5.24.2010

Bugs


the bug, originally uploaded by helenlikesyou.

I was in South Carolina last weekend, and saw this red bug futzing around with what appears to be a larval cocoon of some sort? And despite the fact that bugs make me want to bathe myself in bleach, I overcame my fear and engaged my camera's finicky macro setting. In related news, if you have any idea what kind of insect this is, I'd be much obliged to know.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't know what the bug is, but that other thing looks like a doody. The white portion is crystallized uric acid, as in the case of lizards and other reptiles that have a cloaca where everything comes at once.

baren said...

Bombardier beetle? Doesn't look like I can post links here, but there's a little video up on Boing Boing right now.

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/05/26/bombardier-beetle-up.html