1. rq says

    They change colour, depending on the angle of the sun, from a greenish-yellow sheen, to a deep, burnished copper.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    Very beautiful. Is that a cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) inflorescence?

  3. Crimson Clupeidae says

    June bug? I’m far from an expert, or even a lay person, when it comes to most bugs. I am familiar with many of our unique critters here in the desert, but that’s about it.

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    rq @ 5

    Cow parsley (Fi: koiranputki, dog’s pipe/tube) is so common here so it first came into my mind, snow-in-the-mountain (a fancy name, that) would be vuohenputki (goat’s pipe/tube).

    How big was the beetle? 15-20 mm?

  5. rq says

    Nearly 3, actually. They get quite large. A couple of years ago I got a collection of photos of 4 -- 6 of these beetles on similar flowers (can’t remember now if it was the same or wild carrots or queen anne’s lace), and they’re all that large. And shiny!

  6. rq says

    Also the local name is gārsa and my husband comes from a town supposedly named after the weed (it’s a weed, invincible one too, edible in early spring as a salad green, apparently good for tea to ease the symptoms of gout, hence its alternative names).

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