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Re: bug I.D. please


This bug was mainly found feeding/socializing on plants such as Columbine and Jacob's Ladder in the hundreds, but others have been spotted pretty much everywhere else. It is a beetle of sort, and does fly as well. I think the main purpose of this bug gathering is the dating scene, and have found patches of tiny golden eggs under leaves next to two smooching adults.
 
As for the photo, this is my second attempt. I didn't bother to actually take a picture of it, I placed the bug directly on the scanner bed. The first scan was (how shall I put it?)... Well, let's just say I don't have to worry about that bug any more. With this one, I had my daughter hold up the lid of the scanner slightly so as to make room for the bug's girth. A lesson learned.
 
To remove them, we hand picked them off of the plants, put them in ice-cream pails, then invited them to go swimming, which sadly they were not able to do very well and for some reason, there was no bug life guard on duty.. (shucks).
 
I would still like to know what they are so if I do get visited again, I will know whether to take them swimming again or just leave them be - like the ladybugs.
 
Shauna
-----Original Message-----
From: Harold Peters <harold@directcon.net>
To: iris-photos@onelist.com <iris-photos@onelist.com>
Date: July 4, 1999 11:06 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] bug I.D. please

Just looking at it, your bug doesn't appear all that ugly or threatening. I thought is was rather pretty for being a bug. Of course appearances can be deceiving. Finding out that it extremely destructive would definitely change my perspective. Nice photo by the way.
 
 




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