Google keeps suggesting I’m looking for “Hegemony”, but I’m not. This is Hegemona, a large darkling beetle we encountered in Belize:


HegemonaThese insects are large- about an inch long- and appear nearly black in the field. Under soft lighting, structural colors in the elytra emerge spectacularly. I suspect the bright alternating stripes serve to warn predators of the beetle’s toxicity, as it emitted a noxious odor when handled.

Thanks to Kojun Kanda for the identification.

photo details:
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 400, f/13, 1/125 sec
indirect strobe in a white box