Springwatch Macro Quiz

Thursday 30 May 2013, 19:11

Martin Hughes-Games Martin Hughes-Games Presenter

We're back at 8pm tonight on BBC2 and in the meantime, here's a little quiz.

What's this...?


Macro quiz Macro quiz


We'll have the answer on the show later and will update this blog shortly after.


UPDATED: Well done to everyone who got it right. It's a tiger beetle.


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    Comment number 100.

    Its called the blue bottle fly Blue Bottle Flies are from the Blow Fly family. They are larger than house flies, growing about half an inch long. Their head and thorax (front and middle sections) are gray, the abdomen (large rear section) is bright metallic blue. They have red eyes and clear wings.

    Blue Bottle Flies live just about anywhere, including woods, fields, parks, and farms. They seem to prefer shady places. Blue Bottle Flies often enter homes.

    This fly eats from dead animals or meat, living animals with open wounds, animal poop, or some other decaying matter.

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    Comment number 119.

    Looks like something that was presented to me for supper tonight!!!

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    Comment number 168.

    PS that was one guess but I think it is a tiger beetleTiger beetles are a large group of beetles known for their aggressive predatory habits and running speed. The fastest species of tiger beetle can run at a speed of 9 km/h (5.6 mph), which, relative to its body length, is about 22 times the speed of former Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson,[1] the equivalent of a human running at 480 miles per hour (770 km/h). As of 2005, about 2,600 species and subspecies were known, with the richest diversity in the Oriental (Indo-Malayan) region, followed by the Neotropics.[2]
    Cicindela aurofasciata from India, showing the large eyes and mandibles

    Tiger beetles often have large bulging eyes, long, slender legs and large curved mandibles. All are predatory, both as adults and as larvae. The genus Cicindela has a cosmopolitan distribution. Other well-known genera include Tetracha, Omus, Amblycheila and Manticora. While members of the genus Cicindela are usually diurnal and may be out on the hottest days, Tetracha, Omus, Amblycheila and Manticora are all nocturnal. Both Cicindela and Tetracha are often brightly colored, while the other genera mentioned are usually uniform black in color.

    Tiger beetles in the genus Manticora are the largest in size of the subfamily. These live primarily in the deserts of South Africa.

    The larvae of tiger beetles live in cylindrical burrows as much as a meter deep. They are large-headed, hump-backed grubs that flip backwards to capture prey insects that wander over the ground. The fast-moving adults run down their prey and are extremely fast on the wing, their reaction times being of the same order as that of common houseflies. Some tiger beetles in the tropics are arboreal, but most run on the surface of the ground. They live along sea and lake shores, on sand dunes, around playa lakebeds and on clay banks or woodland paths, being particularly fond of sandy surfaces.[3]

    Tiger beetles are considered a good indicator species and have been used in ecological studies on biodiversity. Several species of wingless parasitic wasps in the genus Methocha (family Tiphiidae), lay their eggs on larvae of various Cicindela spp., such as Cicindela dorsalis.[4]
    Museum specimen of Manticora sp. from Mozambique.
    The rare Salt Creek tiger beetle, Cicindela nevadica lincolniana

    Tiger beetles were traditionally classified as the family Cicindelidae but most authorities now treat them as the subfamily Cicindelinae of the Carabidae (ground beetles). The most recent classifications, however, have relegated them to a monophyletic subgroup within the subfamily Carabinae, though this is not yet universally accepted. Accordingly, there is no consensus classification for this group, at any level from fam

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    Comment number 180.

    Please can the male presenters look adoringly and open mouthed at the female. Please can they giggle at feeble jokes, and act amazed at the obvious. Can the female in the meantime stare moodily at the camera? Alternatively, can we have 3 people who know about wildlife and don't play the stereotype gender roles. Then I can really enjoy the fabulous footage of out wildlife.
    Thank you!

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    Comment number 181.

    When the Water Rail builds its nest up higher,how does it raise the eggs?


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