Christopher Tozier is the author of Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, the award-winning, middle-grade fantasy series set in the wilds of central Florida and published by Pineapple Press. He was selected as a 2011 State of Florida Artist Fellowship recipient and his poetry has appeared widely.
Here are some pictures of a female Phanaeus vindex, the rainbow scarab. These are very common dung beetles here in Florida. In Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, Olivia disturbs a large group of these beetles and they all take flight, surrounding her with iridescent colors.
Notice the individual grains of pollen on the ground
I had never noticed the fringe of hair on their scapulate nose before