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Atrocious beetle pic
Observed: 3rd February 2012 By: Yashca
Added: 11th March 2012
A small beetle (I think it is a beetle) 4mm long. Very difficult to photograph. I turned over a log on heathland and found at least ten of them underneath, but whenever I moved my camera near they would jump very suddenly and impressively into the air and disappear. Managed to get one in a pot, but still very difficult to photograph as it kept jumping with impressive force - I could feel the pressure on my palm with each jump. From above, the beetle is shiny dark brown, but with a faint 'dusty' appearance. It is broadly oval in shape, or rather, egg shaped, with the more pointed end being at the rear.