Soldier On

Colorado Soldier Beetles: Photo by Noelle

Colorado Soldier Beetles: Photo by Noelle

They were quite beautiful against the bright yellow wildflowers. I thought I’d capture them on camera and see if I could bring their brilliance to life on my blog. They’re Colorado Soldier Beetles and they were everywhere. Covering every yellow bush I could see. I came close and began taking pictures. I noticed they seemed to be on top of each other. I stopped taking pictures and looked more closely. Every single beetle I could see was actually a pair. The bushes were covered in copulating beetles.

Colorado Soldier Beetles: Photo by Noelle

Colorado Soldier Beetles: Photo by Noelle

I laughed till my belly shook. I laughed so loud it echoed off the foothills as I sat in the middle of that field with mating Soldier beetles.

“Pardonnez mon intrusion, mes amis. Continuer!”

Colorado Soldier Beetles: Photo by Noelle

Colorado Soldier Beetles: Photo by Noelle

10 thoughts on “Soldier On

  1. That’s way better than the Japanese Beetle infestation that ripped through our garden last summer… Beetles seem to come in plagues. Is that the correct term? Like, you have herds, families, prides, murders, gaggles, mobs and… plagues… 🙂

    Michael

    • Don’t forget swarms. I don’t know what it is but as I get older I seem to be making piece with bugs. Except for fruit flies. There is clear discord there. In my garage there’s a big, black spider. I like spiders, but she’s got one of those huge bellies that sort of makes your hair stand up. We’ve been talking about how it would be totally cool if she moved out. I’m holding out that she’s contemplating it….

  2. They aren’t shy at all, are they? I don’t know about that spider….maybe lots of little black spiders in her belly? I am trying to be positive here, but that isn’t a very positive thought……to me.

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