Monday, April 28, 2014

Beetles in the Everglades

Last week I was in Everglades National Park looking for the Florida Leafwing butterfly.  I also found a bunch of interesting beetles, such as this pair of soldier beetles in a salt marsh on salt wort.

 I've seen this beautiful Clerid or Checkered beetle on thistle flowers here before, but this one on Coreopsis struck a beautiful pose.

This mating pair of Cerambycid or longhorn beetles didn't seem to mind me taking a photo.  If anyone knows the specific name of these, I'd like to hear from you.

Owl flies are so unusual.  They have butterfly-like antennae and the body of a damselfly or a dragonfly.  However, they are actually related to antlions.  They are predatory.

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