Fiery Searcher – 1991

Color pencil, pen, watercolor – 14 x 11

This beetle runs very fast up and down trees and all over the ground in search of caterpillars to eat.   I’ve fixed it like an ornament to a wrought iron gate to arrest it for a moment of close inspection.  The fiery part of its name comes from its dark shiny exoskeleton which flashes metallic green in the sunlight.  

This is a member in the Insect Portraits collection, and makes an appearance in Conversation With Bugs. (a ‘blank’ journal published by Pomegranate Artbooks.)

Fiery Searcher, Calosoma scrutator, Family Carabidae (Ground Beetles), Order Coleoptera

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