|What arrived in the post...|
|A closer look at the contents of the first envelope.|
|A close-up of that round blackish beetle.|
|Ventral view showing the enlarged hind femurs|
|Close-up of the enlarged hind femur. Personally I like the detail of small hairs in this photo.|
I intend to continue this series, especially as I should have no shortage of material, interspersed with other ecological musings. In this case, I've started the 'mystery chrysomelid' thread with something that isn't a chrysomelid at all - I wonder what will appear next...
Cooter, J. & Barclay, M.V.L. (eds.) (2006). A Coleopterist's Handbook (4th ed.). Amateur Entomologists' Society, Orpington. An absolute must for beetle enthusiasts! Based on the UK beetle fauna.
Joy, N.H. (1932). A Practical Handbook of British Beetles (2 vols.) (1976 reprint). Classey, Farringdon.