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Tue Nov 5, 2019, 12:10 AM

more insect photos

I hope y'all don't mind me posting more of these images. I haven't had time to get out much so I'm taking studio portraits of insects from my university collection.

The ten lined June beetle, Polyphylla decemlineata:




A mummified (and zombie) ten lined June beetle larva, infected and killed by Ophiocordyceps ravenelii, an entomophagus fungus. I'm not certain about the fungal identification-- this is on the northern California Pacific coast. The fruiting bodies emerge from the grub's head. Remember that parasite emergence scene from Ridley Scott's first Alien movie?




Dasymutilla aureola, a cow killer velvet ant (a wingless wasp, actually, at least the females). That pointy bit is fearsome.




Cicindela sexguttata, the six spotted tiger beetle. I love iridescent beetles!



As always, there are more photos at original resolution at https://mcamann.smugmug.com . I hope you enjoy them!

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CaliforniaPeggy Nov 5 #1
mike_c Nov 5 #2
littlemissmartypants Nov 5 #3
Callalily Nov 5 #4
pansypoo53219 Nov 5 #5
enough Nov 5 #6
Karadeniz Nov 5 #7
alfredo Nov 6 #8
Atticus Nov 7 #10
alfredo Nov 9 #11
Skittles Nov 6 #9

Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 12:14 AM

1. I think these are wonderful, my dear mike!

I'm all in favor of you posting your work.

Gorgeous creatures! Your photography is amazing and gorgeous.

Post whenever you feel like it!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 12:16 AM

2. thank you!

I really enjoy sharing them.

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 03:17 AM

3. Beautiful. Thank you. ❤ nt

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:09 AM

4. Amazing photos.

And thanks for including descriptions.

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:24 AM

5. very cool. i LOVE the little chartreuse beetles up north WI. turn bronze in fall.

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:34 AM

6. Beautiful insects, beautiful photographs. NT

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 02:57 PM

7. I think we all enjoy the photos...keep them coming!❤

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 12:35 PM

8. We had the Red Velvet Wasp here in Ky.

Some were quite anxious when using the outhouse. There was the fear one was under the seat and would sting you. Thanks for the beautiful photos, and the memories of the days there were monsters under the bed, and wasps under the hole in the outhouse.


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Response to alfredo (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:11 PM

10. We had the same critters---we called them "fire ants---and the same fears in southern

Illinois. As kids, we understood the "fire ant" name was partly due to the red/orange color and partly due to the burning pain caused by their sting.

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Response to Atticus (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 07:00 PM

11. We called them Fire Ants too.

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 07:39 PM

9. these are AMAZING

a real treat to see

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