Meet our county insect

Mid-May is just the right time to look for Upplands county insect – the beetle Cucujus cinnaberinus. As much as 90 % of the Swedish population is found in Uppland. The beetle lives in and on large aspen logs, where the bark has started to loosen.

Photographing insects that don’t stay still for long is always a challenge. Especially if they prefer to run around on the shaded side of the log, like this one did. To freeze the movement I used a flash together with my macro lens. A diffusor on the flash spreads the light, somewhat softening the impact of the flash.