It’s a small world: a shiny green beetle on a flower

Going after insects with my camera is not something I often do. I think I have 6 photographs in my portfolio that feature insects. Iā€™m just not focused 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 photograph of a shiny green beetle going after the pollen on the small white flowers of a viburnum plant.

Green beetle on a flower

A macro photograph featuring a shiny green beetle on a white flower.

I shot this at f/8 to limit the depth of field and cropped the original to zoom in on the beetle and the flower a bit.

Cheers, Johan šŸ™‚

69 thoughts on “It’s a small world: a shiny green beetle on a flower

  1. Doug Griffin says:

    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.

      • Johan Peijnenburg says:

        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 colour, 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 šŸ™‚ Think it is just a harmless Swiss beetle minding his own business šŸ™‚

        • Neil Camera says:

          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! šŸ™‚

    • Johan Peijnenburg says:

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

  2. Mary C Legg says:

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

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