Tag Archives: Polyphaga

09.16.2022 Wet and Wild Beetle Beauty

I’ve seen these several times but this was the first one dew coated. I was looking for dragonflies and damselflies but since I am easily distracted, a good thing for a photographer to avoid tunnel vision, I spent some time … Continue reading

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08.21.2022 Sunday Night Leaf Beetle

The dew all over this beetle is something we need in much larger amounts and tomorrow may be the day…we hope.  I know other parts of the country need rain even more than we do but I can tell you … Continue reading

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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.  🙂 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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