Whoa, just realized that I reached 1500 followers today! Here’s a bonus BotD, a lovely jewel beetle (Chrysobothris chlorocephala) for #1500, @drea-alfa-wolf !
P.S. - Those tick marks on the left are millimeters. This is a wee beetle!
The other day I heard my dog barking, so I went to check on her and see what wildlife she was scoping out in the window. Instead, I found her staring at the wall. I turned around to leave her to her silliness but then I realized she’s a poodle, which means she’s wicked smaht. So I went back to check and sure enough, there was this beetle crawling up the bricks right where my dog was staring.
Turned out to be a scarab beetle, Osmoderma eremicola. I’ve been seeing a few folks post photos of these big beasties in their homes this summer - they must like to come indoors for some reason.