15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
A beautiful orange beetle, nursing her young, on a seed pod.
a rare photo of a mama beetle, nursing her children while resting on a seed pod. I didn't notice them at first. I was just looking for something small to test out my new Sigma 18-250mm lens when I came across these seed pods. There were many of them along the shore line of lake Michigan. I shot a few when all of a sudden, there was a family of orange beetles. I thought they were just sitting around each other. I didn't realize what was going on until I looked at the photo later on that night. I thought, WOW, its a mother beetle nursing her young. Its been my favorite photo ever since.
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||Sept. 21, 2017, 3:36 p.m.