On The Run

Xantholinus sp. – This is another case of ‘nature sometimes comes to you’. I found this tiny rove beetle … yes it is a beetle … in my bathroom sink just seconds from going down the plughole. I found a nice piece of moss for it outside, and as it was doing a run for it I managed this shot. Double click image if you wanna get closer …


© Peter Hillman ♦ 5th April 2020 ♦ In bathroom, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

30 thoughts on “On The Run

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen–or even heard of–these before. A quick Google check, however, tells me that there are at least 1,020 species here in New Zealand alone. Who knew?! Thanks for the introduction and the eye opener!

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      • I took it outside where I have a pot of moss growing and placed it on there. It ran to the rim of the pot and that’s where I got this shot. What look like plants/rug is the moss, that’s how small this critter was. It found a gap in the moss and hid inside 🙂

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    • Thank you, Jane 🙂 The warmer spring weather is certainly waking up nature now, and somethings are finding their way indoors. I always try to catch them when I see them and let them go in the garden 🙂

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  2. The fact that this beetle was about to go down your drain is the closest you’ve come to bad/sad news since I started following your blog. And of course you rescued it! Just want to give a shout out to you for providing a space – every day – full of wonder and marvel at nature’s beauty and bounty. An appreciated respite.

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  3. Don’t you hate it when nature won’t stop and stand still for a photo? I’ve never seen a beetle like that, or moss like that either!

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