Don’t Touch It!

“Don’t touch it.” In the case of this colorful blister beetle… good advice. According to biologists bright red/orange/yellow color is a warning sign to go away and leave this critter alone.  Biologists refer to the concept of warning coloration as aposematism… apo = away… sema = sign. The beetle in …

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Polyphylla decemlineata (June bug)

June 23, 2007: Gresham, Multnomah County, OR: Chris found this June bug crawling on the back porch. They appear at least annually but are a rare event. According to what I read they nibble on conifer needles at night. If disturbed they will hiss like a cat. Chris assures me …

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