I was working at the Urban Wildlife Centre today, and took full advantage of te opportunity to go for a wander on Upton Heath at lunchtime. I was in search of a green gem, and was pleased to find one in the same spot that there was a sizeable colony last year. Catch the sun on its wings right, and you’ll struggle to comprehend that this is a British species..
Not more than a couple of yards further on there was drama going on…
This time it was the Beast. I spied my quarry as it scuttled around on the path ahead, got down to get my shot. Just then an ant scurried past it. The ant didn’t make it….
Zooming in a little closer, you’ll see why it’s a beast and why the ant had no chance at all – that saw-like mandible doesn’t allow much of an escape option!