Thursday, August 17, 2006

Prionus coriarius

Tanner or Sawyer Beetle, Prionus coriarius

What a beast! This huge beetle - one of the UK's largest - was on the outside of a building at The Lodge for at least a couple of days. It's shown roughly life-size in this photo, or perhaps a bit smaller...

There's not a huge amount of information about them on the web
but there is a distribution map (not sure how complete it is)

photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995