June Bugs in July

DSCN4482_edited-2June bug in a grapefruit tree. I remember these iridescent bugs from my Arizona childhood. Not surprising, since their habitat is the U.S. southwest. They’re really quite gorgeous. An example of a scarab, the official name of this particular specimen is Figeater beetle.

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  1. Excellent photos. For a vegetarian, I like the predator waiting to attack look in the first photo.

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    1. Thanks David! I think bugs close up are scarey, as opposed to bugs not close up, which are creepy.

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  2. Up close like that it looks pretty intimidating. Great shot though!

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    1. I agree! I wouldn’t want to be the same size, or smaller!!!
      Thanks, Gunta.

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    1. Aren’t they gorgeous!
      Thanks Gigi.

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  3. My 8-yr-old is asking if they are aggressive. Beautiful capture. =)

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    1. From what I read on wikipedia, it doesn’t seem like they’re fighters. I guess those mandibles are for eating fruit.
      Thanks for the visit, Diana.

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  4. Love how you got insect sex into this MK 😉
    (Or am I the only one who noticed ….)

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    1. I actually have a shot that’s more graphic, but I would have had to use one of those black rectangles like in the naughty pictures! I decided on a more modest image.
      Thanks Val.

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