Tag Archives: Polyphaga

07.11.2022 Flower Longhorn Beetle

I didn’t cruise the yard much yesterday but while taking our dehumidifier water out to the rain barrel I noticed a beetle on one of our Queen Anne’s Lace plants. That merited running back into the house hoping that it … Continue reading

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09.01.2021 Wednesday Weevil

I think many of us associate weevils with cotton boll depredation (that species has been mostly eradicated) but they are not limited to just that one crop.¬† I posted one earlier that eats milkweed and now this one that eats … Continue reading

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07.20.2021 Banded Longhorn Beetle

I am not sure what it is about Longhorn Beetles but I do enjoy them and hope you do too. And, as an added bonus, this Gooseneck flower head has a double front and center.

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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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07.17.2021 Nature is not always cute

After yesterday’s frog sweetness this is quite a change. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there is a beauty to even the homeliest of creatures. You maybe see things differently.  ūüôā Milkweed Stem Weevil-Rhyssomatus palmacollis I … Continue reading

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07.12.2021 Macro Monday

This Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle- Labidomera clivicollis, is not very inconspicuous with that bright red (sometimes orange) strong coloration and its distinct black markings on the elytra.¬† But that red most often in nature cries out “do not eat me … Continue reading

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06.29.2021 Coexisting Coworkers

Usually when a second insect lands on a flower the one there first takes off. These two seemed oblivious to the other and kept about their work.¬† Although lady bugs, lady birds to some, are known as predators of smaller … Continue reading

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06.28.2021 A darling of a darkling

Guess I reached a bit for a cute title.¬† Most gardeners wouldn’t consider this beetle a darling but a pest.¬† They chew the bases of vegetable plants and do cause some damage. That I saw this one at all was … Continue reading

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07.05.2020-2 Swamp Thing

Beetle, actually. Strangalepta Flower Longhorn Beetle-Strangalepta abbreviata on White Meadowsweet-Spiraea alba. I visited the swampy meadow again this morning after being clouded out for the full moonset. I was hoping to see something new, which this is, along with whatever … 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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