A big, bold and beautiful beast of a bug, the Southern Hawker is presumably so-called due to the fact that it can be found just about anywhere from the shores of the Mediterranean to the Arctic Circle (so you work it out).Anyway, I saw this one (about the length of my middle finger) “resting” in a hedgerow half-way to the top of St Agnes Beacon and managed (I don’t quite know how) to get close enough to get a few shots without it sensing I was there and flying off. Typical of Hawkers, the Southern variety are extremely strong fliers and are prepared to travel far and wide, mostly, I believe, because they are genuinely nosey creatures who simply like to know what’s round the next corner.I managed to photograph more than a hundred species of insect while I was in Cornwall this time around (late August, 2009) and I shall sort out a few of the more interesting ones as soon as I can to add to my websites. August, 2009) and I shall sort out a few of the more interesting ones as soon as I can to add to my websites. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I’m rubbish at insects in general, I can only identify just over two thirds of them which means I can definitely feel a phone-call to Nobby coming on.
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