September 01, 2002

Autumn Entomology III

Image copyright Fred First

Not like most folks are tempted to cuddle a beetle, but probably even potential predators give this Goldenrod Beetle a little space at first, since its markings are quite similar to yellowjackets and other bees and wasps who are colored with yellow and black.

This beetle plays the part even to the point of making a high-pitched buzzing when you handle him, even sounding like a wasp.

They are harmless members of the "wood-boring beetle" group, and another of the seasonal guests we know to expect each September, when the goldenrod appears out of nowhere to dominate the roadsides and pasture margins.

Posted by fred1st at September 1, 2002 06:37 PM
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