Not so hidden treasure

 The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels:  it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.  ~ Salvador Dalí

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Jewel Bug, sitting pretty.

Looking at this emerald iridescent beauty it seems like there was never a truer word spoken.

I know (I think!) that he is a green Scutelleridae Jewel Beetle of some kind, although I’m not sure of the exact species. Possibly Chrysocoris.  He was furiously sucking the juice out of a berry on a bush in the late afternoon sunshine when I found him.

They are also known as Metallic Shield bugs, but I think jewel beetle is more becoming.  Although perhaps less scientifically correct, as they are in fact a bug, not a beetle! Bugs go for the liquid diet, unlike beetles, which prefer to chomp and chew.  And this little guy was certainly very busy sucking up the juicy offerings from the plump pink berry he was sitting on.

A beautiful, unexpected little piece of nature’s shiny treasure for a Sunday afternoon.

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