Host and Guests – Showy Primrose
Who is out and about in the Showy Primrose flowers?
Another great nymph photo on BugGuide.net.
This beetle is named for the Stillingia plant it is often found on. More information about it here. (On some Internet sites the beetle and plant are spelled Stallingia — but the guidebook Insects of the Lost Pines and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center both spell it Stillingia so I am going with them.)
As I was taking these pictures, I accidentally hit a combination of buttons on my camera that I had never hit before, and found out my camera has a “slow-synch” mode. I had seen that term on photography blogs so I decided to try it. That is the only explanation I can come up with for some ghostly images that turned up –the slow-synch flash caused double exposures as the flowers whipped around in the wind.
I really like that effect and I will try it again sometime. But I also enjoy getting to zoom in on these insects and see them clearly!