VI.2013., Kiskunság

On a painfully early morning I and fellow coleopterist Nikola Rahmé set off to a photo trip. It was so early in the morning, that  we had plenty of time to stop off  at some places in  the Kiskunság, the region between the Danube and the Tisza rivers, to take photos on the way to Southern Hungary. After all, these brief stops while en route turned out to result in the most peculiar species and pictures of the weekend.

A musk beetle, Aromia moschata (Linnaeus, 1758) captured during a brief stay by the road. 

We spent a couple of hours in the vicinity of the village of Akasztó. It was so warm at 7am that we expected a really hot day. Tiger beetles were moving still torpid in the poor dawn light, therefore we had the chance to shoot them.

A cliff tiger beetle, Cylindera germanica Linnaeus, 1758, common along the edges of arable lands in Hungary

Cylindera arenaria viennensis (Schrank, 1781) inhabits hard ground of areas with saline or clayey soil. It has been recorded only from a few locations recently.

Lophyridia littoralis nemoralis (Olivier, 1790) preferring habitats with sparse vegetation is considerably larger than the former two species.

Photographing  tiger beetles. The vivid animals became brisker and brisker as the temperature was rising. It was impossible to get  close to them because they took off  immediately as we approached them.

Protapalochrus flavolimbatus (Mulsant et Rey, 1853) was first recorded from the Kiskunság in the early 2000s.
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We left the flying tiger beetles behind and drove to the village of Fülöpháza.

The blister beetle Mylabris crocata (Pallas, 1781) is typically found in sandy habitats in summer.

Dianthus serotinus.

Sphenoptera substriata (Krynicki, 1834) develops in plants belonging to the family Caryophyllaceae. From time to time the sun was forced to take its time and we had an opportunity to shoot beetles flying briskly around.

A large number of hymenopterans and, to my delight, click beetles were attracted to spurges in bloom.
We ran across the swarm of a tiny species typical to sandy areas.

Paracardiophorus musculus (Erichson, 1840) can be found both on sandy river banks and seashores in Southern Europe. 

Agriotes modestus Kiesenwetter, 1858 prefers sandy habitats.

I never get tired of staring at the ‘wandering’ sand dunes.

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