Mangled or Beautiful?

Sorting through specimens sent to me by Tom Murray as photo-vouchers, one of the beetles included was very unusual.

An individual of Disonycha caroliniana, pictured below, had a pretty cool deformity.  The right elytron has an indentation apically while the left elytron is grossly inflated, almost like a bubble.  In addition, some of the pigment of the red vittae bleeds into adjacent areas.  I suppose it was caused by an accident during pupation.  It’s quite unique looking, certainly like nothing I’ve seen before.


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