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.
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!