took off.
Dat gaf natuurlijk ruzie en na een boel vleugelgewapper ging de indringer er weer vandoor.
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7 responses to “Bee Beetle – Penseelkever

  1. This is a fabulous set of images. The beetles are so bright and colourful, and full of detail. I understand how difficult it is to get shots as good as this, especially in windy conditions. Timing is everything. You got it perfect!

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