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Pleasing Fungus Beetles ~ Gibbifer californicus by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken at Mt. Lemmon 2 years ago using a Canon Powershot SX100IS (my first canon) Tucson, Arizona

Pleasing Fungus Beetles are often present in large numbers on the fruiting bodies of various fungi, especially bracket fungi on logs. There are about 50 species in North America.

Gibbifer californicus is the only North American representative of this neotropical genius. It is a fairly common insect on fungi or rotted wood in moist habitats at higher elevations in the southwestern U.S. Larvae are nocturnal and feed in groups.

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My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtover 4 years ago

    These guys are just way too cool! Perfect timing! Great job.

  • LOL, I wish I could tack credit for the timing! Truth is that they were like that for a while, as well as many others in the surrounding area. In fact I was about to sit another pair to get a different angle and saw them before contact…lol! Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 4 years ago

    Very nice macro my friend. Well done. Looks like more are on their way ha !…Hugs…Tom

  • Very true…lol. Thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Junior Mclean
    Junior Mcleanover 4 years ago

    nice photo!!

  • Thank you Junior for taking the time to view my image. I appreciate the time you took darlin! Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    I would’ve thought there was NO pleasing fungus beetles, but I stand corrected. Great shot. Nice pleasing colors!

  • LOL, well I agree, they do look pleased, even if they are blue! Thank you Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture

  • Hehe, thank you Deer!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    Very nicely composed, with perfect dof and exposure! : )

  • Thank you Sandy for that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture!

  • Thanks Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 4 years ago

    Cool! :) I love their beautiful blue wing patterns! :)

    Gabe :)

  • They were fun to photograph no doubt, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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