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.


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.