Anybody know what kind of beetle this is?
Seen at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center; Houston, Texas.
On a trip to the Westminster Butterfly Pavilion a few weeks back, we saw this interesting crowd on a cluster of branches:
I’m not sure why it was such prime real estate for the little critters, but they were all putting in a good effort to chase their neighbors off the twigs. At any one time, at most 4 butterflies were on the branches while 3 or 4 were hovering nearby, trying to take their places.
Another shot from the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado â€” this time of some honeybees in an indoor display case:
Youâ€™ve probably seen them, those honeybee cases in botanical gardens and such. The honeybees get to build their hive indoors, with a tube leading outside to an area with flowers. Meanwhile visitors get to see them hard at work.
I discovered something on this visit â€” regardless of the temperature indoors, the honeybees seem to be far less active when itâ€™s cold outside. Even though I had my ring flash, I think the beesâ€™ slow motions helped me get a nice, sharp image here. Unfortunately, you can also see a little bit of a smudge on the glass over on the left side of this shot.