It's been beetle crazy down at Plants for Bugs. Just look at all the beauties. From the top we have;
1. Silpha (probably S. atrata), a member of the sexton or burying beetles
2. A beautiful violet ground beetle, Carabus problematicus
3. A merry gang of the non-native harlequin ladybirds (note lots of colour forms), discovered hiding out behind one of our Plants for Bugs visitor display boards
We disturbed the larger beetles while clearing away the dry winter mulch (straw) from around tender plants. Here is Judi getting on with a bit of tidying while the overflow carpark in the village behind filled last week with visitors coming to the Wisley Craft Fair.