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A macro image of the back of a beetle. Chrysolina americana also known as a Rosemary Beetle. The rosemary beetle devours the leaves of rosemary, lavender, thyme, sage and some other related plants. It is 8mm long.

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. ~W.B. Yeats asktonyit

I've got earrings made out of beetles wings that look just like this

The order Coleoptera includes more species than any other order, constituting almost 25% of all known life-forms. Beetles are amazing.

10/1: I'm mostly in love with the texture of this insect's carapace. It's kept from being an overbearing block of color by the small winding lines running through it, and of course the massive straight ones running down the length of it. Additionally, it's a very rich orange. It pleases my cones and rods.

Fascinating Beetle - yellow with bright green markings and red legs.

Horny Caterpillar - Tailed Emperor caterpillar (Polyura pyrrhus)

Piezodorus litoratus: The Gorse Shield Beetle sports two adult coloring related to sexual maturity, green, for those mating in the spring and multicolor for those which appear in the late summer.

Scarab, ahhh dung beetle how you make me giggle... Pure beauty too!

Goliath Beetle - Photo by Michelle at Montreal Bunny Flickr