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Patiently waiting, she sat on the dusty, fading giant orange mushroom (Omphalotus olearius) and sent out her odoriferous message. He came loudly scampering through the dry leaves on the forest floor, weaving his way over and under. Meandering back and forth, loudly zipping to the left, conspicuously veering to the right in a very wide course, he came closer and closer at an astonishingly fast clip.

Suddenly, and at the last moment, he changed course to miss my feet and he was on the gigantic shroom beside her.

He rushed to her side and paused for a dramatic moment just as their eyes met. Soon they were in a buggie embrace and she slowly took him down in between the aging mushroom caps into a darkness below and disappeared. …

Violins playing, hearts floating, and yes, it really was beyond doubt, freaky. This is where they went.

Sure do wish that I knew the name of this beetle species and I’m hoping someone will tell me. They were pretty huge for this spot in the world, maybe the biggest ones I’ve seen here. They must have been 1½ to 2 inches, even without their antennae.

UPDATE: These giant beetles are called Broad Necked Root Borer (Prionus laticollis)


Photo taken in a hardwood forest in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, USA in Macon County near the small town of Franklin.

© Jean Gregory Evans

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS 1/250s 74mm f/5 ISO-400

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  • Margaret Stevens
    Margaret Stevensabout 3 years ago

    So romantic! I hope she didn’t ‘bug him’! (Sorry, I couldn’t help it)………….. Nice capture by the way!

  • Oh, how I adore a good pun, Margaret! Thanks for this one!! …. And Thanks!!!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • YouBet
    YouBetabout 3 years ago

    My bedtime story! Thanks, Jean!

  • You’re welcome! Sweet dreams. ;)

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 3 years ago

    Great shot, lovely story!

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    lcretyiabout 3 years ago

  • Laura, thank you so much! Just love this group and this current selection is great! There’s one in this current selection that had me laughing so hard that I cried!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...about 3 years ago

    Oh Jean…what handsome beauties! Can you put this in our ID Me ~ Nature Pictures Only group? I think maybe a type of Darkling Beetle…but not sure?

  • Carla, you are the greatest!! Thank you for showing me this group!!! I have longed for such a place! Yes, certainly have entered in ID Me ~ Nature Pictures Only.

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Carla, I added a short video of this bug just under the photo in the comments. Hope it will help to discover the ID. :)

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...about 3 years ago

    Glad you found it since I can’t even seem to spell my own group correctly…lol
    SURELY someone there can help…there’s some darn smart folk there that know their stuff :o)

  • I found the link at the bottom of your page. It is a great thing that you host it too!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, lovely work.

  • Thank you so much, Andrea!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Terrie Taylor
    Terrie Taylorabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Terrie! I’m thrilled!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...about 3 years ago

    Congratulations, great capture!!!!!!

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