A Flying Beetle?
Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 10:06 AM
This lovely creature buzzed my face twice right in my eyes before flying slowly over to the wild grapevine and landing. It then waited for me to get a camera, but this was the best pic I could manage before it took off again. It’s about 1.5″ long, irridescent black-blue-green with an orange upper back. In the same backyard visit I saw a gorgeous dark-orange butterfly I’ve never seen before, but she wouldn’t land to pose for a pic. 🙂
Western Massachusetts, a backyard not far from a marshy thicketed area.
Earlier today, we posted another photo of mating Elderberry Borers, Desmocerus palliatus, the same species as your photo.