This strikingly beautiful, red beetle has a name to match, aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn. The bright red color suggests a distasteful (or poisonous) meal to potential predators. These beetles call coniferous and mixed forests across northern Eurasia and North America home. Larvae feed on decaying wood, while adults enjoy nectar, pollen, and small insects.
Photo by Glenn Marangelo on 5/25/20 in Pattee Canyon near Missoula, MT