31st Aug 2022 @ 1:36 pm

One of the first signs of life has been discovered in the crater of the La Palma volcano which erupted last September.

Seismologist Itahiza Domínguez of the Spanish Geographical Institute posted a photo of a yellow-spotted beetle she had found in the crater whose markings “matched the sulphur-flecked volcanic soil”.

The beetle was identified as Buprestis berthelotii, or the Painted Pine Scarab, a native Canarian species that lives on dead pine trees. It’s presence in the volcano may be related to the amount of pine trees that were killed by the eruption.

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