Bugs of the field 2014: a bee mimic, colorful beetles, and more

Watch out! I'm a bee!

Watch out! I’m a bee!

I'm not kidding - look at my big stinger! I'm REALLY a bee!

I’m not kidding – look at my big stinger! I’m REALLY a bee!

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Come on, government, you can do it…

The butterfly was a California Sister. Photo by M. LaBarbera

A California Sister butterfly on my hand. Photo by M. LaBarbera

This summer in the field, once, a butterfly landed on my hand. I am reminded of it now that the government isĀ maybe going to think about reopening and not plunging the world into economic crisis. Except that the butterfly was a delicate and beautiful creature that I felt might startle at any moment, while the government is… well, it might startle at any moment, but the other adjectives do not apply.

Come one, government! Do it for this crazy reverse-colored ladybug! And also, you know, for people.

A Rathvon's lady beetle from my study area. Photo by M. LaBarbera.

A Rathvon’s lady beetle from my study area. Photo by M. LaBarbera.

UPDATE: Huzzah.