Nilio sp. - Darkling Beetle

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

This colorful Panamanian insect looks at first glance like a Chrysomelid leaf beetle, but don't be fooled. It's an unusual member of the darkling beetles, family Tenebrionidae.

Panamá, Panamá.: Pipeline Road.
09º08.0'N 79º43.3'W 80m. 29.vii.2007

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MPE 65mm 1-5x macro lens.