|All Photos by Fred Fisher 4/10/2013|
The 'bugs' above are a type of Blister Beetle. From Margarethe Brummermann:
Dull orange beetles of the genus Nemognatha love the thick pink heads of New Mexico Thistles. Their elongated maxillae form a sucking tube that allows them to compete with bees for the nectar. On the flower heads they also find mates and lay their eggs.
Two-tailed Swallowtail nectaring.
Thanks, Fred Fisher, for these fantastic finds!
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