Macro Monday: two June bugs hanging out

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

My kids and I spotted the two green June bugs below while on a summer stroll in San Diego. At first, they looked like they were tackling each other and it was challenging to even see what type of bugs we were looking out. Honestly I have no idea if they were fighting or actually enjoying each other’s company. You can see I’m not much of a bug expert. And technically, these are called figeater beetles (Cotinis mutabilis), not just June bugs.

Eventually they separated and just stood next to each other for a little while, long enough for me to snap a few pictures.

Close-up of two green June bugs (figeater beetle)
Close-up of two green June bugs (figeater beetle)
Macro Monday: two June bugs
Macro Monday: two June bugs

These figeater beetles (part of the scarab family because they’re so big) have been part of our summer about everywhere we’ve been. They tend to flight blindly into everything and everyone. They startle a lot of people by flying directly into their faces and induce a lot of shrieks and rapid movements. My kids tell me they actually can’t see where they’re going and I think they may be right. They sure look a lot nicer when they’re standing still, with their metallic green wing casing closed. I got lucky the day I managed to photograph one of those green June bugs inside a yellow rose.

Are you a fan of green beetles, or would you rather say away?

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Inside

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “inside”. You can click on the photos below for a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

Check out these artificial grass blades inside this bubble. Some actually went through all the way to the other side and still that bubble didn’t pop.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: grass blades inside a bubble
WordPress weekly photo challenge: grass blades inside a bubble

Have you ever looked a the pistils inside a rose? They’re quite amazing.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: pistils inside a yellow rose
WordPress weekly photo challenge: pistils inside a yellow rose

Here’s a blue damselfly locked inside my house, longing to get out. It wasn’t very helpful in its release, but I still managed to get it back outside.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Inside - Blue damselfly
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Inside – Blue damselfly

Here’s a busy bee collecting nectar from these yellow flowers and putting it inside the bags on its legs. Nature is so well designed!

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Inside - bee collecting nectar inside bags
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Inside – bee collecting nectar inside bags

Finally here’s a visitor inside this yellow rose – a green Junebug beetle.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Junebug beetle inside rose
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Junebug beetle inside rose