Beetles are the most diverse group of insects in world, a fact that is driven largely by the incredible diversity found in the tropics. While they’re not the most diverse group in North America (that’s thought to be flies, with an estimated 61,000 species on the continent!!), there are still lots and lots of beetles in prairies. They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors, and each has their own fascinating life story.
I’m no beetle expert, so I don’t know as many of those stories as I’d like to, but I thought I’d share a few photos today that help highlight the diversity of beetles out there in grasslands.
Those are wonderful pictures, thank you for sharing!
I love the smalls!
Oh my goodness, I love these photos!!! Very beautiful and cool beetles! 😎
Great photos. You captured some big personalities.
The white-fringed beetle is especially appealing to me; apparently my love of white flowers transfers to non-floral species. All of your photos showing these little critters embracing their plants are charming. I’ve accidentally ended up with a few images showing the same sort of pose, and I love looking at them, even if it does take a day or so to get “Hang On, Sloopy” out of my mind.
Ahhhh,,,these photos warmed my heart and are making me look forward to warmer weather. It won’t be as long as it has been. Excellent photos. Cheers…
Love these beetles- great shots!