Not exactly the beetle from Edgar Allen Poe’s The Gold Bug.
The actual "gold-bug" in the story is not a real insect. Instead, Poe combined characteristics of two insects found in the area where the story takes place. The Callichroma splendidum, a species of longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae), has a gold head and slightly gold-tinted body. The black spots noted on the back of the fictional bug can be found on the Alaus oculatus, a click beetle also native to Sullivan's Island.
This golden beetle is a small leaf beetle, of The family Chrysomelidae, a large family of some 37,000 species. Small and rounded like a ladybug, this one is embroidered in metallic gold and brown threads. I’ve used raised stitches to give this beetle some relief. Mounted in a round 30 mm gold tone frame.
For the true beetle lover, ladies and gentlemen alike.
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