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Red milkweed beetles

Mating pairs of red milkweed beetles (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) are not rare (they can couple for hours at a time), but I thought this couple looked cute, in a worried sort of way. The half-lidded expression is because their compound eyes are bisected by their antennae. Beautiful beetles.

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Red milkweed beetles (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)

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Brown anole dewlap

Brown anole displaying its dewlap. Not sure whether this was a male or female, though I’m sure anyone familiar with brown anoles would know instantly. Males supposedly have bigger dewlaps and display them longer … but I only saw this one individual. My guess is that it’s a he.  For a great overview of dewlaps, please see Anole Annals. Photograph from Key Largo, Florida, March 2014.

Brown anole displaying dewlap

Also, sure wish more science fiction movies would equip aliens with these. Missed opportunity for surprise and hilarity.

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