Early morning stack of this rather common beetle resting on a Plantago- bud.
These beetles have interesting life cycles. The females drop their eggs from the vegetation above and around ants nets (Formica rufa-complex). The eggs resemble seeds and the ants carry them into their nests where the beetle larvae hatch, live, feed and grow until they pupate after 1-2 years.
Stacked from 52 natural light exposures in Zerene stacker.
Canon 5DmkII + Canon MP-E65 @ 3X, 1/6s, f/5.0, ISO400