Gentian and a matching bug

Gentianopsis holopetala Sierra Gentian and an unknown species of insect

Photographed along the North Fork Big Pine Creek Trail about 1/2 mile before First Lake, John Muir Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, CA

July 20, 2008


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slowbutsteady - Mar 27, 2012 12:41 pm - Voted 10/10

the colour purple

Very nice. The insect seems to have a purple color, similar to the flower Was the insect that color or is the flower reflecting color onto insect? Charles Baxter.


slowbutsteady - Mar 27, 2012 12:47 pm - Voted 10/10

reason for the color...

After closer inspection, it may be that the wings are acting like small lenses...projecting the color onto the stripped abdomen of insect.

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