AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Beetle Beauty

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A beetle like character that appeared on my verandah, in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula.
This is the most colourful, unusual creepie crawlie I have ever seen.
Is it a Japanese beetle? If anyone knows, please tell me in the comments!
N.B. I posted other photos of this character earlier in December here!
Nature Footstep Macro #16

Luminous colours
Softly glinting in the sun
Beautiful beetle


Cecilia Artista said...

A nice little beetle with wonderful colors!

mimmi said...

It was a beautiful macro picture you've Photographed:)

NatureFootstep said...

nice little beetle. It is amazing how the colors show off.

Happy New Year to you living "downunder". :)

ormbunke said...

Its a wonderful photo. I Wish yuo a Happy New Year. Its very cold and much snow in Sweden now. Anita

Miss Becky said...

No, I don't believe this is a Japanese beetle, but I could be wrong. I love its beautiful metallic colors. nice capture. I really like this.

Anonymous said...

My first impression was Japanese beetle, but after looking at the photos on Bugguide (, I changed my mind.

That might be a good place to get an ID, if you're so motivated. I'm sure they'd love to have a photo that good, whatever the species.

Best wishes for the new year, Gemma. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your photos.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He's a beasuty! I love that you see and share the beauty of bugs and beetles!



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