A beautifully prepared example of the trilobite Metacanthina issoumourensis. Preparing it in this manner so that the matrix is removed from below the edges and it appears to “fly” above the rock requires dozens of hours of work by a very skilled preparitor. One of many new fossils for sale added to FossilEra.com
My camera couldn’t capture the brilliance of the luminescence produced by this Click beetle. It is a Pyrophorus spp. These beetles are also known as “headlight beetles” for obvious reasons. It was quite incredible, they shined continuously and brighter than any lightning bug I have ever encountered.
I read this about them, coincidentally, from the father of the entomologist that runs my school’s collections:
"Headlight beetles are large click beetles notable among click beetles in their unique ability to produce light. An intense glow emanates from two round luminescent organs on the prothorax and a broad area on the underside of the first abdominal segment. In flight both sexes produce a brilliant blue-green streak of light that dazzles the onlooker."-Charles L. Hogue
Hey I'm Kelsey I'm from the lovely San Diego getting my education on in San Francisco, majoring in Fine Art Sculpture! I was raised by a Biologist and a Writer, I'm an eccentric, a health nut and an Amazon (I'm 6ft tall). I love all things to do with Nature and being a Nerd. I post my personal artwork here too! Now let's have an ADVENTURE!
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