Meet the Beetles, Part 2

All of the beetles featured in this post were spotted during photowalks at Huntley Meadows Park (HMP).

American Carrion Beetle (Necrophila americana)

American Carrion Beetles (Necrophila americana) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

05 JUL 2015 | HMP | American Carrion Beetles

American Carrion Beetles feed on carrion, fungus, or in this case, sapping tree wounds. Mark Jette spotted these odd-looking insects near the beginning of one of the informal trails at the park, and identified them a few days later.

American Carrion Beetles (Necrophila americana) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

05 JUL 2015 | HMP | American Carrion Beetles

Click Beetle (Family Elateridae)

There are so many genera and species of click beetles that the experts on BugGuide were unable to identify this individual beyond Family Elateridae. This specimen was spotted along Deer Trail, a gravel trail through the forest at Huntley Meadows.

A click beetle (Family Elateridae) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

26 MAY 2015 | HMP | Click Beetle (Family Elateridae)

Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus)

As its name suggests, Eyed Click Beetles feature two large eyespots, presumably an adaptation intended to frighten predators. This individual was spotted near the Visitor Center, along Cedar Trail.

An Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

24 MAY 2012 | HMP | Eyed Click Beetle

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata)

The author has observed Six-spotted Tiger Beetles (Cicindela sexguttata) at many locations in the park. They can be quite skittish sometimes, but with persistence, it is possible to get close enough to photograph these spectacularly beautiful metallic green beetles.

A Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

24 APR 2015 | HMP | Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Related Resource: Meet the Beetles, Part 1

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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