This little, though long deceased beauty is Elaphrus ruscarius, a member of the family Carabidae. Species in this genus resemble cicindelids, though smaller in size and with ornate “pits” on the elytra rather than maculations.
Photo created with a Canon EOS 30D camera, MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x macro lens, and MR-14EX macro ring flash with a homemade diffuser. A series of images was captured and merged in CombineZM and adjusted in Photoshop.
To anyone actually reading this blog (what?!), sorry for the delay between posts lately