The world is full of deception.
At every turn, something is not what it first appears to be.
And a closer look reveals the true being.
Even in our field, now quiet of birds and chirping insects, except for a lone cricket in the tall grass, a deceiver is among us.
Winding around the heavily flowered stems of goldenrod, peeking from the bright stalks as I walk past, Locust Borer beetles. Their inch-long slender black and yellow striped bodies more like those of yellow jackets than the harmless (to humans) beetles they are. Drawn to visit these flowers of fall as adults, the larva feed, tunneling within the branches of Black Locust, a common tree to fill disturbed areas of the Midwest.
As if they were one and the same.
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