Beetle in the cave

As a macro-photographer, I have a wishlist what I would like to see and shoot from the world of arthropods. One of the targets was the endemic ground beetle Duvalius gebhardti found only in a small mountain range in Hungary. Its way of life is still unclear. All we know that adults live in narrow caves and crevices in the karst.
I visited one of the known habitats, a cave in the Bükk Mountains with young biologists and a caver, and luckily, we found a few living individuals. Now let’s see the pictures of the short excursion. Some of the photos were taken by a member of the team, Márton Szabolcs.

Weird company walking to the cave.

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Before disappearing in the dark.

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Ouch, this is really strait! Claustrophobics turn back!

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A lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) spending the winter deep in the cave.

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On the walls we could see large parasites of the bats. These ticks (Ixodes vespertilionis) differ from the common ones in their long legs.

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Another one, looking to be starving:

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A young fire salamander found almost 300 m from the entrance.

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The highlight of this trip – the tiny, 4 mm long Gebhardt’s blind ground beetle (Duvalius gebhardti):

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Improvised field-studio with helping hands:

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4 thoughts on “Beetle in the cave

  1. michaelmarlow

    Your website is off to a great start, Nikola! (Glad you picked WP.com; makes it very easy to follow!) Very good shots too, as usual, even if some were ticks (ha!)…very intriguing beetle …and nice photos by Márton too…

    Reply

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