This little insect seemed quite fashion-conscious, hanging out on dahlia petals that brought out the best in the little bug’s fancy carapace colors and markings. I originally misidentified this as a beetle, but it is actually a harlequin bug (thanks for the ID, Lee Jones.) (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 35mm macro, f/6.3, 1/125 sec., ISO 400, bright overcast, handheld)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 2 years ago

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devinealmost 2 years ago

    he’s certainly wearing fancy clothes! Obviously has a sense of the dramatic. Nice pic.

  • Thanks very much, Bette! Of course one doesn’t plan for creatures like this, but he was a good find.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Housealmost 2 years ago

    Great capture Celeste!!!! Wonderful colours and detail !!!!!

  • Thank you, Sharon! Hope you are feeling well!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 2 years ago

    He’s beautiful. Great detail and beautiful markings.

  • Thanks very much, Joy! He was a bonus find when I was exploring dahlias. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work
    .

  • Thanks very much, Ann!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoalmost 2 years ago

    Amazing colour and clarity! The beetle looks like a gem. Well done Celeste :)

  • Many thanks for your lovely comment, Felix!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Thanks, Ray!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroalmost 2 years ago

    Outstanding macro image, Celeste!

  • Thanks very much, Glenn!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhotoalmost 2 years ago

    Celeste, Excellent image.
    Bob

  • Bob, thanks very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...almost 2 years ago

    Wow, that is just so lovely…. you know I am no bug fan; however, this little bettle is downright handsome..maybe it’s that special Celeste touch but, certainly nestled against the gorgeous dahlia petals, .. not so scary!

  • Thanks for the great comment, Katherine! Believe it or not, I’m no bug fan either, but I find some of them impossible to resist.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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