I spotted this beetle outside on the veranda last night. However, it wasn't too keen on being picked up, and decided to tuck all its legs in under it and pretend to be dead.

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 8th December 2009, This photo: 8:37pm

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  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Hmmm, Dave....Shhh - but I think it's dead!
    I shall call him George :-)
    (but will consider changing his name to Ringo if he's proves to actually be alive! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    heheheehe ;-)
  • SkattyKat said:
    lol - doesnt look to be much life in him does there ?
    Beautiful colours though.
    All the beatles round here seem to land on their backs - try & turn them over & they roll back !
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Yes that is correct SkattyKat - the Beatles were well known for their "Chemical Kookiness" in the 60's :-)
    Good to see they are still at it :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    See that's what he wants you to think!
    Maybe he thinks he's a Walrus ?
  • looby88 said:
    being dead is good defense, most things prefer their dinner to be fresh !
    .... defense...defence.. neither look right... !!
    what sort of bug is it, is it common ?
    I'll look through this site myself later !
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Ugly, in a nice way ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    Defence I think you'll find.
    I'm going to guess a type of Christmas Beetle (Family Scarabaeidae, Subfamily Rutelinae - Possibly Anoplognathus porosus), but not yet in it's full colours.
    Oh I dunno, there are uglier beetles out there, I quite like Christmas Beetles, the colourful ones are quite pretty in their own shiny metallic way.
  • Adam Randell said:
    Ahh the christmas beetle, its all good if you have a screened house:)
    Excellent DOF David, cool colours mate.
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Looks like me 7am in the morning.
  • David de Groot said:
    Screened AND air-conditioned - what more could you want over summer ? ;-)
    Bug-eyed and sleepy ?
  • looby88 said:
    I have spell checker on- and put in defence- and spell checker didna like it !! No offense to our friends from the USA but they spell our English language all wrong, it is our language after all..... and then all the spell checkers seem to speak in American !!
    I had looked at scarab beetles but didnt find it. Christmas beettle because it appears this time of year perhaps ?
  • [ Kane ] said:
    David de Groot Its the eyes ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    Precisely (on both counts!).
    Additionally, some Christmas Beetles (presumably the males, but I'm not an entomologist), develop shiny metallic colours around Christmas time.
    You have something against proportionally large lidless eyes staring at you ? ;-)
  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    This little bugger looks good enough to eat
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    *Ahh big man with camera and pulse gun, quick, retract!*
  • David de Groot said:
    A tasty morsel you reckon ?
    Two flashes to be precise ;-)
  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    Served on a golden platter.
  • David de Groot said:
    With chopsticks and a small bowl of chocolate dipping sauce ?
  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    You read my mind.
  • Margot- said:
    Looks like a well-done beetle to me. You crabs and shrimps - turn read when they are cooked.
    Sun-tanned beetle? Hmm, sounds Christmasy to me.
  • alborath said:
    great shot!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - I don't do a lot of macro work, but it's handy when you need to.
  • GJ Wind said:
    He is much to slow for Herbie.
    Great macro!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yes and no racing stripes either ;-)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    lol, it's so cute - I love the background colours - fab shot :D
  • David de Groot said:
    Green railings are handy eh? ;-)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    they certainly are in this case :D