Thursday, May 28, 2009


The “June bugs” I am used to are smaller and lighter in color than these inch-long behemoths, but both seem to be species of the Phyllophaga genus of May beetles. There are about 300 different Phyllophaga species in North America, most on this side of the Rockes. Note the three-part club on the antennae. Above also see the elytra, or hard covering of the wings (the mark of the beetles, order Coleoptera) open and the wings exposed.
Wings tucked away. Caught these with the flash outside, where they were bumping into the girlfriend in the dark. Back inside, reviewing the thumbnail images, we found one of the beetles on the camera strap.
Multicolored Asian Ladybeetles going at it.
Spring azure butterfly. The violet inner wings only seen in flight. Small, close to the ground, pretty, these butterflies make one happy.
This is some kind of bumble bee mimic. It does look bumble bee-like when flying, but note that in stillness the wings and eyes make it look all fly. (You, Gentle Blogreader, can't hear its fly whine, so different from a bumble buzz.) Also, no self-respecting bumble bee every seems to pause long enough for such a great pose. This one maybe of the syrphid order of flower flies, disguised thus to avoid predators.

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