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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Unusual Longhorn Beetle

This has to be the most unusual color for a Longhorn Beetle.

34 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

As you say very strange colour, great photography as always. Diane

troutbirder said...

Strange and dangerous looking to me!

Vagabonde said...

I don’t know much about this beetle, so I looked it up. There are about 20,000 varieties of longhorn beetles. My dear, you will be able to take many photos…..

Rambling Woods said...

Geesh...your horns get there a minute before the rest of you...

冠伶 said...

haha~ funny! thank you for your share~ ........................................

Smoke said...

It was such fun to meet you Joan, and I enjoy your pictures and comments to them.

Becky said...

As beetles go, this is a beautful blue. Very odd indeed. I wouldn't be scared of him/her. Thanks for sharing!

SaraG said...

very cool!!
you get the absolute best pictures!!
Thanks for sharing!!

Mary said...

What a lovely blue and the stripes on the antennae are great!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Diane. I could not imagine why he would have that blue colour. A very hard one to use to disguise yourself with as there is not much blue in the bush.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! Luckily I am bigger than him TB so he did not frighten me too much. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You are right Vagabonde, I have many years of finding insects ahead of me and then will still not have found them all, but I sure am going to try. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I would hate to have to carry those antennae around with me Michelle. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks 冠伶 an interesting insect. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Wonderful to hear from you Reardon. Thank you for the wonderful day.

Loved the stories on your blog too. You should put them into a book.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hey Becky, where have you been? You have not posted for ages and I love them. :) This sure was a strange color for any insect. I saw a spider and a stinkbug in the same color and wondered about them too. Where would they hide to get away from predators? They do stand out a lot.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You are welcome Sara. We do have some unusual insects here. Thanks for commenting again. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Mary. This was an interesting one to find and actually, for all its blue color, not that easy to spot.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joan: What a great find, it sure can feel its way along.

Craver Vii said...

That's kind of an electric blue. Hey, I wonder if it's a mood beetle, changing the hues to match what it's feeling. :-)

JM said...

Incredible blue and the 'longhorn' name surely makes it justice!

Steve Borichevsky said...

It looks like the turquoise jewelry that we have in the South West!

Krista said...

You did a great job of capturing this one. He is scary looking - but beautiful. So many of the insects you bring to us are that way! :o)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! It sure wont have a problem 'feeling' its way around Tom. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hey, you might be right about that Craver. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I wonder if the birds find them attractive too Jose? :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You are right Steve, it does. Maybe they would be less visible there than here as we do not have turquoise. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Krista. The insect world is incredible and I wonder how many species you have in those colder climates. here it is almost like a jungle. :)

Krista said...

Hi Joan, I think we have relatively few species of insects; especially compared to your climate! I know we don't have anything exotic or poisonous; they just don't survive the winters here! That could be changing though - temps are getting milder each year!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What a pity Krista but I know here they do not like the colder weather either. Well I am glad I can share mine with you. We have LOTS of poisonous and biting, stinging ones. :)

Gaelyn said...

Is it really Blue? Or were you spray painting again? LOL You have such a great eye. Maybe this is the cover shot for buguide.
Will email very soon.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It is one of those claymations Craig always talked about Gaelyn. LOL!! No, it really is blue.

I know you are busy right now getting ready for your opening season but I would like to hear gow it is going with you.

Anna said...

Joan I keep pressing this Older Post link, and keep getting amazing photos of your insects, lol, I probably will never leave, lol. Nice capture, what a nice insect he is. Anna :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! Thanks Anna and you are welcome to stay premanently looking at posts. :) Glad you enjoy them.