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.
I love ruteline beetles and this is one of Florida's native rutelines. They are easy to mistake for a june bug if you aren't looking closely. Rutelines play a cool role in the sequel to Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus. This one was attracted to a black light after a rain storm, along with about 100 others. It must be good luck of some kind to be surrounded by 100 rutelines.
The ivory edge to the thorax and the green sheen are the keys to identifying Anomala marginata