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Kevlar armour

What the heck!

This beetle, found in a potato patch, is about as big as a Ladybird and has spots too, but also seems to have visited the Army Surplus store and picked up a set of transparent kevlar body armour.

Kevlar armour

What the heck!

This beetle, found in a potato patch, is about as big as a Ladybird and has spots too, but also seems to have visited the Army Surplus store and picked up a set of transparent kevlar body armour.

comments (24)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 26 Jan 2010, 00:45
Very colourful Ray
Ray: It is an attractive little critter, Vintage, if a bit on the bizarre side.
Damn. I've never seen anything like this. How in teh world this thingy flies, Ray? Or does it glide? smile
Ray: The shell clicks open to reveal the wings, and off it goes, Vz, just like a Ladybird.

Those extension look like they would improve its gliding co-efficiency, though.
Beautiful. Have never seen anything like this. Wonder what kind of beetle it is? very cool.
Ray: I hereby name it "Potato Patch Beetle" which will have to do until its real name is known. [grin]

Thanks, John.
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 26 Jan 2010, 03:59
Looks like a tiny spaceman.
Ray: It does look a bit like that, Suzanne.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 26 Jan 2010, 05:52
truly amazing capture ray, so clear and colourful
Ray: Thanks, Zed.

I recall shaking a bit with excitement while trying to make this shot...first time I ever laid eyes on this little beauty.
The alien bug has landed! And thanks to Ray we can see it. Looks like a dalmatian bug!!!
Ray: I like that description, Delia. [grin]
Ray: Could be that, Bill.

Could be the goalkeeper of the local ice-hockey Bugs team, too.
It could be featured in Star Wars!
Superb capture Ray.
Ray: Perhaps it escaped from George Lucas' laboritories, Richard.
  • graham pickett
  • 26 Jan 2010, 08:36
Looks like the Colorado Beetles quarter back getting ready for the Super Bowl! Great capture Ray.
Ray: Thanks, Graham.

Could be a miniature Bug quarterback.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Jan 2010, 09:04
Aint nature a wonderful thing Ray. I expect in a few years scientists will replicate this and soldiers will have similar apparel
Ray: Aahhh! The Beetles of War.
Great shot, Ray - wonderful colours and composition.
Ray: Thanks, Tom.

I was delighted to come upon this new [to me] little critter.
This has got to be one of the most unusual creatures I have ever seen Ray, what a great little fellow.
Ray: It certainly excited me, Brian.
You live in a very colourful part of the world Ray.
Ray: Yes.

Actually, I think the world is a colourful place for anyone who wander about with eyes open, Chad.
  • Pierro
  • France
  • 26 Jan 2010, 16:24
I'm now very jealous. Great picture!
Ray: All you need is a weed patch to crawl about in, Pierro, and you could be posting exotic stuff like this. [grin]
goodness 'see-through' baby blue .... richard
Ray: It is one of the more unusual bugs I have seen, Tim.
This is a superb shot!!! Stunning details and colours!!!
Ray: It is a very handsome little critter, which helps the image a lot. [grin]
I did a little research and I believe this is a Crawling Water Beetle (Haliplidae).

I must say your is the best picture of one have seen. Also looks to be puffing itself up. Possibly to dry or maybe it feels threatened and it a defense posture.
Ray: Hi John.

You could be correct. I am not sure though, as this little critter is a long way from any water source and is a very capable flyer.
Excellent armour, great capture too.
Ray: Thanks, Nigel.

It is an amazing little bug.
This is amazing Ray..The detail we dont normaly see.
Ray: Thanks, Ron.

I was able to sneak up real close to this critter, and grabbed a couple shots before she clicked open her wing shells and flew off.
What an odd looking creature. Your capture of it is superb. It deserves a likey. A bonus is I can look at it again easily any time.
Ray: You are very generous, Mary.

It is an attractive little beetle.
king of the macro's me thinks Raysmile
Ray: Too kind, Tim, but thanks.
An absolutely incredible image, Ray! I don't know where you keep finding these guys. This totally looks like an alien creature, or perhaps something out of the world of Avatar. Beautifully done!
Ray: I spend a lot of time crawling about weed patches and gardens, Charles, and I seem to have become quite sensitised to the presence of these little critters.
Alien is right; can you imagine if it were the size of a horse and you met it face to face? Great detail in this one, Ray.
Ray: As big as a horse...whao...some imagination here, Beverly.
this is excellent.....
Ray: I am delighted at the response I am getting to this one, Rob.

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