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Migration of a Water-beetle

Nature volume 52, page 223 | Download Citation

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LAST night, at about ten o'clock, a beetle flew in through the open window, alighting on a bowl of roses in the centre of the dining table. On being dropped into a finger-bowl he promptly dived and swam merrily, and proved to be a specimen of the ordinary brown water-beetle, to be found in every pond or ditch of water. Now the nearest water to my dining-room window is the Thames, distant over a quarter of a mile as the crow flies, whence this water-beetle must have flown. Can any of your readers inform me whether such long flights have been observed before in connection with the pairing season or migration of this species? I enclose you a rough sketch of the beetle, not knowing its specific title amongst the Coleoptera.

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    • ROSE HAIG THOMAS

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