#161 A beauty and a beast. Both of them were green.

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..

Green hairstreak. They are actually not that easy to spot - despite the intense colour.

Green hairstreak. They are actually not that easy to spot – despite the intense colour.

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….

Green tiger beetle. I'm so glad it's only beetle sized!

Green tiger beetle. I’m so glad it’s only beetle sized!

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!

The end of a black wood ant...

The end of a black wood ant…

 

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