In this 9-minute video by photographer Phil Torres of The Jungle Diaries, learn how to photograph bugs and other insects on a white background while out on location.
By using a diffused twin flash, and some white acrylic for the star of the show to crawl around on, the flashes overexpose the background and give a true white backdrop to your shot.
Be careful not to get your beetle too dirty, or the stage, as artifacts will show up in high-resolution macro images. Try using an aperture of f/11 to keep things sharp, but always aim to focus on the eyes.
Here are some examples of what you can capture:
To be honest, though, the entire video is worth watching just for the moment he snatches a bug out the air with cat-like reflexes.