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Friday, September 17, 2010

Beetle and Sand Flea

With all the fog and rain we've had of late, it's been a good time to look down at your feet while hiking, which has led me to discover these two critters. This first one is a carrion beetle, Nicrophorus defodiens:


This one is a sand flea, an amphipod I found on the beach. I believe it may be of the genus Orchestia:

4 comments:

Julie said...

in their own little buggy ways, they're rather cute...

The K said...

I like it when you show critters that aren't in the mainstream of photography. Cool pictures.

Warren Baker said...

So That's what the shore birds are catching for lunch !

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Great beetle and a good hopper pic too. Once found a bottle within which wasa dead mouse that had become trapped - also in there were several specimens of the aptly named, and very similar to yours, N.investigator which had investigated to their doom.

Hope you get some decent weather soon

Cheers

Davo