E.J.Wilkins

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Oedemerid Beetle

This is the male Oedemerid Beetle, - Oedemera nobilis - Also known as the Thick-legged flower beetle. He is sitting on an Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare).

This male beetle has the thick area at the top of the hind legs, which is used in mating.

I managed to take only two pictures before he scurried away and out of sight. On this one I was surprised to see how hairy he is. Even the shiniest parts of his legs are covered in tiny little light brown hairs. I hope you can see them.

(photographed 24 May 2007 Hawthorns, Southampton)

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edit (mid-day ish, today, 31 May) :-
Thank you for all the fantastic comments yesterday and the day before. I truly appreciate each and every one.
I'll try to answer them very soon. This week is school half-term holiday so I'm a bit distracted, especially as we've been housebound because of appalling weather.

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Oedemerid Beetle

This is the male Oedemerid Beetle, - Oedemera nobilis - Also known as the Thick-legged flower beetle. He is sitting on an Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare).

This male beetle has the thick area at the top of the hind legs, which is used in mating.

I managed to take only two pictures before he scurried away and out of sight. On this one I was surprised to see how hairy he is. Even the shiniest parts of his legs are covered in tiny little light brown hairs. I hope you can see them.

(photographed 24 May 2007 Hawthorns, Southampton)

.....
edit (mid-day ish, today, 31 May) :-
Thank you for all the fantastic comments yesterday and the day before. I truly appreciate each and every one.
I'll try to answer them very soon. This week is school half-term holiday so I'm a bit distracted, especially as we've been housebound because of appalling weather.

.....
If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

comments (26)

How do you manage to see all of these little things ? One day one of those little bugs is going to catch up with you and say" Look here lady, the other day you caught my bad side so come back and do it right or I'm gonna call my friends so we can crawl all over you house or something !!" smile Nice one El.

J
EJWilkins: I suppose it's a bit of 'right place, right time'. I've found I need to be somewhere for a little while before I get to 'see' the beasties.
As for the rest ... in my dreams perhaps wink
I can't believe I'm saying this, but that's a gorgeous bug. wink What a color! Nicely captured and composed, Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thank you smile
Solamente falta un poquito de nitidez en el enfoque para que sea super genial, ahora es sólo brillante smile, por lo demás el bicho es impresionante ! smile

Only lack just a little bit of clearness in the approach so that he is super brilliant, now is only shiningsmile, by the others the bug is impressive! smile
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 31 May 2007, 01:07
Oh wow, Ellie. What amazing colouring this little chap has -- and he goes so well with the flower. Is that a daisy? Is he resting on a singlle petal?
EJWilkins: It's an Ox-Eye Daisy, there are quite a lot of them about at the moment, on grass verges and so on. Yes, it's sitting on a single petal smile
  • alex
  • 31 May 2007, 01:11
fantastic close-up. don't believe i've seen many beetles that color around here. our's are all black and boring. smile enjoying your insect exhibit.
EJWilkins: I bet if you look close enough you'll see them in all sorts of colour wink
Great closeup, Ellie! I have to say, I'm not a fan of insects, but your pictures make them more beautiful. smile I like this one very much.
EJWilkins: I'm not really a fan of insects either, especially those that end up indoors. But this little chap is so bright and colourful, and also quite small, it makes him quite appealing
Nice close-up Ellie. This is cerainly the closest shot of an insect I have seen smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Thomas smile
Have a rummage through Eclectic's archive, he's got some fabulous insect pictures. Much better than mine.
Very nice close-up Ellie, lovely green for this insect.
EJWilkins: Thanks Florence smile
Nice . . It doesn't look very friendly .
EJWilkins: I don't think it was any real threat, I have a feeling it's a pollen eater, and is everso small, it's sitting on a single petal wink
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 31 May 2007, 08:14
LOL at Johnny's comment.

Where is it (Japan?) that they collect beetles/cockroaches and pay good money for them? This one is irridescent! And look how he hangs on to the edge of the petal(s)! This really is quite amazing, Ellie. What a super capture.

This reminds me of rock-climbing and how they keep telling you that you really CAN move one of your appendages, since you only need 3 points of contact. But look at this fella! SIX points of contact! grin
EJWilkins: Err, I think they eat insects in all sorts of places, Wasn't it Ray who mentioned eating ants? *shiver*
I could never quite work out the idea of three points of contact on a near vertical surface ... as many as possible always seemed to me to be the best option wink
Nice macro...
EJWilkins: Thanks Frank smile
Nice close-up Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Bridge smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 May 2007, 09:55
The bug seems slightly out of focus (one crop too many?) or I am getting old. Can still see the hairs, though. So maybe I am too finicky.

What the heck has those thick legs to do with mating? Still trying to work it out. smile Would that mean that the thin legged flower beetle can't mate?
EJWilkins: Might be my eyesight or my monitor but it looks sharp enough to me. Carry on being finnicky, I don't mind. It makes me look twice at something.
Absolutely no idea how the thick legs would work, but I'm sure they know all the necessary wink Don't know if there's a thin legged flower beetle either grin Wouldn't surprise me somehow!
Nice and shiny (almost pretty) in the photo, but...I wouldn't want to find him climbing on MY flowers. grin
  • Ray
  • Thailand - home of Constitutional crises
  • 31 May 2007, 13:52
Beautiful beetle, and very nicely presented here, Ellie.
This is a very nice crisp shot of a beetle, but for the the yellow center of the flower in the background makes this shot especially appealing. Good luck surviving the school holiday smile
  • Mike
  • 31 May 2007, 16:47
Great capture, your macro work is excellent smile Good job with the dof here.
I can see those hairs Ellie, good catch smile
EJWilkins: Odd, isn't it, somehow I don't think of shiny insects being hairy!
You really are getting into this close up stuff. Good shot. All the best, Dave
another nice one
Nice one once again !!
Wow, you certainly do have an eye for photo ops Ellie. This is a brilliant image
  • Julischka
  • the black hole where time disappears
  • 4 Jun 2007, 19:58
Wonderful! You lucky girl, this is great to find a beetle like that.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 5 Jun 2007, 02:02
you captured this one from just the right angle ellie. very nice work.
Nice macro
  • Ana
  • Asturias, Espa˝a
  • 1 Nov 2008, 18:34
Great photo. Nice detail. Hermosa fotograf├şa.

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