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Gold Digger of 2017

Rather than drilling into its namesake plant, this Locust borer (Megacyllene robiniae) was digging for goldenrod. Looked like beetle cousin to the yellowjacket.

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Minewalk

Covered in a shiny, corrugated plastic-like shell, this Locust leafminer beetle (Odontota dorsalis) meandered up and down its preferred host slowly excavating nutrients. Unfortunately for this and other locust trees in the park, this miner was only one of many.

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Dogbane Afternoon

Whether friendly or fighting, these Dogbane beetles (Chrysochus auratus) brightened their host plant like two festive, shiny baubles.

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Upright behavior

Perpendicular from their more common crawling position, these Oil beetles were standing right in the middle of one of the small meadow paths in Weltz Park. The larger female seemed rather uninterested in what her consort was up to, preferring … Continue reading

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False eye splashes

If not for the oversized ocular ovals on its back, this Eyed click beetle (Alaus oculatus) would’ve blended in fairly well as it crossed an asphalt path. Smaller and less noticeable, its actual eyes are closer to the antenna bases.

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The Vertical Day in the Sun

Not at his preferred eating establishment at the moment, but certainly nearby, this Red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) flew and climbed his way around a group of several large plants.

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Fluorescent blight

Although the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is probably seen primarily as a pest, at least its bronzy wings and glossy green front make it an attractive one.

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