Thursday, May 15, 2008

Why AZ is pretty rad: Chrysina gloriosa

I still remember when I saw my first Chrysina gloriosa 4 years ago, the iridescent green and silver orb clunked into my black-light, confused and disoriented. It made me wonder, what evolutionary forces resulted in such brilliant metallic coloration on a beetle that is mostly active only at night. Last year during the monsoons, these beetles were at times, the most common scarabs to come to my black light.


Al Allen said...

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americanbeetles said...

Hi Kojun-- found your blog via Alex's.

Holy crap! That's a lot of Chrysina. The last time I went blacklighting in AZ (okay, 7 years ago) we went out looking for those but only found 2 or 3. It was right before a monsoon, though, so maybe they weren't out in force yet.