A Jewel Beetle takes off.
This shiny beetle certainly brought back some memories. The beetles made great pets. In the 1960s and 70s it was quite common for kids to carry one around in a match box - the ponvandu (golden beetle) would lie snuggled on a bedding of fresh leaves. Very portable and a great diversion during school hours. But it could not have been very comfortable for the insect. Their only hope of release was if the owner's parents found out. Nowadays these beetles do not seem to be so common, at least not in the city.