Testing the Air

Scarlet Malachite Beetle Malachius aeneus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Scarlet Malachite Beetle, Malachius aeneus (Linnaeus, 1758)

While watering plants in the garden, I spotted two Scarlet Malachite beetles apparently ‘head-butting’ each other on the stem of a plant, so I rushed to get my camera. By the time I returned the pair were gone, however, I found this single specimen on some plants nearby. I panned the camera with the beetle as it moved along a leaf, taking pictures whenever it appeared in focus. Out of five shots taken in 13 seconds–when it stopped momentarily to raise itself up on its hind legs–this was the only one that was successful. It may have been scenting for a mate, but that brief hesitation gave me the time to move the camera into focus and take the picture.

(28 May, 2015. Taken with the Canon T2i with the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X lens set at about 1.5X, image slightly cropped. Lighting with diffused Speedlite 270EX II at 1/4 power. ISO 400, 1/200 sec. @ f14)

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  1. Gary Anweiler 30 May, 2015 at 11:51 AM #

    NICE !!

  2. Annie Pang 31 May, 2015 at 2:00 AM #

    Great pic!

  3. rcannon992 31 May, 2015 at 5:02 AM #

    Great shot and it shows how much there is to learn about the world of insect behaviour!

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