Many people don't realize that beetles have wings. They are order Coleoptera
, from Greek koleos "sheath" and pteron "wing." What looks like a hard shell on their backs is the covering for their wings. It was good of this guy to open those wings a bit and give us a look. Coleoptera
contains more species than any other order of insect; more than 400,000 species are known, and it is likely that millions await discovery. Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100mm macro lens, Canon Ringlite and Speedlite 580EX II in A:B C master/slave configuration.