non-denominational christmas card
This year I was inspired by the lovely iridescent Christmas beetle (Anoplognathus pallidicollis) for my seasonal greeting card theme. Their appearance on the gum trees in our backyard where I grew up in Sydney were a sure sign Summer had arrived.
For me their shimmery green carapace conjures endless school holidays, cicada soundtrack and excited anticipation of a visit from Santa.
Sadly I haven't seen one in the garden in years, their decline apparently in proportion to population growth and associated urban sprawl… but venture into the national parks and I’m told we can still find them today…