Rosalia longicorn (<i>Rosalia alpina</i>)

Despite the fact that this rare insect is a protected species, and actually the mascot animal of Duna-Ipoly National Park, I had to save it from being killed by disrespectful hikers on Csóványos... The insect's distinct color and pattern helps to hide in its habitat, the beech tree.

(Börzsöny Mountains - 20.07.2008.)

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yatsek

yatsek - Nov 19, 2008 8:15 am - Voted 10/10

The Mascot

I guess, due to the fact they're so common? or rare?

peterbud

peterbud - Nov 19, 2008 9:18 am - Hasn't voted

Re: The Mascot

Rare. This was the first time I've met one. Not that if I was so good at spotting rare animals :) but anyway, I was looking for it since a long time.

yatsek

yatsek - Nov 19, 2008 9:41 am - Voted 10/10

Re: The Mascot

I've got to say I am surprised. I thought a moment, then actually opted for "common" (given all the beeches and warmer climate). I'm not sure I've ever seen any in Poland though they do live here as well. I don't think you'll be surprised if I tell you I saw them in the mountain forests of Romania
Cheers,
Jacek

peterbud

peterbud - Nov 20, 2008 4:29 am - Hasn't voted

Re: The Mascot

Well, I wouldn't say they are the rarest ones here, but given the fact that their habitat is most often disturbed by forestry activities, it is a pleasure to see one of them crawling around :)

yatsek

yatsek - Dec 5, 2008 5:28 pm - Voted 10/10

Marriage

Peter,
I've married Hungarian and Romanian Rosalias. I hope you can live with that.
Cheers,
Jacek

peterbud

peterbud - Dec 9, 2008 4:10 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Marriage

No problem from my side :D

yatsek

yatsek - Dec 9, 2008 4:41 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Marriage

Aha, as I caught mine on the north side of the main ridge of the S Carpathians, I think they can still speak Hungarian as well

peterbud

peterbud - Dec 9, 2008 7:40 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Marriage

Not necessarily, but I guess all of them speak the Rosalia dialect ;)

yatsek

yatsek - Dec 9, 2008 9:49 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Marriage

Right! That's why equipped with antennas BTW Do you by any chance know why the antennas are brighter than the body? To draw the opposite sex from across the border???

peterbud

peterbud - Dec 10, 2008 11:38 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Marriage

No idea... it might just be fashion stuff...

yatsek

yatsek - Dec 29, 2008 12:50 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Marriage

What about putting your European jewel in here?

peterbud

peterbud - Dec 29, 2008 10:16 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Marriage

Dzieki, Jacek! I attached it.

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