Heath Tiger Beetle
I encountered this little fella yesterday at Hankley. I thought his markings were quite striking so I took a few pictures of him. If I’d known that he was the nationally rare Tiger Heath Beetle, I’d have taken more shots and got one that had those ferocious scimitar jaws in sharp focus!
We noticed some ‘scrapes’ at Hankley yesterday too; the area of cleared heather and turf that provides breeding conditions for these little critters (there are lots of scrapes at nearby Thursley). Looks like we’ll be seeing more of them. Wouldn’t like to be on the wrong side of those jaws though…
Thanks to Bobbobthebob at WildAboutBritain for helping me with the ID. 🙂