You know the feeling. You find it in the sink or the bathroom and you have to run and get the bug identification book because you can’t imagine what that beetle is.
Well, none of us look our best sitting in the tub. I have a Egyptian sort of attitude about beetles because of my father. He loved archaeology and regularly read me Gods, Graves and Scholars as my bedtime book. He read what pleased him. My mother kept trying to insist on things like the Little Grey Squirrel. I may have been only 3 but I knew full well the plot line on the Little Grey Squirrel just couldn’t keep up with the discovering of lost cities and tombs. And beetles.
This did not extend to The Beatles. That’s a taste I acquired much later. If they’d come in iridescent purple and green, that might have been different. And if the Egyptians had drawn them with wings…..
I’m talking about the beetles that are almost ornaments. They were often done as art deco pins.
So I’ve gone in search of beetles. There’s a book called An Inordinant Fondness for Beetles. It will give you the most amazing bug images you’ll ever see.
Here are some of my favorite beetles and bugs.
Sapsuckers. How could you not? They’re pink! And they look exactly like the blooms on the branch. They are just too much fun.
And the Beetles that attend the garden. I so love these. Their shiny crunchy carapaces just please me.
Then there are the beetles that are too wild for words.
I have a love hate thing with Japanese Beetles. The hate thing is completely understandable. They eat everything in sight, but they specialize in roses.
The love thing… They’re iridescent purple green brown. How do you beat that? I’m completely torn. Usually I let them alone.
And how can you be sillier than rhinoceros beetles?
You’ll find An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles at Amazon.com
You’ll find fabulous beetles all over your garden. Look for them there.