beetle galleries 1


beetle galleries 2


Be sure to check out the latest Festival of the Trees at treeblog.

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  1. Thanks for looking. I actually spent a couple hours composing text for this post yeasterday afternoon, but became dissatisfied with it and decided to just post the photos by themselves for once (along with the Festival of the Trees link, which is well worth following up). Felt a little guilty for not putting up something more substantial for all the Super Bowl refugees online last night.


  2. I think you have a highly advanced worm civilization going on in the Hollow. These might be epics.


    1. Actually, they’re bark beetle larvae — don’t ask me what species. Not quite as highly civilized as ambrosia beetles, which tend to burrow more into the wood. Ambrosia beetles have mastered agriculture and regularly practice incest, so they qualify for civilization by any measure.


  3. Dave, these are both so lovely–my eyes felt filled up by those very different blues. Good title, too.


    1. Hi Marly – I’m glad you liked. I’m still trying to figure out what those glyphs might say.


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