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Polybothris sumptuosa gemma from Madagascar. These beetles are woodborers and can be considered pests. I think if termites were this pretty I’d end up just letting them eat my house ♀️. The elytra of this incredible jewel beetle feature hues of the deepest blues, and shift from violet to turquoise and a radioactive green. The pronotum bears brilliant ruby red flashes amid an emerald surface that contrast like lava against a sapphire. You’ll also notice the back is covered with clustered tufts of white hair which resemble a starry sky or maybe the gentle falling of snow in the evening.
The undercarriage of this beetle is equally beautiful, if not more so (swipe over). Underneath is a metallic peridot with beautiful magenta to blood red to tangerine shifts that remind me of the turning of leaves to their autumn apparel.
Definitely one of the prettiest beetles I’ve had the pleasure of working with and I hope you guys agree! #beautifulbizarre#oddities#pinsandbeetles#wildworld#insectlovers#taxidermyart#natureisbeautiful