I found this writhing mass of colorful Western Green June Beetles on a tree branch near the banks of the Verde River. What were these beetles doing so enthusiastically? Mating? Fighting? Eating? Whatever they were doing, I left them to it and just enjoyed their metallic green beauty.

Date: August 3, 2007
Time: 12:06 p.m. MST
Location: Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Arizona
Camera: Kodak Z650 Zoom Digital
Exposure: Automatic, flash on

Revised: August 11, 2007
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