Prasinusfolium brattea (Verdant leaf beetle) is a small climbing beetle with glimmering green elytra and wings. They can be found deep in forests and treed parks, singing in high branches and nibbling on tree nuts. They are mainly green, with rich twinkling wing cases, green legs and antennae and deep green and gold wings. This species is 7.5cm long (3") x 5cm wide (2") x 5cm tall (2"). They are rather poor swimmers and typically crawl about on branches and dig their burrows in the heart wood of the oldest of trees. They can fly, but this is infrequently seen, their glorious wings are mainly for courting purposes.
This beetle is completely stitched by hand. Its body is woollen felt, stuffed with pure wool. Its wing covers (elytra!) are richly embroidered with cotton and silk threads and tiny beads. Under the elytra are green wings embroidered with sequins and gold thread. The antenna and legs are wire, hand wound with cotton threads. Many careful hours of stitching went into creating this beetle.
The beetles are designed as delightful shelf ornaments. They contain wires and delicate fabrics that make them completely unsuitable as toys.
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