Chuck, Mary Kay and I found this beautiful beetle while we walked along a trail in the Chisos Basin. Chuck was later able to ID it.
We did a little blacklighting at night (under special permit). Such lighting is normally not allowed in Big Bend as the park is part of the Dark Sky project.
We did a little blacklighting at night (under special permit). THis beetle was identified, but I failed to record its name.
The Coleoptera /koʊliːˈɒptərə/ order of insects is commonly called beetles. The word "coleoptera" is from the Greek κολεός, koleos, meaning "sheath"; and πτερόν, pteron, meaning "wing", thus "sheathed wing", because most beetles have two pairs of wings, the front pair, the "elytra", being hardened and thickened into a sheath-like, or shell-like, protection for the rear pair, and for the rear part of the beetle's body. The superficial consistency of most beetles' morphology, in particular their possession...