Beetle ID’d

Beetle photographed by Jeff Zablow at Mt.Meron

We posted this memorable beetle some weeks ago, under the title “And who . . . ?” Spotted this dazzler on a trail near the top of Mt. Hermon in Israel’s Upper Galilee region.

Waited, hoping for help in identifying our starkly beautiful insect. Got tired of waiting, and utilized Oz Rittner’s website to ID this animal.

Trichodes affinis is this species of beetle. I am ½ way through reading a biography of Roger Tory Peterson (Wonderful reading!), and that so reminds me that when I spotted this red and black beetle, it was a tickler, reminding me of the great diversity that continues to grace our world, and of the pleasures awaiting us each and every time that we can get out there and experience them.

Nice beetle, No?

Could not find an english name to this one?