A Beetle (Three Photographs)
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This is a member of the Carabidae family of beetles and probably Playtinus Cincticollis. Finding the name for an insect is part of the fun (sometimes all I can find is the Latin name). These are common and normally nocturnal but attracted to light. I saw it in a shady corner and without artificial light it would have been impossible to shoot. Now these beetles tend to eat other insects, often pests, so they are welcome in many places. Their defense is a noxious spray that can hurt other animals including humans (something I was unaware of when I took these shots). What was noticeable in the time I spent taking the pictures was that this was a deliberate creature with long legs capable of significant speed, but it was moving slowly examining everything including me. It is not one of the more beautiful beetles but it certainly has presence.