Sunday, September 4, 2011

Green beetles in late summer

old beetle, old flowerThese shiny green beetles, Cotinis mutabilis, seem to be everywhere lately. In fruit trees, to be sure, but they are also flying everywhere else, and they are low and slow. Their choice of resting spot seems to change as they age, from up in the trees near their food, to pretty much wherever they land. Often they end up shrubs very close to the ground.Resting beetleMakes it easy to see them up close and get some good shots.

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