It's been fun learning to identify the country bugs because once you know their names, you've sort of been introduced so....you're almost friends, sort of...
Hello soldier beetle (soldier beetles get their name from their wings which make them look like they're in uniform).
See? It's like he already knows me because he knows how to scramble away from a camera.
Hello ladybug pupa. That's right. A pupa. They can't go anywhere until they're adults...which is probably a week from now. Ladybug pupas can still shake their heads if they want you to go away but this one didn't.
Hello........oh wait a minute....just how many wings are there in there? Five? Six? Oh that is just wrong. Wrong. Shame.......(I poked my finger at them but the three end-band net-wing beetles were locked together pretty tight. Eeeugh. Eeeugh. Eeeugh)!
Hello little flower eating fly (the BugGuide guys say it's a "tachinini" which is a pretty cute name for a fly)...
Or are you Hans?
Good grief. Those are some big thighs. Apparently those big legs are used to kick other male leaflegged beetles but wouldn't you think they could just kick outwards?