After gobbling down some aphids, this beautiful ladybug rests atop a wildflower leaf. Winfield, PA, USA.
Hence the name, the blue fungus beetle sports his aptly-named attire and seems to feeds exclusively on fungus. Madera Canyon, AZ.
Erratically-encountered and sometimes in large numbers, especially in springtime, these beetles can leave nasty blisters if startled. Oro Valley, AZ.
This weevil was much larger than any I've previously met. He/she posed beautifully amidst the acacia leaves. Portal, AZ.
A large weevil who seemed to be feeding on the young acacia chutes. Portal, AZ.
A stunning cottonwood stag beetle as seen from above. Portal, AZ.
Little is known about these large, pretty insects. Adults seem quite fond of acacia leaves and actively buzz from one buffet to the next in the hot, desert of Southern Arizona.
I believe this imposing creature in known as the cottonwood stag beetle. They tend to be found amidst deciduous leaf litter and sometimes in playground wood chips. Portal, AZ.