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07.18.2021 Bright Shiny Objects

Yesterday’s weevil may not have been cute and attractive but I think we can describe today’s subjects that way. Dogbane Leaf Beetles- Chrysochus auratus are promiscuous beetles mating constantly during their lifespan. I saw several paired up like this, although … Continue reading

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07.27.2020-2 Let this be a lesson to you

My one goal this morning was to find and photograph some Dogbane Beetles-Chrysochus auratus. I’ve looked in their usual hangout a few times with no luck.  That changed today as I found several. Iridescent Metallic Marvelousness It is on Hemp … Continue reading

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07.21.2016 Brilliant Beetle

One of my favorite insects to photograph is the Dogbane Leaf Beetle (Chrysochus auratus).  They are quite accommodating in the morning and allow for close approach and hardly move…just the occasional twitch of the antennae. They are found on milkweed … Continue reading

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07.25.2015 Dogbane Beetle Annual

Across the street from the lotus pond that gave me that lovely bullfrog last week is a nice patch of Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium).  Curiously enough, this beetle which feeds on these plants is known as the Dogbane Beetle (Chrysochus … Continue reading

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07.13.2014 Doggies

Hah!  Fooled ya.  Not what you were expecting, I bet.  This is a Dogbane Beetle (Chrysochus auratus)  and one of my favorites.  It gets its name, for those who aren’t familiar, from the Dogbane plant (Apocynum cannabinum) aka Indian Hemp, among other … Continue reading

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08.27.2013 A visit to the Lotus Pond

Sunday morning I did my weekly walk along the railtrail and Poor Farm Swamp which was my last post.  On the way home I passed the lotus pond that I have visited for years.  It is owned by a very … Continue reading

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