Whirligig Roundelay – 1993

Graphite, watercolor, pen, color pencil – 16 x 11

In summer these beetles can be seen at stream side spinning around on the surface of calm water, like square dancers trying to respond to more than one caller.  Actually they are snatching up insects that fall from above.

This is one from the Insect Portraits collection, and also appears in Conversation With Bugs.

Whirligig Beetle, Gyrinus species, Family Gyrinidae, Order Coleoptera

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