|Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR)
|Date Taken: 2018-04-11|
|Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD|
|Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds|
|Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2018-04-12 11:38|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Chrysolina americana (Linnaeus, 1758)|
Common name: rosemary beetle
Chrysolina americana 5–8 millimetres (0.20–0.31 in)in lenght has colourful elytra with metallic green and purple longitudinal stripes. The wings are quite short, so these beetles can not fly.
This species feeds on various aromatic Lamiaceae, mainly on rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) (hence the common name), lavender (Lavandula)that in photo and thyme (Thymus).
In the Mediterranean region females lay their eggs in late summer on the leaves of the host plants. The larvae show whitish to blackish bands. Larval development continues during the winter months. The pupal stage lasts about three weeks. The imago is released in the spring.
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Beautiful Rosemary Beetle 🐞. I like it colors and perfect out of focus background. But Beetle looks bit soft, mainly edges. Facial portion too soft. IMHO composition could have been better. If I'm not wrong, don't go much closer and in such way you could get total focus on subject. Then crop or bring closer....
Thanks for sharing,
- [2018-04-13 5:13]
Hi Nikos,in effect the sharpness isn't the best,but it's very very difficult to make better with this small insect that i know very well and in this light without flash,so my best compliments to show us this metallic colorful beauty and have a nice weekend,Luciano
Ciao Nikos, great macro of lovely bug, fantastic metallic colors, fine details and good sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio