Striking black and orange beetle with a load of smaller invertebrates on its thorax (and perhaps rear leg?)
No interactions present.
sorry double post...
Phoretic mites - hitchhikers on the beetle to the next 'meal' and harmless to the beetle
Thanks Maria! I had to look up 'phoretic' but it is good to know what was going on. Amazing what you can see if you keep eyes open.
Alan Brampton (Benson)
Should have offered you a link! :-)
Nature never ceases to amaze me!
Should also say they're cracking shots!
Lat/Lng: 51.6515, -0.9514
OS grid ref: SU726952
In long grass in a ride within a mixed wood