I do love finding a colourful beetle! Me and the kids found this beautiful chap whilst out walking on the moors, yesterday. It was about 2.5cm long, and in rather a hurry, so I only just caught him with my phone camera.


nicrophorus vespilloides copyright Rachel Lucie Johns


I had no idea what kind it was, so posted it on Twitter, and by the power of the retweet I had several naturalists and enthusiasts come back to me to let me know that it is in fact¬†Nicrophorus vespilloides, also called the burying or sexton beetle. Turns out ¬†that it’s one of nature’s undertakers, gradually helping bury animal carcasses. Not the most romantic of roles, but very vital!


Rachel x

4th September 2015

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...