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Insects and Kin

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submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Rose Beetle

Rose Beetle
Copyright (2003) Kythera Museum Of Natural History

Rose beetle.

This magnificent, emerald colored beetle is happily quite common on Kythera, and catching sight of one glinting in the sunlight is always a treat. In “My Family and Other Animals,” Gerald Durrell writes about a Rose Beetle Man, who always had a fleet of rose beetles tied to strings buzzing around his hat.

Rose beetle, 3 cm. Photograph © James Prineas, 2003

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