Friday, October 29, 2010

Mr. Bumblebee having a chat with a Spotted Cucumber Beetle in Basil... October, 2010

bumblebee and beetle in basil
I first saw a Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata) in my Korean Chrysanthemum 'Apricot' blossoms last year... they seem to enjoy flowers and munching on their petals quite a bit! Imagine my surprise, though, to discover one in my Basil while trying to get up close and personal to a Bumblebee! The imagined conversation goes something like this (from bumblebee to beetle): "Hey Beetle... what are you doing in MY Basil?!"


  1. I love this photo--and I love the caption!

  2. How you have managed such an incredible macro of these two insects (let alone one of them) is totally beyound me, Victoria! I love how they both give each other scale. I purchased a professional Canon redring 100mm macro lens a year ago and still have no clue how to use it. This is when I wish you could be my mentor! Seriously.

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