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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!