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BeekeeperBean
Kendall, WA

October 29, 2012
5:21 PM

Post #9319530

this beetle (of some sort - that's the first question), is covered by little beetles(?) or somethings - that's the second question. Is this procreation or parasites? Does anyone know what's going on here? The image was taken near Maple Falls, Washington in July(ish). This is the northwest corner of Washington state, in the Mt. Baker foothills: cedars, alders, big leaf maples. Closest big tree was a big leaf maple.

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Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

October 30, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9320542

Looks like a carrion beetle in the genus Nicophorus carrying a load of mites that are hitching a ride to the beetle's next food source
http://plantsand-animals.blogspot.com/2009/06/mitey-burying-beetle.html

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 31, 2012
6:56 PM

Post #9321539

wow!

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2012
10:52 AM

Post #9321993

I agree. Wow, indeed.

(Hi, Sally!)

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 1, 2012
12:43 PM

Post #9322068

Hi kwanjin- I knew you'd like this!

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2012
3:03 PM

Post #9322164

If you don't click on the second photo and enlarge it, it looks like a stone covered with a swatch of pink beaded fabric. Add another 'Wow".

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2012
3:11 PM

Post #9322176

I do! LOL

Sos07

Sos07
IJAMSVILLE, MD
(Zone 7a)

November 2, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #9322911

Large black spider with yellow stripes.I ran across this fellow when I was cutting down a maple tree.There was a funnel web nearby,but I've never seen a funnel weaver with a body the size of a penny.I would like to know if anyone knows what this could be?
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

November 2, 2012
3:53 PM

Post #9323027

Unless you saw the spider on the web, they may be unrelated. Spider could be an Argiope sp.

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