Big Bugs Cast Shadows Over Italy

There are some mighty big bugs in Italy.  Some of the wasps I’ve seen are huge, and scary.  Luckily, for those of you who are like me: not the world’s greatest bug fans, these miniature giants of the Italian bug world are not often to be spotted.

But they are there, and, boy, are some of them big beasties.  The beast you are about to see, which was apparently some 3 inches (7cm) in length, and thus not exactly tiny in bug terms, was found beetling around the Carso area of Italy.

For the uninitiated, the Carso zone is also, and perhaps better, known as the kras, karst, or karst plateau.  In actual fact, it is this limestone plateau area that straddles the border between Italy and Slovenia which gave the world the term Karst topography.  End of geography lesson.

Aside from being home to big bugs, the Carso area of Italy, which can be found near Trieste, also happens to be rather unspoilt and beautiful, like so much of Italy.

And if you visit the Carso, and are really lucky, or unlucky, depending on your point of view, you might even get to spot one of these not-so-little fellows.

Stag Beetle on the Wing in Italy’s Carso area by Drag’n’Drop

Stag Beetle on the Wing

Stag Beetle on the Wing by Drag'n'Drop

He’s a fearsome beast, isn’t he?  Fearless too, as the big bug tried to attack intrepid cameraman Drag’n’Drop, who, surviving the attack, kindly added this image of Italy to Italy Chronicles’ Everything Italy Flickr group.  Thanks Drag’n’Drop.

More of Drag’n’Drop‘s photographic work can be seen on his (or her?) Flickr page.

Let the Carso Area Bug You

If you fancy photographing fearsome, and fearless, bugs like the splendid specimen in the photo above, then why not head to Italy’s Carso area?  You are sure to get a buzz out of the experience.

There, I’ve written about Italy and I haven’t even mentioned Berlusconi once.  Rats, just have.

Have a good weekend.

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  1. says

    Your flashers keep your photos from loading on my slow connection, but I know what they look like.

    Here’s a hint for dealing with another big bug, the calabrone. I discovered thqat everyone doesn’t know this when my friend was bitten the other day. If you get stung/bitten by this huge hornet, immediately make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it thickly to the sting, then lie down and relax. In moments the sting will calm down and in a while longer it will be as if it never happened. The calabrone gets less venomous as the season goes on, but he hurts like a son of a gun anyway.

    Any signs of shock, however, and call 118. Really. Do it.

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