08.17.2015 Back to the bugs…errrr, beetles

One of these days I might settle on a particular subject of interest…insects, flowers, landscapes, water in motion…there is just so much in Nature to experience and I have never been able to narrow my pursuits into one area.  Generalists…stand tall and be proud!  🙂

Locust Borers (Megacyllene robiniae ) visit our boneset every year.  As with Ambush Bugs and Crab Spiders, they can often be found on Goldenrod as well.  These Longhorns don’t lie in wait and just go around gobbling up pollen from flower to flower.  In between floral hopping, the female adults lay eggs in Black Locust trees, which we are fortunate to have a plenty.  The larvae overwinter under the bark and feed on the tree before pupating and emerging as adults in late summer…like now.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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30 Responses to 08.17.2015 Back to the bugs…errrr, beetles

  1. Jim in IA says:

    I like their antennae.

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  2. Hmm. I think I like this one. Very pretty. This is a keeper; no not the bug. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Yvonne. Nope, I don’t keep bugs..living or pinned. I prefer them natural although that does limit the possibilities. They have busy lives and I don’t like interrupting their pursuits for a picture.

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  3. Beautiful macro work Stephen. The details and clarity are superb. Not sure we have this critter out here in the far West.

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  4. Andrew says:

    I would like some of these in my garden Steve, as one generalist to another 😀

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  5. What a cracker, Steve.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    That second photo is fabulous. I very much like the contrast between the bold decoration on the bug and the almost frilly boneset. He looks like he’s wearing safety stripes.

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  7. krikitarts says:

    Striped splendor. Sweet stuff, Steve!

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  8. So interesting and eye catching, love this great macro shot.

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  9. Agreed, agreed, and agreed. Why limit ourselves to one subject? Especially “Nature” which encompasses such a huge amount of topics. I also think that insects for the most part strike either fear or disgust in many people, thereby the bad rap. Shame really, as they are amazing creatures and many of them are so necessary. These beetles are beautiful.

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  10. That second one’s a killer—the photograph, if not the bug.

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