Saturday, August 15, 2009

Coleoptera

Early in the morning I found this handsome critter clinging to a piece of embroidery I had left by a lamp. Evidently he had come in during the night, attracted by the light which had been left on. He clung to my finger with his strong scratchy feet as I carried him outside. . .

. . . and decanted him onto the lily leaf. Such a good-sized beetle, and so attractive with his mocha coloring and evenly placed black dots. If Coco Chanel had been into designing beetles, this might have been one of hers.



I found out that he's a Grapeleaf or Grapevine Beetle -- which makes sense as we have wild grapevines growing not for from the house. And he's welcome to all he wants to eat.

A close look reveals that he is "fearfully and wonderfully made . . ." What a beauty!
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8 comments:

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Nature is amazing! :)

willow said...

Oh, such handsome guys! It's bug day over at the manor, too! :^)

Reader Wil said...

This is a very nice set of photos of all the sides of the beetle. Thank you! Thanks also for your comments.

Vicki Lane said...

As always, click on the photo to biggify. He has the most gorgeous antennae, ending in triple fans.

Miss_Yves said...

Beautiful close-up!

vicki archer said...

Sweet little thing...Have a wonderful weekend, xv.

Victoria said...

Great photos, Vicki! I love his antennae and his beautiful coloring.

Vicki Lane said...

His coloring really reminds me of those Chanel pumps -- mocha with a black patent leather toe.