Holy golden lion tamarin of the insect kingdom batman, this has got to be one of the most beautiful beetles I have ever seen! I know I know, I’m going to say that a lot, but this guy is truly amazing.
This fellow is a specimen collected during the recent Hearst expedition to the Philippines. Like this species, many of the collected beetles are small and appear brown to the naked eye. However, once under a microscope, they frequently reveal themselves to be tiny metallic gems! And for the lesser known groups of beetles, chances are only a handful (if anyone), has ever seen that particular species before.
This specimen belongs to the family Elateridae, otherwise known as “click beetles” due to their ability to project themselves into the air by snapping a spine on the underside of their thorax. There are about 9300 species of Elaterids found all over the world, and most are rather drab and cryptic looking, but there are some stand-outs apparently! I just kind of want to pet him.