It’s a small world …

A shiny green beetle on a flower

It’s a small world …
July 7, 2011 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
Close-up of a shiny green beetle on a white flower (Johan Peijnenburg)
105mm – f/8 – 1/2000 – ISO400

Going after insects with my camera is not something I do often. I think I have 6 images in my portfolio that feature insects. I’m just not focussed on them and if I see an interesting one it usually refuses to sit still long enough. It can actually be fun to zoom in on the mini world they live in however. Here is a macro shot of a shiny green beetle going after the pollen in the small white flowers of a viburnum plant. I shot this at f/8 to limit depth of field and cropped the original to zoom in on the beetle and the flower a bit.

Comments (69)

  1. Stephane Lacasa 9 years ago

    I like it good job Johan , what macro lens did u use ?

  2. Author

    Thanks all! @Stephane: 105 micro-nikkor …

  3. Richard McGibbon 9 years ago

    Great shot Johan. Focus is bang on.

  4. Author

    Thanks Richard!

  5. Dick Berry 9 years ago

    Very nice macro image Johan!

  6. Author

    Thanks Dick!

  7. Carolyn Guild 9 years ago

    This is beautiful!

  8. Author

    Thank you Carolyn. It’s appreciated!

  9. Terrific macro!!!!

  10. Brilliant details Johan

  11. Author

    Thanks Leila and Terry !!

  12. Sniffing white powder gives, indeed, green, fluorescent and shiny head! :))
    Great shot!

  13. Excellent macro shot!

  14. Author

    Thanks Jean-Marc and Patricia !

  15. Sam Albuquerque 8 years ago

    Amazing Macro.

  16. Behrouz Ataei 8 years ago


  17. The detail is amazing!

  18. Darrell Hudson 8 years ago

    Love the closeup shot amazing.

  19. Mary C Legg 8 years ago

    that is a rose chafer and really deadly to horticulture and has entered US as pest where it destroys citrus crops.

    • Author

      Hi mary. Sorry bout that. It looked pretty harmless here in Europe, before I sent it over 🙂

      • Mary C Legg 8 years ago

        no, this isn’t any harmless beetle/ chafer… you can look it up and find out what kind of horrific damage it does everywhere.

  20. Nice!

  21. Totally incredible! You are quite talented!

    • Author

      Jill thanks for that comment. It’s all still a work in progress, so it’s always nice to get some confirmation 🙂

  22. Myrna Weinreich 8 years ago

    Love it!

  23. Charles Valerio 8 years ago

    Look at that bugger!

  24. Myrna Weinreich 8 years ago

    perfect flower, perfect beetle, perfect photography

  25. Jessamy Goddard 8 years ago

    Great shot!!

  26. John Perez 8 years ago

    That is so GREEN that it’s beautiful!

  27. Adam Kumiszcza 8 years ago

    Beautiful photo.

  28. maru clavier 8 years ago

    Hard shell and soft flowers… great shot indeed!

  29. john williams 8 years ago

    lovely, very well composed:)

  30. Author

    Thanks all for the comments!

  31. Yasmin Simpson 8 years ago


  32. Todd Seroka 8 years ago

    Incredible detail! Great shot.

  33. Luke Parr 8 years ago

    Very cool shot, excellent detail!

  34. Doug Griffin 8 years ago

    An awesome picture. But if that’s a Japanese beetle and I find it on my hibiscus, he will soon be with his ancestors, just as the ones I have found before.

    • Neil Camera 8 years ago

      Amazing shot +Johan Peijnenburg !!! I have a similar bug/beetle that I captured before. It’s called Japanese Beetle. You can see it here –
      Thanks for sharing your pic, it’s awesome!

      • Author

        I don’t think it is a Japanese beetle … it looks a lot different from what I see on wiki and other image on the internet. The back of this one has the same green copper color, the head and eyes (which are stuck in the flower in this image) are different and especially the legs/arms look different. I have a second image of the beetle where I can see those details better 🙂 Think it is just a harmless Swiss beetle minding his own business 🙂

        • Neil Camera 8 years ago

          You are correct. I see his head is more rounded as compared with JB’s a little flat head.
          You made a great capture. Excellent shot! 🙂

  35. Rolf Hicker 8 years ago

    wonderful, what lens did you use on this one?

  36. Herbert Kosin 8 years ago

    Ein Makro der Extraklasse!

  37. John Dunne 8 years ago

    The metallic green of the head is incredible. Great Macro Johan.

  38. Nithin Prabhakar 8 years ago

    superb macro.. composition and timing

  39. Author

    Thanks all!

  40. camelia bogorin 8 years ago

    very nice taken macro

  41. Mykal Hall 8 years ago

    Great details. Johan, did you use a flash or is it just front lit from the sun?

  42. arjun v 8 years ago

    woah. beautiful flowers.
    and the focus is so perfect, that i can see you on the beetles’ shell…

  43. Aad Vogel 8 years ago

    Ik vind dat bed van bloemen onderhem ook erg mooi

  44. jay m 8 years ago

    Its a Small world but oppertunities r infinite…

  45. Beautifully captured! Great angle and composition, wonderful use of shallow DoF.

  46. Robin Clarke 8 years ago

    I am becoming such a fan of your work. Love the subject and all the tones in this ~

    • Author

      Thanks Robin. That’s nice to hear! Still a work in progress though 🙂

  47. It’s an entirely different world there! Beautiful, and thank you for sharing your view to it, Johan.

  48. Martin Stavne 8 years ago

    I love the warm colors, and a nice macro shot 🙂

  49. Thomas Tj 8 years ago

    amusingly buggy!

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