11 May 2005

Another master of disguise

Bumble Flower Beetle, Euphoria inda

Weather is warming up, but still only a few species of odes. Stylurus and I were out this weekend in a favorite spot, when a fat, brown, buzzing insect flew by me. I thought it was a bee, until it dove to the ground and buried itself under some dead leaves. I carefully uncovered it, and found a hairy scarab beetle a little smaller than a June bug. What was this odd clumsy thing? Mark O'Brien informed me it is the Bumble Flower Beetle, Euphoria inda (how often do you find a creature where both the common name and the name of the genus are cool?). More information on this insect (and better photos) can be found at BugGuide.Net.

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