These things were everywhere, mating and eating flowers. Beautiful creature.
Cruz del Monte
On Indian blanket flower. My tentative ID is probably way off
23 June 2015
I’m on a road trip with John and Kendra Abbott. In addition to looking for odonates, they are also working on a new field guide to insects of North America. They are doing some black lighting at night as time and locations permit. I took advantage of the light box photo set ups they are using to take illustrative images of various insects, so I’ll post a few I took here. These were insects that were collected at a light at night, then photographed. ID by Dr. John Abbott.
Blister beetles are beetles (Coleoptera) of the family Meloidae, so called for their defensive secretion of a blistering agent, cantharidin. There are approximately 7,500 known species worldwide. Many are conspicuous and some aposematically colored, announcing their toxicity to would-be predators.