Every single one of them.
This was just too much for what should have been a peaceful late Sunday afternoon so I headed for the woods. No sunflowers in the woods=no soldier beetles in the woods.
A Ground Beetle (Dicaelus purpuratus) raced, and I mean raced like in a full-on sprint, across the cement.
I managed to chase him into some leaves where the beetle then covered his head, apparently thinking I had now gone away. As soon as I carefully moved aside the leaf he was tucked under, that beetle was off again and just like that, gone. But then a solid black beetle, exact same size and traveling the exact same mph, tore at us from another direction.
I have no idea what got those guys racing like that....but I soon got distracted with more peaceful and calm bugs.
This Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycsteis) allowed me to photograph him...and photograph him. I took so many pictures and got so close that every photo after that, once I got home and put the photos on the computer, had a big smudge in the lower left corner. But then, maybe that smudge on the lens didn't come from the butterfly, maybe it came from Bella and her nose.
And then I almost walked into this....
A spider acrobat on a line tethered to her yellow-tipped feather prize.
It was starting to get dark so I thought I'd call it a day but not before taking one last look at the yellow flowers to see if they were still covered with those yellow beetles. Hmm, this flower looks like it's not in use...
But one peek behind that errant petal.......