|Cotalpa consobrina is a a member of the
Beetle Family, a large family of more than 30,000 species that has some
of the most colorful beetles in the insect world. Cotalpa consobrina is
closely related to the goldsmith beetle. They grow to 1.5 inches in
length and are a spectacular golden yellow with iridescent blue/green
The Shining Leaf Beetle at right
was photographed in Grand Staircase Escalante.
Female beetles deposit eggs in rotten wood which hatch
after a few weeks. The larvae eat the decomposing wood. As adults, the
beetles feed upon foliage of trees such as cottonwood.