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Longhorn Beetle
Comments(4) # Longhorn Beetle london e17

When I first saw this strange beetle fluttering past in a very moth like (Burnet Moth like to be specific) way I thought it was a Hornet Moth. That would have been nice as I've never seen one of those. Come to think of it, I'm not sure that I've ever seen one of these before either and it's always nice to come across something new as well as the species you look out for each year. I can't pin-point the exact species of Longhorn Beetle as there are rather a lot and several are vague bee/wasp/hornet mimics. I know it doesn't look much like any of those stinging insects sitting on the reed here but it might be good enough in flight to put off a predator, mightn't it? You'll never guess why they're called Longhorn Beetles. Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
200 ISO
1/200 sec
f 16
Flash: Fired