Stag beetle at night lit from side, dramatic black and white macro portrait West Sussex UK © P. Maton 2019

I had a privileged nocturnal encounter with this handsome chap when he flew out of the darkness to settle on my brother-in-law’s shirt! Despite the dramatic entrance it proved to be a great opportunity to handle this magnificent creature and he seemed very amenable to a quick torchlit photoshoot; I then placed him safely on one of our apple trees to continue his quest for a mate.

West Sussex


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Dead Brown Centipede Lithobius forficatus curled on its back on scratched steel surface, black and white monochrome macro photograph © 2018 P. Maton
Expired in hyper-reflection

Brown Centipede

Lithobius forficatus 



The Centipede’s Dilemma

A centipede was happy – quite!

Until a toad in fun said,

“Pray, which leg moves after which?”

This raised her doubts to such a pitch,

She fell exhausted in the ditch

Not knowing how to run.