Location: Newton, New Jersey, flower field
September 3, 2011 1:33 pm
These are thick on the flowers right now, and I am not sure if they are some sort of bee/wasp or a beetle? They seem very benign and didn’t mind in the least that I had my camera lens poking them in the face. They seem to be covered in pollen.
Signature: Debbi in New Jersey
Beginning with the end of summer, sightings of Goldenrod Soldier Beetles or Pennsylvania Leatherwings become quite common. Adults are commonly found on blossoms with a high pollen content, including goldenrod. Goldenrod Soldier Beetles very effectively mimic stinging wasps, but they are harmless themselves.
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