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Musk Beetle (Aromia Moschata)

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This is the largest insect I have ever seen & photographed, taken last Sunday.
Description
This is a large beetle reaching up to 25 mm in length and is a clumsy flier. The colour is variable from a uniform dull yellow through to almost black.
Habitat
It is to be found around the margins of wooded areas, where the adult beetles frequent flowers and shrubs
When to see it
Mainly in the months of May and June.
Life History
The larvae develop in the damaged timber of diseased deciduous trees.
UK Status
This species is common over much of England.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:150mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Jul 2013 - 1:02 PM
Focal Length:150mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:-2.0
ISO:400
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:Musk Beetle (Aromia Moschata)
Username:Metro6R4 Metro6R4
Uploaded:24 Jul 2013 - 7:43 AM
Tags:Beetle, Bug, Close up, Fly, Insect, Macro, Wildlife / nature
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32335 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2013 - 3:55 PM

Three magnificent images of this rather handsome Beetle. great detail throughout all three photographs, My favourite being image number two.

Nathan

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2013 - 8:46 PM

Interesting write up and good shot of the species

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