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Beetle on a lemon tree

I saw the shimmering green carapace of this lovely creature as it sat on a branch of a lemon tree late in the afternoon. As I began to shoot it, the insect became aware of my camera lens and quickly scurried down the branch to look for a hiding place. It found one between two closely spaced leaves. Once it had crawled between them, it was very hard to see. Fortunately it moved slowly enough for me to take several photos. This shows it off to best advantage, I think: both the shimmer on the carapace and the strange acid magenta on the underside.


Complete ID thanks to Adrian Warren: Chrysocoris stolli. zxgirl adds that the common name is, very appropriately, a jewel bug. This is a true bug; not a beetle.

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Taken on November 11, 2007