Friday Beetle Blogging: An Early Jewel Beetle

Acmaeodera jewel beetle, Konza Prairie, Kansas

I took a break from ant-hunting at Konza Prairie last week to poke around for whatever other buggy treasures I might find. This little jewel beetle was quite cooperative, sitting gently in a dandelion to feed on pollen. I’m going to leave this one as Acmeaodera sp., unless the more coleopterologically adept of you wishes to offer a more specific identification.

*update: Ted MacRae, with lightning speed, identifies our beetle as Acmaeodera tubulus.

photo details:
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 400, f/13, 1/125 sec
Diffuse MT-24EX twin flash

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