Alex Wild on insects, science, and photography
Moneilema sp. (Cerambycidae) Tucson, Arizona, USA
Note the soothing green backdrop. Take a deep breath. Relax.
Posted in: beetles.
My only exposure to this species has been through the Nintendo game Animal Crossing on the Gamecube. That’s probably a good thing, since I prefer a nice glass panel between me and beetles, at minimum.
I’m actually rather glad of the silliness today, because it has introduced me to your fascinating site – and kudos to you for keeping a cool head and not responding to the silliness.
I’m looking forward to exploring the rest of your photography!
Thanks, Leslie! I’m glad you stopped in to participate.
I’m sure *this* time your views have shot up a bit! If so, it’s too bad it wasn’t a result of your wonderful photography and entomological commentary. But I hope, as with the commenter above, that many will now notice the finer things of the blog!
You don’t suppose it’s trying to mimic an Eleodes?
I would suspect not – these beetles seem quite formidable on their own, with very tough exoskeletons and stout spines. The microhabitats of the Eleodes and this Moneilema are different as well. (And the resemblance isn’t very convincing, at least to my eye). But I’m not a beetle person, so maybe someone will contradict me with authority!
Too many synapses firing at once in the instigator of the previous post’s head – YIKES!
Cool green backgrounds, pleasant formicid family scenes, honeybees gathering Bouteloua pollen, etc. – Bring ‘em on!
Awww, so cute! And very soothing indeed — thank you!
Beautiful! I adore those beetles.
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