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While on a bushwalk, I almost stepped on this iridescent jewel beetle.

The colours and pattern is truly amazing.

I believe it to be the Ground Shield Bug, also known as the Red Jewel Bug (Choerocoris paganus).

Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Dedicated to all those who don’t step on beetles and bugs in the bush….

Canon G12, as is.

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

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  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 2 years ago

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 2 years ago

    Love those colors! I’m glad you didn’t step on it. :)

  • Me too! Thanks for the fave.

    – Michael John

  • sedge808
    sedge808over 2 years ago

    he/she is so beautiful.

  • Sure is

    – Michael John

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 2 years ago

    Ground Shield Bug, Choerocoris paganus
    There are a few in the Shield and Stink bug family…this gorgeous one one of my favorites!

  • Thanks for that Carla!

    – Michael John

  • maggie44
    maggie44over 2 years ago

    So glad you did not step on this beetle, but so ever grateful that you captured it in all its glory:) Brilliant shot of a beautiful creature – love its intrinsic value

  • Me too! Thanks for the comment.

    – Michael John

  • Ian Fegent
    Ian Fegentover 2 years ago

    Very timely spotting to avoid stepping on it Michael – stunning colours.

  • Thanks Ian

    – Michael John

  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...over 2 years ago

    beautiful colours

  • Thanks

    – Michael John

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Thanks

    – Michael John

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Nice shot of this cool Beetle.

  • Thanks for the fave

    – Michael John

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    What a beauty … glad you missed stepping on it !

  • Me too! Thanks for the fave.

    – Michael John

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