Thursday, August 6, 2009

An Emerald Ring?


No, it's Cotinus texana! 

The family Scarabaeidae as presently defined consists of over 30,000 species of beetles worldwide. The species in this large family are often called scarabs or scarab beetles. 

Scarabs are stout-bodied beetles, many with bright metallic colors, measuring between 5-60 mm. They have distinctive, clubbed antennae composed of plates called lamellae that can be compressed into a ball or fanned out like leaves to sense odors. The front legs are broad and adapted for digging.

In ancient Egypt, scarabs were revered as sacred. 

This green beetle has an appetite for our Southern California figs. We have something in common!

2 comments:

  1. What an interesting-looking ring! ;-)

    Paz

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