A ten-lined June beetle ( Polyphylla decemlineata ), a species of scarab that live in Western North America, clings quietly to an alder leaf. When disturbed, these striking and rather large arthropods can make a distinctive hissing sound by pressing air out from under their wings. This creature is also called a watermelon beetle apparently because of its ovoid shape and stripes.
Given the watemelon-like theme, this image would make a great wall hanging for a kitchen or restaurant. Perhaps a poster-sized version over the fireplace for a topic of discussion when guests are visiting.
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF 100mm 1:2.8 USM Macro
1/320, f / 5.6, -0.3 EV, ISO 250
University of British Columbia Farm, Vancouver, BC, Canada
11 Jul 2012
Featured in Insects, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies on 24 Jul 2013.