Nature Walk - July 12
Pay close attention to the small things and you will notice magnificent beauty.Photography © 2019 - Galaxy s8 phone camera
It turns out this beetle is an invasive species here in North America. They quickly consume leaf matter and all that remains is the leaf vine structure like a leaf skeleton. They're very beautiful with shiny metallic green and copper wings. Especially unique are the 12 fur-like white tufts running along it's side.
Read more about the Japanese Beetle on WikipediaInsect fact sheet from Government of Canada
Found this beautiful red admiral butterfly and got a close photoButterflies of Canada page
Ants and Red Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) Video
Watch the ants digging for nectar up close. After you will also see the red Milkweed Beetle crawl through the grass and pick up some yellow pollen.