Everywhere I look, I see soldier beetles.
They’re in my yard, they’re in my prairies, and now I think they’re getting into my head (figuratively speaking). The linden tree in our front yard is blooming this week, and every flower is loaded with feeding and mating soldier beetles. Over the weekend, my son and I went to our family’s prairie and it seemed there were soldier beetles on every plant!
Daniel and I were at the prairie to look for musk thistles (only found one) and check the cows (found them all). After we accomplished those two objectives, I grabbed my camera to take advantage of the diffused light from the bright overcast skies and Daniel headed to the pond to chase frogs. Dan didn’t catch any frogs, but I managed to get some decent shots. Some of those photos included soldier beetles as the primary subject – they were easy to find. Other photos included soldier beetles accidentally. In a few cases, I didn’t even know the beetles were in the photo until I loaded the images onto the computer back at home.
When I zoom in on the butterfly photo above, I can count five soldier beetles. Can you find them all? One is particularly tricky to find because only the back half shows. I think I see the leg of another, but I can’t tell for sure. If you click on the photo and then click again, you’ll get a zoomed in image (if your computer works like mine).
If you want to learn more about soldier beetles – including how to differentiate them from lightning bugs – click here.
I wonder if they’ll chase away the moths…