Friday Beetle Blogging: This Beetle Has A Pollen Problem

Molorchus bimaculatus (Cerambycidae) on Spiraea

I photographed this little longhorn beetle yesterday stuffing its face with pollen as it ran among the flowers making a mess of things. Of course, such sloppy eaters work to the plant’s advantage. When this beetle takes off for the next bush up the street it will be positively spilling over with the gametes needed to make the next generation of Spiraea.

photo details:
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200, f/13, 1/250 sec exposure
Diffuse overhead twin flash

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