What is this gorgeous creature? The only place I could think of to start was Google Images, and the closest I came was one called the “Emerald Ash Borer”, but know this is not it. They’re amazingly fun to watch (I’m entertained quite easily); instead of flying away at the sight of movement or something big, or something black (camera and lens looks like a crow?), they’re quite adept at playing hide ‘n seek by scurrying around to the opposite side or under the leaf (similar to crabs running sideways in the sand). When I move my hand close to them, they just skittle to from the top of leaf to underneath and back again; or circle around the trunk of this house plant. In fact, I can’t get them to fly away! So, I hope it truly isn’t a borer; while I like watching them, I like my plant too.
All of these photos were taken with my Canon 30D and a 100mm Macro lens. Anywhere from 3 to 7 shots were used for each scene and then “stacked” in order to keep the little bugger in focus from all angles.