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At first Magna thought the beetle was a delicate summer petal resting upon the green, yet then it opened up and flew into the air, from walking to flying in an instant.

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As if daydream-conjured, a beetle appeared, her wing-shield a sweet-cherry red.

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The beetle was nature's bright confetti, the perfect marriage of beauty and purpose.

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The beetle came as if she were the child of poetry and science: beauty and precision.

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The beetle was the sort of red cherries are in the late summer, so bright and deep all at once. There it was doing all sorts of things nature needed it to do, those quiet things we never think of, but upon which creation depends. They are little miracles, these insects, they are. I watch it come to the tip of its grassy wand and fly into the heady air. Perhaps all we need is love for this sort of beetle, instead of taking them for granted or buying the sort of toxins that kill them. They are the "Monsters Inc" butterflies and I find them so very beautiful.

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And then a still more amazing thing happened. For of a sudden the hard shell slipped from the thorax, the wing-cases dropped off, the whole of the bony parts slipped to the ground with a clang, and a soft, defenseless thing went slithering away among the rocks.

The beetle had moulted!

By dan, January 30, 2013.

Found in The Beetle Horde, authored by Victor Rousseau.

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The beetle that had appeared black in the shadow was now iridescent in the sunlight. It scurried at what must be a break-neck speed for a creature with such small legs, but the children were easily able to catch it under a glass. It charged into the cool barrier before it and pawed at it with feathered feet. They were adept for climbing grass and wood, yet faced with a backwards incline of juice covered glass, they could gain no traction at all.

The beetle looked like it would be crunchy with all that armour plating and one boy suggested they squish it just to hear how loud it would be. Then with no warning it opened it's rear casing and flew upwards. Startled, the children shot backwards and spilled their trap over onto it's side. The beetle was quickly out of range, quite unaware of it's lucky escape.

By charlottamodine9, October 20, 2014.