Dung beetle pushing its burden, video

In this video, a Geotrupes stercorarius dung beetle pushes its dung ball.

Mark Scheper from the Netherlands made the video.

Stag beetle drinking bleeding oak tree’s sap, video

This video shows an oak tree in the Netherlands.

It is bleeding. A stag beetle and a wasp drink its sap.

Gerrit Jan Spek made this video.

Red admiral butterfly lands on stag beetle, video

This video is about an oak tree in the Netherlands, where a stag beetle sits.

A red admiral butterfly lands on the tree, and eventually on the stag beetle.

Other insects featuring in the video: a wasp and small flies.

Gerrit Jan Spek made this video.

Stag beetle and hornet, video

This video shows an oak tree in the Netherlands. It is bleeding, attracting many small flies and three wasps to drink the juice; while a stag beetle watches.

Then, a European hornet arrives, driving away the wasps.

Hornets and stag beetles are among the biggest European insects.

Gerrit Jan Spek made this video.

Stag beetle squirting, video

This video shows a stag beetle in the Netherlands.

At the end of the footage, it aims a squirt at Gerrit-Jan Spek, who made the video.

Rare English beetles helped by miniature cottages

Scarlet malachite beetle

From Wildlife Extra:

Miniature cottages prove the ideal nurseries for rare beetles

A special design of miniature ‘beetle cottage’ is helping to promote the survival of one of the UK’s rarest beetles.

For the first time a Scarlet Malachite Beetle (Malachius aeneus) has emerged from a larvae found in one of these special cottages this summer.

The small but handsome beetle is not only incredibly rare, it is rather mysterious.

The beetle is found mainly in Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hampshire, although it was once found in counties across the south and east of England.

The reason for its decline is not known, but is thought to be caused by general habitat loss and intensive farming practices.

The adult beetles appear at the beginning of end of April/May, feeding on flowers in meadows and overgrown hedgerows, often in the vicinity of thatched/timbered cottages during the summer months.

As this traditional roofing material is becoming increasingly uncommon, conservation charity Buglife set out to establish substitute nesting sites in key areas in Essex to see if these amazing bugs would take up residence.

And sure enough, they have!

Vicky Kindemba, Buglife’s Conservation Delivery Manager, says: “The innovative use of cottage nurseries could help us to ensure the survival of this mesmerising species.

“Hopefully we can now help and inspire people to build more cottages in important meadows for the beetle.”

The project was funded by Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust and run in collaboration with natural history company Lifeforms, that co-designed the cottages with Buglife.

Ian Hughes of Lifeforms, and a Scarlet Malachite expert, says: “This exciting news confirms that the cottages work!

Scarlet malachite beetle cottage, photo Buglife/PA

“The Scarlet Malachite Beetle is in desperate need of our help to ensure its survival and this is an important first step in understanding how we can make this happen.”

This success gives entomologists a solid foundation to build upon to help understanding of the beetle’s fascinating ecology.

For more information about the Scarlet Malachite Beetle and to help with the Buglife survey click here.

Ladybugs mating, video

This video shows a ladybug couple mating on a compost container in the Netherlands.

Pieter Vonk made this video.