Subject: Unique Beetle
Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador
April 27, 2013 3:53 pm
On night while I was in Guayaquil, Ecuador, I found this unique little beetle enjoying my soft bed as I retired to go to sleep. Of course, I relocated him to a more suitable sleeping location for beetles, but not before snapping a few pictures to remember him by. Though I love bugs, I’m not very good at identifying them. Hopefully you enjoy the pictures, and are able to find out a bit more about him! This beetle was about the size of a nickle.
Also, how can I learn to identify bugs? What websites/books would you recommend?
This gorgeous specimen is a Scarab Beetle, and we believe it is either Gymnestis stellata or a very closely related species. We initially found a matching photo on the French website Le forum des sciences de la vie et de la Terre. We are also very amused that you can get a Venezuelan phone card with this beetle’s photo on the Colnect website. We would suggest that you get a good field guide for your locality as a way to begin to learn more about insects. If you are from North America, we recommend the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America by Eric Eaton.
Thanks for the quick reply, your identification seems unquestionable based on the other pictures Google supplies! I’ll pick up Eric Eaton’s book as soon as I’m able!
I also have a few more pictures from my stay in Ecuador, if you’d like me to send them in.
Please submit one at a time and put Ecuador in the subject line.