A Note, A Beetle and Neil Gaiman

03 Jan

Our post brought a delightful thank you note from LiveWire 4 and her family.


This little fellow joined me in the sitting room last night. We don’t know where he is now!




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5 responses to “A Note, A Beetle and Neil Gaiman

  1. saymber

    January 4, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Sally I couldn’t resist the challenge to identify the beautiful being you got a picture of! If you go to the link, there is actual video and other pictures. I did a search of black and yellow insect UK and that’s how I found out who this was: – Clytus arietis, the wasp beetle, is a wasp-mimicking longhorn beetle species in the genus Clytus. It reaches 9–18 millimetres (0.35–0.71 in) in length, and flies well in sunshine from May to July, often visiting flowers for pollen and nectar. It is harmless but is protected by its wasp-like colours and movements, making it a Batesian mimic. The larvae live in dead wood. It also emanates a wasp buzz-like noise when threatened. They can be seen wandering around on flowers from late spring to early summer, and they are easily mistaken for wasps. They are not to be confused with another wasp-mimicking longhorn beetle, Strangalia maculata.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 4, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you! That’s fascinating. We speculated that he had come out of the logs that we have just restocked and your info suggests that might be correct. I’m off to see the video now. 🙂

  2. Susan

    January 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    “Good madness”… We all need a dose of that, don’t we?
    Happy New Year! May each of us experience some joy.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 4, 2018 at 8:39 am

      Yes! That appealed to me too. Joy to you in this New Year too. 🙂

  3. utesmile

    January 3, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    I like the Neil Gaiman note!


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