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Beetles are my personal favorites among the insects. The order Coleoptera contains an amazing number of creatures, many of which are a great deal more colorful than the specimen above.
I was unable to identify this one so I asked for help at bugguide.net and was told this was definitely of the long horned beetle family but that they would prefer a top down view– a dorsal view- to be more specific as to a name within that large family of beetles.
One of the technical challenges of beetles is that sharp photographs highlight the spectacular (bright) highlights on the body of the beetle. These anomalies are a small price to pay to see such incredible creatures close-up. Of course some, and the emerald ash borer come to mind, are pests that need to be dealt with, others are a useful part of the food chain.
Many of the reference photographs of beetles are of dead, frozen or glued specimens. This of course makes the photography easier to some degree. I prefer to do my photography in the wild even if its more challenging and there are no guarantees that I will find anything or if I do that the results will be pleasing.