Busy as a Beetle

mating pair of dark iridescent leaf beetles

The female of a mating pair of leaf beetles (family Chrysomeliidae) quite typically of many insects doesn’t waste time getting caught up in the moment; she continues to feed.

Sorry, no groundhog- or Super Bowl-related post today, just more bugs. The iridesence of the beetles’ elytra really makes this photo stand out for me, especially the differing colors of male and female.


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