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It's that time of year again. Actually it's just past that time of year again. But it's the time of year when all the jewel/Christmas beetles come out! I love these Anoplognathus and we had a really bad year for them last year, so I worried that something about my garden (or the weather) was killing them off. But this year they came back with a vengeance, and there's just been heaps of them. :D

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And procreating to make a ton of new baby Anoplognathus!

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Despite their brightness up close, they actually camouflage really well.

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Date: 2015-09-29 08:13 pm (UTC)
tree: tiny cartoon R2D2 says "beep!" ([else] beep)
From: [personal profile] tree
beetle porn!


i mean, these are beautiful.

Date: 2015-09-30 01:35 am (UTC)
venturous: (purple cat)
From: [personal profile] venturous
I hope these are benign beetles - we have someting called the Emerald Ash Borer that is destroying great swaths of timber in the MidAtlantic and Midwest. but its pretty, ;-(

edit: sorry!! I forgot to RAVE about how gorgeous these pics are. so beautiful and excellent focus control.
Edited Date: 2015-09-30 01:36 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-09-30 02:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] venturous
as a nature lover I have run into many 'weed warriors' and others determined to eradicate invasive species. As I see us humans as the ultimate invasive, doing the most damage to habitats, I've always come down on the side of nature's opportunism: if the snakehead fish is successful now that its released in the Potomac river, half a world away from it's origins, well, so be it - the world has now changed. There was no way to call it back - the force of life, in the form of successful snakehead reproduction, is unstoppable. so, now we have snakehead tournaments, and it's a delicious fish. there is no going back.

where i grew up purple loosestrife is an invasive plant. Since I moved away, that and another plant, phragmites grass, have transformed the landscape. for good: loosestrife adds spectacular color to the roadside wildflowers, complementing blue chicory, orange day lily, and white queen anns lace in a fabulous array. for ill: phragmites, a tall cane grass that spreads by runners, has obliterated the native cattails, and blocks the view of our many canals and marshes.

so wonderful to see an acacia blossom - I have always loved that name, and once declared I'd name a daughter Acacia, after an icebreaker ship I got to ride on!

Date: 2015-10-03 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverjackal
Who needs emeralds when you have these living beauties? They are very striking, thank you for sharing them.


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