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christmas beetle

March 22nd, 2012
by Michele Elliot

I was surprised to see this Christmas beetle on our verandah last week, better late than never?

2 Responses to “christmas beetle”

  1. 1 Jo Law
    March 25th, 2012 at 17:14

    What a beautiful creature with its iridescent exoskeleton! It almost looks mechanical.

  2. 2 Michele Elliot
    March 26th, 2012 at 09:34

    Yes it does Jo. By coincidence, I’m reading an Artlink on Phenomena … has an article on Insect Media with examples of Dean Christ’s cyborg-like beetles and butterflies.

    The editorial also mentioned something I’d read years ago about ‘live’ jewellery. In Victorian times, women would fasten exotic beetles to gold chains on their bodices, as living brooches.