Coleoptera (Beetles)-Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)-Cetoniinae (Fruit and Flower Chafers)- Euphoria Species fulgida (Emerald Euphoria)

Fancy June Bug, my first one of this species :)

Other Common Names “E. fuscocyanea” - Blue Emerald Euphoria

Explanation of Names fulgidus - Latin for ‘shining-comes in two color forms with some intermediates. 

Range NM-FL-ME-NE / Ont. (1)
NM-TX-OK-CO - for the less common blue-green form

Habitat Fields with flowers, woodlands(?) Season mostly: May-July (full season: Mar-Nov) (1) Food Adults take nectar and/or pollen. May prefer Plum (Prunus) and Shadbush (Amelanchier) blooms


Limestone Heart Scarab
Ancient Egypt
Ptolemaic, 305-30 BC

Heart scarabs were placed on the throat, chest, or heart of the mummy. Heart scarabs provided the bearer with the assurance that at the final judgment as depicted in the Book of the Dead, the bearer would be found “True of Voice” and accepted into the eternal afterlife by the God Osiris.

This heart scarab shows the face of Bes, dwarf-God believed to guard against evil spirits and misfortune, along with a cartouche with the Sun God Ra holding an Ankh on the top. Five lines of vertical hieroglyphics on the bottom including Anubis, a bird and cartouches. 

Hiker Discovers 3,500-Year-Old Egyptian Seal in Galilee

An Israeli hiker on Tuesday accidentally discovered a 3,500-year-old Egyptian seal in the hills of Lower Galilee in northern Israel.

While on a hiking trip with his children at the Karnei Hittin historic site, Amit Haklai noticed a conspicuous, white object amidst the black basalt rocks. On closer inspection, Haklai noticed that it was carved in the shape of a scarab (beetle) and was covered with several hieroglyphs. He reported the find to the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The seal was later inspected by Dr. Daphna Ben-Tor, curator of Egyptian archeology at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. She identified the artifact as a 3,500-year-old sacred amulet popular in the ancient Egyptian empire, which included Galilee. Read more.