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Photo Friday – Now you see it, now you don’t

This lovely buppie landed on the screen door at my back porch two weeks ago. It is golden, glittery, and gorgeous. SO. SHINY.

This is a metallic wood-boring beetle (or “jewel beetle”, family Buprestidae), belonging to the genus Dicerca – a group with many very similar species that require a microscope to get a proper ID. Ted thinks this one has the “gestalt” of D. tenebrosa (I warned him that I’d quote him on that :P). Buppies are lovely, charismatic creatures, and with a beetle in hand, like this one, it seems amazing to me that I don’t spot them more often.

But then, upon placing this bejeweled beauty on a tree, it becomes clear why I don’t see more:

The bronzey-goldey hue and elytral sculpturing suddenly render the beetle all but invisible.

It’s incredible that something so astonishingly “colourful” can still be so incredibly cryptic.

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4 responses to “Photo Friday – Now you see it, now you don’t

  1. ishooteditnblog June 15, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Awesome shots! It looks so fabulous! =)

  2. Adrian D. Thysse June 15, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Beautiful shot, beautiful beetle. Nice to see it (almost!) on a natural background as well.

    • TGIQ June 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      Thanks, Adrian 🙂 I know the background was “cheating” but I didn’t have much of a choice if I wanted to get an “au naturel” shot…

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