Chrysina gloriosa - Glorious Scarab
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Surely among the most beautiful of the beetles, Chrysina gloriosa is an herbivorous insect that feeds on juniper leaves in the mountains of southwestern North America.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Huachuca Mts, Miller Canyon. 1810m.  31º24.7´N 110º16.8´W  Riparian forest, collected at blacklight.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro USM lens.