sometimes known as the “Tumble Bug” Melanocanthon bispinatus is a species of scarab beetle (Scarabaeinae) that is native to Eastern North America. Adult M. bispinatus are active from April to July and have a varied diet which ranges from fungi to the dung of various animals.
Cyphochilus is a genus of beetle with an unusually bright white body, occurring in Southeast Asia. The whiteness of its body is caused by a thin layer of a highly reflective natural photonic solid in its scales and has nothing to do with pigment. The secret is in the size of the filaments of which the scales are made and the spacing between the filaments. This structure scatters light in an unusually efficient manner. Unlike colours, which can be created by using highly ordered structures to scatter light, white is created by a random, simultaneous scattering of light.
It is believed that the beetle’s whiteness has evolved to mimic local white fungi as a form of camouflage while it feeds on sugar cane but science’s recent interest in this genus of beetles centres around how the secret of its colour can benefit humans. In the future, the paper we write on, the colour of our teeth and even the efficiency of the rapidly emerging new generation of white light sources like LEDs will be significantly improved if technology can take and apply the design ideas we learn from these beetles.
This individual is also host to an entourage of orange immature mites. (Newly hatched larval stages of mites are six-legged. Later nymphal stages, and of course the adults, have eight legs.)
I’m So Dung With You- by me!! That’s my given name! This is for a club project at school so I didn’t use “Esabelle Ryngin”.
I posted a preview earlier this week, but here’s the finished comic with the latter half of the story! No matter how incredible scarabs are, lots of people can’t seem to get past the whole “eating and living in poop” thing…
If you’re in the Delaware area, this comic will be included in a solid booklet sold at UD’s Ag Day on April 25th, with another piece by me and some by my new friend and fellow Entomology club member, Kasandra!
Euphoria fulgida (Emerald Scarab Beetle), pen and ink on paper 2.5"x3.5"
A small illustration I did of an Emerald Scarab Beetle that a neighbor in Los Angeles sent me. I had so much fun with this one that I am now opening commissions for small illustrations. Please contact me for inquiries: [contact]