Of all the freak shows on earth, one of the strangest occurs quite regularly at the Albuquerque Volcanoes. It's the cyclical flux of bugs that make their appearance throughout the Petroglyph National Monument
on Albuquerque's west side.
Over numerous hikes at the Albuquerque Volcanoes, I've witnessed oddities such as: giant furry red ants, strange swarms of caterpillars, and ground burrowing bees. Every time I go, something new and unusual is pupating or molting or hanging around like a midway freak.
Case in point, this odd beauty
, part of the Meloidae
family. Photographed by Kent Swanson of Albuquerque's Open Space division
, it's an unnerving one, isn't it?