Scarabs On Acacia
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I walked in Sabino Canyon this morning. By the creek — which continues to flow relatively robustly — I found a small tree, probably an acacia, in bloom. The tree was covered with attractive white flowers. I looked at it closely, hoping to find a butterfly or other pollinating insect attracted by the blooms. After a few moments’ observations I noticed more than a half-dozen modest size beetles, apparently gorging themselves on the flowers’ pollen.
I guessed from their appearance that these beetles are scarabs, members of one of thousands of scarab species that are distributed world wide. Beyond that educated guess, however, I’m stumped. Nothing that I could find in a couple hours’ research matches these insects precisely.
The closest match I could find is a species of “hairy flower scarab.” The example that I saw on line pretty closely resembles the beetle in my photographs. Problem is, however, that the example species is an eastern species that isn’t found in Arizona. But, it is a close match in appearance, so maybe this is a western hairy flower scarab species.
Whatever it is, it is quite attractive.
Photos taken with a Canon 5Diii, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens, assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, “M” setting. The first photo was made at ISO 125, f8 @ 1/160. The second photo was made at ISO 160, f10 @ 1/160.