Habitat: Belarus, Germany, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine
Status: Not Evaulated

This rarely seen creature is the Glowing-edged Ground Beetle (Carabus marginalis). It’s kind of low-key gorgeous with its slick black body ringed with glinting green/yellow/red hues. Depending on how the light hits it, the edges really do seem to “glow” bright orange, almost as if they are on fire!

Because this beetle living beneath the leaf litter, it is rarely seen and even rarely photographed. Flickr user Nikola Rahmé was lucky to get such superb shots of this elusive beetle. He thanks Dr. Csaba Kutasi, the director of the Natural History Museum of Bakony, for his beetle-capturing success as he was the one who lead him to the Glowing-edged ground beetle’s habitat where he ultimately found some crawling about.

Is it just me or is this beetle just begging to be mimicked in some sort of awesome makeup (I’m thinking eyeliner/eyeshadow in particular). Any makeup enthusiasts out there want to give it a go?