5.13.2010

Just a Pretty Beetle

I believe this is a goldsmith beetle, Cotalpa lanigera. It was hanging out on the porch door this morning.

 

 

 
Posted by Picasa

12 comments:

Tom said...

Very cool!

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

It's beautiful.

Woodswalker said...

Beautiful colors, and I love that furry vest!

gillesarbour said...

A real gem - I have never seen one like this. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Swampy- I didn't know insects could be so beautiful! I'm going to have to get an insect field guide! Maineiac

Ellen Rathbone said...

It's gotta be one of the scarabs, no? A lovely specimen, even if it is known to do significant damage to plant roots, were it feeds.

jason said...

Very cool! Great looking beetle, Swampy. Seems like a rather friendly critter.

You should submit this to An Inordinate Fondness, the blog carnival about beetles. The next edition is hosted by me, so I'll include it if you would like.

I hope you're well!

Woodswoman Extraordinaire said...

Whoa. Now THAT's a beetle! Extremely cool.

MObugs said...

Gorgeous beetle. I've never seen one before, except in field guides.

swamp4me said...

Greetings all,
I'm glad you like the beetle. It really was quite pretty.

Ellen,
Yep, it's one of the scarabs.

Jason,
I'll try to remember to submit it!

Joy K. said...

Goldsmith, indeed. The first picture makes it look as though he's exuding your ring.

beetlesinthebush said...

That's a nice find. I've only ran into the species once in almost 30 years of collecting beetles.
Ted