A female Rhipiphorus sp. wedge-shaped beetle lays an egg in an aster. These odd insects are parasites of bee larvae. On hatching, the young beetle grub will attempt to hitch a ride back to a bee's nest where it will attack the bee's own offspring.
Shawnee National Forest, Illinois, USA
Focus-stacked image of a preserved male. University of Texas Insect Collection.
Calosoma scrutator - the fiery searcher (Carabidae)
Savoy, Illinois, USA