30 Days Wild: Day 10 Butterflies, Beetles and Wasps
Thanks to Richard Wright for his identification of this magnificent (and rather large) beetle that flew up to me… "It's the dark form of Stenocorus meridianus Variable Longhorn. The larvae develop in tree stumps and dead roots and that is where eggs would be laid, not on leaves. This one might possibly be feeding on honeydew."
When I first saw this amazing ichneumon wasp, I thought it was some strange-looking, thin, black bodied damselfly!