Bee with spotted wings?
Location: Northern Illinois
August 11, 2011 7:31 pm
I was photographing this butterfly, when this bee looking insect flew into the frame. I can’t figure out what it is? The tail looks like a bee, but the wings are something I have never seen before.
This is a positively gorgeous action photo of a Viceroy Butterfly and a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus pensylvanicus. The beetles are commonly associated with goldenrod. You were quite fortunate that the beetle flew into area encompassed by the very shallow depth of field in your image. You can read more about the Goldenrod Soldier Beetle on BugGuide.