Ha! I thought that might get your attention. And, no, this is not related to Friday night/Saturday morning's mirror-related goings on. Now prepare to be disappointed.
The cockchafer, also known as a May bug or doodlebug (and here in Norfolk as a chovy, mitchamador, kittywitch, and midsummer dor), is a large flying beetle whose adult form (imago) emerges around this time of year.
I expect your minds are out of the gutter now, so take a look at the kittywitch that landed next to me on one of my geraniums as I sat in the sun drinking a coffee.
|I think this is a common cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha).|
The Melolontha genus belongs to the scarab family
|Awww... Look at its little face!|
|Hmm... Its very slowly chowing down on my geranium|
|I believe this one is a female as it has six "leaves" on its antennae (males have seven)|
|I accidentally knocked it off the geranium as I was trying to get a photo from a different angle. It was very compliant as I picked it up and took a photo of its undercarriage!|
And finally: As an agricultural nuisance, in 1320, cockchafers (as a species) were taken to court in Avignon where they were ordered to leave town and relocate to a specially designated area, or be outlawed. All cockchafers who failed to comply were collected and killed.