It’s time for dogbane beetles again. A cloudy, rainy morning recently was perfect for photographing these beautiful, iridescent insects:
Time for me to revise my notes on finding dogbane beetles. I wrote a few years back that towards the end of the summer is the best time to look. I’m now finding them reliably when the dogbane starts blooming, towards the end of June to the beginning of July. Last year, my first sighting June 26th, this year it was July 3rd.
I’m still absorbing my visit to the rainforest – the diversity of life, the lush forests, the beauty at every turn. Here are just a few views of the rain forest, all from rainforest uplands not far from Mt Arenal – click an image to see them in a larger size:
There are nature subjects that I go back to, again and again. Dandelions are one of these, the flowers, the petals, groups of flowers, and the transformation into the elegant and rhythmic clusters of seeds. The seed clusters go through their own transformations of rearrangement and dispersal.
This set tells a visual story around the seeds and what happens to them.
The seed in the last image looks like it’s in flight, but it’s actually still tethered (conveniently for me) by a few strands to the cluster. It was blowing around a bit, but it came back to positions like this one.
More images from Costa Rica to come…