I have decided to offer up my very own virtual beetle collection in honor of the first edition of the carnival created just for beetles. An Inordinate Fondness is the name that Ted MacRae has given to this new blog carnival, dedicated to his beloved beetles. My method of observing and contemplating beetles (as well as just about every wild thing) is to walk around and see what I see. Maybe scratch in the dirt with a stick, ruffle some leaves on the ground. This method of beetle-hunting has not rewarded me with any beetles lately, but I have a virtual collection to share:

Top row: Spotted this happy couple while vacationing in the Ozark Mountains last summer (June, 2009). I think they are Hairy Flower Scarabs, possibly Trichiotinus piger.

Middle row: Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida)

Last row: The first two are different species of Lady Beetle, Family Coccinellidae. The last beetle is another Hairy Flower Scarab, probably an Emerald Flower Scarab (Trichiotinus lunulatus).

And this last little animation is one that I have previously posted – but Ted said he liked it, so here it is again. Apparently, this is some sort of beetle larvae, working hard at digging into a twig!

In this next month, I’ll be busy looking for new beetles since I will be hosting the second edition of AIF!

7 Responses to “Beetle Collection for Inaugural Edition of “An Inordinate Fondness””

  • AAAUUUGGGHHH! The green June Beetle! So many weeks spent dodging those things, and invariably they hit me anyway and get tangled in my hair. I always want to have a little chat with them. “Ok, I can’t believe you can survive with flying skills this rotten. Practice, practice, practice! And quit landing in my cup of tea!”

  • There’s a patch of ground on the east side of our house that is a major breeding ground for them. Sometimes, there’s a low-level hum, punctuated by thuds, that permeates the air outside. The hum is the flying, and the thud is the sudden ceasing of flying as they hit a wall. Or me. Probably me.

  • These are gorgeous shots, Amber! I wonder in the top row if the lovers are mating or if the male is mate guarding. In either case, it’s a lovely embrace. I think the flower scarab IDs are correct. And your first ladybird beetle is a convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens). I can’t tell on the second one without seeing the thorax and head.

    And I had to laugh about the green June beetle comments. Joy’s description is perfect! I usually know it’s late summer when they begin bouncing off the windows and walls during their hazardous aerial misadventures.

    • Re: the lady beetle, I was hoping that the number of spots indicated a native species. I saw this one while visiting a patch of native blackland prairie.

      Joy’s comments had me laughing out loud!

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  • I’d never seen a green June Beetle until moving to Arkansas, just the brown June Bugs that most everyone else seems to call May Beetles.

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