Thursday 24 July 2014

Big Beetle Badness... 

This past week I spent some time exploring the Annapolis Valley. I stopped in to the Ravine Trail along Elderkin Brook adjacent to the Kentville Agricultural Research Station. While taking some photos of a Mustard White butterfly, a very large beetle buzzed past my head and landed right beside me. It was the biggest, baddest beetle I've ever seen, a Northeastern Pine Sawyer, Monochamus notatus, a member of the Cerambycidae or Longhorn Beetles. The antennae on this beast were about 3 times the body length, which I judged to be about 35 mm (a bit under 1.5"). A nice big surprise!

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