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There she is at last

April 3, 2020

Q: What do you call a Feather-horned Beetle without the feathery antennae?

A: Female

It has been a good season for Feather-horned Beetles (Rhipicera sp.). The males (pictured left) with their impressive antennae have been flying for nearly two months (not continuously!) using these antennae to detect females. Last month a blog about these amazing looking creatures finished with the line ‘My challenge this year is to take a picture of the female beetle’ as I had never seen one. The female beetles have more rod-like antennae.

As the mating season draws to a close and the male beetles have all but gone I guess it is now safe for the female beetles to show themselves (pictured right) in public without being harassed because there are a few making an appearance.

Challenge complete.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen Brisbane-Bullock permalink
    April 3, 2020 8:13 am


  2. Zanni permalink
    April 28, 2020 2:21 pm

    Congratulations 🙂

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