Beetle Belly

The big boys threw the basketball over the playground fence. Heading across the parking lot to retrieve their ball, I was stunned to see this beautiful, if deceased, beetle on the ground. Do we really have beetles this fabulous in Texas? Or is it a planted teaser for a Curse of the Mummy movie?

This gem is in a box in the elementary classroom now. Look at its belly! How exquisite! What a costume it would make. "Thank you" isn't usually my thought when I have to chase escaping playground equipment. I can see I'm going to have to expand my casual study of insects and other creepy creatures.

© 2008 Nancy L. Ruder

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