Once in a while I notice these little orange and black beetles that
remind me of the lightning bugs I used to catch when I was little.
I generally see them on flowers. This Chauliognathus soldier beetle is
on a small purple flower, Winged loosestrife.
I almost didn't see the orange and black soldier beetle on the cluster
flowers; it really
blended in. When I gently nudged it into better view, it stepped on my
fingertip and stood there for a little while.
The soldier beetle on the White Crownbeard flower didn't stick around as
One afternoon several of these Chauliognathus beetles were enjoying
little white and yellow Fleabane
flowers that grew along the waters
I was about to snap a picture of a soldier beetle visiting
, but I got distracted by
the chance to get a shot of the underside of this little tiny
Snygamia florella moth
the time the moth
took off, the
had flown the coop as well.