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Podabrus sp. Soldier Beetle Urbana, Illinois Last week we featured a larval soldier beetle. Today we have an adult of the same family (Cantharidae), in the genus Podabrus. photo details: Canon EOS 50D camera Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens ISO 100, f/13, 1/250sec

Meet Dynastes granti. This behemouth of an insect is North America’s heaviest scarab beetle, found in the mountains of the American southwest where adults feed on the sap of ash trees. I photographed these spectacular insects a few years ago while living in Tucson. The impressive pronotal horn on the beetle pictured above indicates a…

Friday Beetle Blogging: Trox Hide Beetle

Scarab’s shrewd cousin, Elytra warty like hide. Must be Trogidae! Photo details: Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D ISO 100, f/16, 1/250 sec, indirect strobe in white box

Notoxus desertus – Antlike Flower Beetle Pyramid Lake, Nevada This furry little beetle comes with its own sun visor, a horn-like structure that projects over the head from the pronotum.  I photographed this Notoxus along the shores of Pyramid Lake where it was feeding on pollen. Photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on…

Edrotes ventricosus (Tenebrionidae) – Dune Beetle California, USA In arid environments around the world, darkling beetles in the family Tenebrionidae are among the most prominent insects.  Their thick, waxy cuticles excel at retaining moisture.  Edrotes ventricosus is a dune inhabitant in southern California. Photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS…

A Podabrus soldier beetle hides away in the leafy folds of an understory plant in an eastern deciduous forest.  Soldier beetles (family Cantharidae) are predators of other arthropods. photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f13, flash diffused through tracing paper

Don’t let the pretty colors fool you. Trichodes ornatus, like many checkered beetles, is a fierce predator whose larvae attack the young of wood-boring insects. photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS D60 ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f/13, flash diffused through tracing paper.

The Taliban Beetle

Meet the Taliban Beetle. I took this picture in 2004 while visiting the collections at the Natural History Museum in Basel, Switzerland.  For reasons I was unable to discern, a coleopterist working in the collection in the late 1990′s had intended to name this new Afghani ground beetle after the country’s ruling party at the…

The Giant Tiger Beetle Amblycheila cylindriformis is a tank of an insect, at 35mm in length the largest tiger beetle in North America.   Unlike the more familiar day-active Cicindela tiger beetles, the flightless Amblycheila lumbers about at night, catching hapless insects in its massive jaws. Photographing Amblycheila was difficult on account of the insect’s shiny…

Martineziana dutertrei Fire Ant Beetle Texas Any insect that can fool an ant nest’s security system gains access to rich stores of food.  Martineziana scarab beetles are found only in colonies of Solenopsis fire ants where they feed on the ants and their brood.  This beetle was collected from a red imported fire ant mound…