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|Nemognatha chrysomelina (Fabricius 1775)|
Coleoptera: Family Meloidae
Description: Antenna, venter and tarsus are black. The head and pronotum are reddish, with a black spot on the pronotum likes a heart. Elytra are reddish with black bottom and a black spot on the middle.
Biology : The Meloidae that have been referred to as parasitic have relationships with their hosts that are not a true parasitism, where individual larvae consume the body contents of the host and complete development there on. In Meloidae, the host egg is consumed, and feeding thereafter is on the food mass stored in the cell by the parent bee.
Nemognathinae is a subfamily which parasite the cells of various bees of the family Andrenidae. In Nemognatha chrysomelina, the eggs are found in small batches on the blossoms of Echinops spinosus, and hatching coincides in time with the complete opening of these blossoms and gives the maximum opportunity for the young larvae to attach to Anthidium and other bees that frequent the blossoms of this plant.
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Ciao Nikos, great macro of lovely beetle, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2016-07-27 13:16]
Hi Nikos,just a bit disturbed on the left by a blurred grass,but very excellent talking about sharpness and colors,useful post about this specie not often seen on TN.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Exposure and BG look great. I like its color too. But hind leg touched or out of the frame. Composition and POV could be better if you compare this photographs with your other photographs.
Thanks for sharing,