Known around here as "Christmas Beetles" as they tend to come out around November/December, our summer. Their colourings are just amazing, providing you can get past the fact that they are, after all... bugs.
They have a wonderful multicoloured speckled back, but once they get tired (like this guy was) they insist on rolling onto their backs and become rather uncooperative models. As it turns out, they have shiny bellies too.
2005-07-29 - Submitted to PhotoFriday.com "Attractive" challenge.