Cotinus mutabilis – Fig Beetle

Tucson, Arizona

A few weeks ago we started noticing these giant green scarabs flying about Tucson.  They’re about the same size and clumsiness in the air as carpenter bees, but brilliant green in color.  My wife- a bit of a bug geek herself- was given a few for her birthday last year by one of her customers at the market where she works.

If you ever encounter a fig beetle larva, be prepared for something truly weird.  They ignore the fact that they have legs and walk upside-down, lying on their backs, their little legs pointed up.

photo details, top photo: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon 20D

bottom photo: Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens on a Canon 20D.


  1. #1 Eric
    July 29, 2008

    Another set of stunning photographs. I love the shape of this ones “face” a truly beautiful shot. Good luck on the move!

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