Scarlet Malachite Beetle
Malachius aeneus

Malachius aeneus
This yellow-faced, black and red Scarlet Malachite Beetle actually posed for me at
Bear River MBR,
Box Elder County, Utah.  İ Carol Davis 6-9-2013

This tiny beetle that I found in the Jordanelle dam wetlands was doing its best to keep me
from taking photos but I finally got this shot as it raced to the top of the grass to position
 itself for flight.
The adults are seen mostly in May and June, according to
Scarlet Malachite beetles are considered beneficial as they not only spread pollen and eat
other insects as adults, but as larvae they prey on other insects.
İ Carol Davis, 6-6-2010

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