A purple and gold Longhorned beetle (Kirby, 1837)Edit

Arthropods (Arthropoda)---Insects (Insecta)----Beetles (Coleoptera)----Polyphaga----Chrysomeloidea----Longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae)---Cerambycinae---Callidiini---Meriellum---M. proteus

Meriellum proteus

29th May, 2008.

Meriellum proteus2

29th May, 2008.

This is quite simply the most amazing and beautiful longhorn beetle I have ever seen in my entire life (as of 2009 at least...). I can't take all the credit for finding it, since it was some younger children (about Grade/Year 3) that discovered this crawling on some stones near a tree stump. When the light is positioned right the darker areas reflect iridescent purple and the paler areas appear gold which makes this quite a find on your average insect-hunting day. I have never seen any longhorns more colourful than black or brown with maybe a few other markings before. I originally thought this might be a Flower Longhorn because of its bright colours, but you must remember never to identify a subfamily by colour (exceptions include butterflies like Pierinae, which consists of white butterflies, and Coliadinae ,which is all yellow and orange butterflies,). Back in the time (only lasted a few months) when I used to "collect" insects which meant taking insects and letting them die in a jar, then sticking them in a box (which is not a good way of preserving them...). So I have this specimen in a box today, yet I am not sure what to do with it.
Meriellum proteus3

29th May, 2008. Size compared to a regular stonefly.