Near the shore of McNally Bay, we encountered an American Carrion Beetle (Silpha americana)
perched atop of a small beaver-gnawed tree stump. When I moved closer to
photograph it, the beetle quickly dropped to the earth and frantically worked
to bury itself in the loose forest mulch. We supposed that it might have
been out and about in the afternoon sunlight, attracted by the carrion scent
of the Red Trilliums (Trillium erectum) in bloom throughout the park.
In a stand of Ironwood growing atop one of the highest, rocky ridges, we noticed a Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata)
on the dry earth of the trail. Its metallic green body flashed brilliantly
in the strong sunlight as it moved rapidly through the parched grass and
last year's fallen leaves. It paused momentarily, reared up and began to
spread its elytra. I managed to take one quick photo before it launched
itself and flew away down the path.