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Watermelon Beetle buddy. | by RichTatum
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Watermelon Beetle buddy.

Also known as the 10-Lined June Beetle, this huge guy is common to the Northwest and Canada – but was a stranger to me until I encountered him on my back porch.


He was large enough that I didn't really need my macro lens to shoot him, but the real difficult part was capturing him in a low-light environment. Fortunately, he didn't move around a whole lot.


But when he hissed at me as I tried to reposition him, I certainly moved! (I had visions of a beetle emitting noxious gases in my face when angered!) I didn't know anything about this scarab, and I didn't want to take chances while shooting him for the first time. Fortunately, the hissing sound is just his wings pushing down, forcing the air out between his wings and back.


Wikipedia, The font of all contemporary knowledge, states, “In some regions the meat of the scarab beetle is consumed as a natural aphrodisiac, however they are only edible if eaten raw.”


Uh... Noted.



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Taken on July 5, 2013