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This interesting beetle was captured nibbling on a yellow drumstick. The insect is a native cockroach (Ellipsidion sp.).

The yellow spring-flowering Broad-leaved Drumstick (Isopogon anemonifolius) is a shrub that is endemic to eastern New South Wales, Australia.

Captured in the Royal National Park, Sydney, NSW. Australia.

Canon 400D.

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Canon 400D.

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  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 4 years ago

    Great title & a great photo Mike. This is one of my favourite Aussie flowers. It’s good to see my favourite beetle making an encore appearance as well. Well done.

  • Yes, it is an interesting flower, and beetle to match. Thanks for the fave Michael.

    – Michael John

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustageover 4 years ago

    Excellent macro Michael :)

  • Thanks for your comment Judi.

    – Michael John

  • Penny Smith
    Penny Smithover 4 years ago

    Great shot Michael, so detailed and sharp ! Not sure I like that beetle though, he looks too much like a cockroach for my liking.. yukky ! They are the only thing that freaks me out in the world.. brrr ! But he is photographed beautifully :) I have never seen a yellow coneflower, the ones in W.A are mostly pink, so it’s an interesting shot for me, thanks ! I will have to get out into the NSW bush and get cracking with flower shots :)

  • Thanks for your great comment Penny. These plants only occur on the east coast, so you wouldn’t have seen it over there. Sorry about the beetle!

    – Michael John

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 4 years ago

    Lovely work mate ;)

  • Thanks for commenting Julie.

    – Michael John

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Michael John

  • Mark Richards
    Mark Richardsover 4 years ago

    a fantastic photo Michael, the detail is amazing and the bug adds a nice touch!

  • Thanks for the great comment Mark. Yes – I was fortunate that the bug was sitting there for me!

    – Michael John

  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...over 4 years ago

    ha ha !!!! great image and title

  • Thanks Louise!

    – Michael John

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkover 4 years ago

    Nicely taken Michael.

  • Thank you John.

    – Michael John

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture

  • Thank you Kala.

    – Michael John

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

  • Thanks heaps for the feature Kala.

    – Michael John

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