Topic: Kiron 105mm: Woodland Dor Beetle

Towards the end of a recent fungus foray, a lot of these were seen on the ground. Unfortunately, I was unfamiliar with the extensive forest and had to keep up with the group. I would like to have experimented with angles of lighting but had little time. These beetles are very shiny and have a purple sheen in daylight. This one was quite active but paused to allow a few shots.

It seems that you have to examine the underside to confirm the species. However, this seems to be the only British one mainly found in woodland so I am fairly sure it is the Woodland Dor Anoplotrupes stercorosus.

EM-1, Kiron 105, f16, twin TTL flash, hand-held.