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I didn’t even realise that this tiny bug (.5mm) was sitting inside of the flower cup when I took this close-up photo.

After looking at the image on my computer – there it was! The bug, a native cockroach (Ellipsidion sp.) has amazing stripes on its rear end.

The plant is Chamelaucium uncinatum, also known as the Geraldton Wax, endemic to Western Australia.Belonging to the myrtle family (Myrtaceae), it flowers in spring and has pink-purple flowers.

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 4 years ago

    Great photo Mike. I like the flower, but it’s the bug that fascinates me. I love the patterns on it’s back. Reminds me of a cricket ball.

  • Thanks for the fave Michael. Yes, those stripes are amazing detail on this small bug.

    – Michael John

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 4 years ago

    A lovely macro Mike The bug is a nice bonus :))

  • Thank you for the great comment Julie.

    – Michael John

  • Claire Walsh
    Claire Walshover 4 years ago

    Wow. Cool shot Michael:)

  • Thanks Claire.

    – Michael John

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 4 years ago

    Fav, love it Michael..

  • A fortunate find. Thanks for the fave Warren.

    – Michael John

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Michael John

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Virginia – you have made my day!

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the well deserved feature Mike. I love the bug.

  • Thanks Michael.

    – Michael John

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

    Excellent macro!

  • Thank you for the fave. Much appreciated.

    – Michael John

  • Dennis Stewart
  • Thank you.

    – Michael John

  • Morag Bates
  • Thanks Morag.

    – Michael John

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