Since March I have focused a lot of attention on local biodiversity, both dead and alive, and both inedible and edible. When you least expect it, you can see something intricate, interesting or gorgeous. Here are some of the things I have seen in the last 6 months, as a small sample...
|Clymene moth, seen one evening in July from our porch|
|An Asian lady beetle (not a nice ladybug) is hiding inside a flower umbel of Queen Anne's lace.|
Firefly showing off its bottom end, the one that blinks at night. Fireflies are beetles, not flies.
|This unreal-looking long-horned beetle is called red mikweed beetle - I love the dots and the bent antennas.|
|These mating beetles have to be careful so they don't get stuck with their snouts in the milkweeds' intricate pollination systems.|
All of these are from my backyard and I didn't have to look very hard to find them. Living things are amazing, indeed.