We all spend time spreading our last summer treasures, arranging our collection, studying books ... but we miss the thrill of insect collecting. So we dream of exotic collecting trips, of colourful butterflies while it is rainy and cold outside.
But even in those depressing times, there are some fantastic bugs to be found even near big cities like Paris and London : Carabidae (Ground beetles) !
Here are the tips to find them :
- go to a beautiful forest where dead trees are not removed (those "natural" forests are harder and harder to find... ), can be a small wood too.
- bring a small axe tool that we call "piochon" in French. The perfect Carabidae tool is like those : http://www.atelierlatrouvaille.com/454-a-marteaux-de-geologue-estwing : it must be very solid but not too heavy
Then simply go to the forest and break dead tree barks with your axe. Also try under mosses.
--> you will find plenty of wonderful Carabidae some as beautiful as jewels.
Some examples I found near Paris this winter :
Carabus auronitens, light copper form, Rambouillet, January 2013
Carabus auronitens, green form, Rambouillet, January 2013
Carabus problematicus, Rambouillet, January 2013
Carabidae are very interesting to collect. As they have no wings, they cannot move on large distance. With fragmentation of forests due to human activities, evolution has created hundreds of wonderful local forms. It means that each forest has some local forms, below are variations from Carabus auronitens in NW France for example. Some forms are extremely rare and worth a lot on the insect market.
Picture found on Google, if someone know the author, I would be happy to quote him.
Thanks to Carabidae, our long winter is not a nightmare anymore !
And you, do you collect Ground Beetles ?
You can find Carabidae for sale here : http://www.collector-secret.com/index.php/ins/coleoptera/carabus/