|Copyright: Rimantas Kisielius (rimas)
|Date Taken: 2013-05-16|
|Camera: Canon EOS 300 D|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-05-23 8:05|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Cetonia aurata, known as the rose chafer, or more rarely as the green rose chafer, is a reasonably large beetle, 20 mm (¾ in) long, that has metallic green coloration (but can be bronze, copper, violet, blue/black or grey) with a distinct V shaped scutellum, the small triangular area between the wing cases just below the thorax, and having several other irregular small white lines and marks. The underside is a coppery colour. Rose chafers are capable of very fast flight; they do it with their wing cases down thus resembling a bumble bee. They feed on flowers, nectar and pollen, in particular roses (from where they get their name); which is where they can be found on warm sunny days, between May and June/July, occasionally to September.|
Rose chafers are found over southern and central Europe and the southern part the UK where they seem to be sometimes very localized. They are a very beneficial saprophagous species (detritivore), their larvae are the insect equivalent of earth worms and help make very good compost where they are often found in great numbers. (Wikipedia)
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- [2013-05-24 11:07]
I like the subject of the shot a lot. Alone small branch with impressive leaves against a splendid BG and cute visitor on the leaf create a nice scene. TFS and best wishes.