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On the 3rd and 10th of this month I was traveling to the Judean Hills (from Ben-Shemen forest to Jerusalem area). The shortage of rains this year and sunny days brought many plants to flower early. Only Beetles found are Carabus impressus, Calathus sps, Staphylinidae sps - all under stones. also a beautiful and very large Lampyridae larva.

In dung only the smallest Onthophagus and Aphodius species. If nothing will change soon we will have an early and unpredicted season of insects.

I am now waiting for Oxythyrea and Tropinota sps to emerge in my area to see how early they will appear this year. interesting but still very sad.

January 14, 2009 at 2:12 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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