21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mating dance of the Red Milkweed Beetle #2

On a weekend visit to Asheville, NC, my wife and I decided to visit the city's Botanical Gardens, a part of the University of North Carolina. Strolling thru the gardens delightful terrain took me to a plant that was hosting these Red Milkweed Beetles. Unlike most insects (especially butterflies), they seemed oblivious to my presence, so I was able to take 4 or 5 photos at very close range.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America
Camera: Pixel 7 Pro
Copyright: © ralph blessing