As the winter days are here I thought I would dig out something from the long summer days, this picture was taken in July about 8 o’clock in the evening just as the sun was starting to go down. Captured with a Canon 7D, a 35mm extension tube and a 70-200mm Mk II lens. Focal length was 110m, shutter speed 1/500 sec, aperture f4.0 at iso 200. I love seeing the way the sun shines off its back. The beetle was obviously enjoying the last of the suns warmth as it sat at the edge of a wheat field.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The name cardinal beetle typically refers to three different species of beetles. The red-headed or ‘common’ cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis) is a red to orange beetle with, as the name suggests, a red head. It is about 20 mm long, and is found throughout Britain. The rarer black-headed cardinal beetle (P. coccinea), similarly found at sites across Britain, is larger and a deeper blood red. The scarce cardinal beetle (Schizotus pectinicornis) also has a black head, but is smaller at around 9 mm long. The scarce cardinal is only found at a few sites in Scotland and Wales.
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