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Cockchafer

Sumatra caught a cockchafer the other day and brought it into the utility room. Makes a nice change from Kjetil's decapitated rabbits.

'Cockchafer' isn't quite as rude as it sounds. It is apparently also known as a 'may bug', a 'billy witch' or a 'spang beetle'. It's a beetle in other words, but a really big one with big orange antennae.



I could swear that the person who wrote the wikipedia entry is playing up to the rude name though:

"The two species can best be distinguished by the form of their pygidium (the back end): it is long and slender in the common cockchafer, but shorter and knob-shaped at the end in the forest cockchafer."

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