Cotton Harlequin Bug by © Karin  Taylor

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Yesterday, I came across this lovely garden, and in it were all kinds of things, such as jewel beetles, carnations and daisies growing, and lots of hibiscus. I terrorised the poor beetles I’m afraid, in order to catch them being still, as there were great gusts of wind that were belting the plants about, but somehow I managed to capture this in one of the rare still moments.

I hope you like it. I hope the beetles don’t hate me…..I put them back on the same leaves….after we’d done our photo shoot. :)

Some processing in Photoshop and Nik Color Efex Pro 4
Canon G11 PowerShot digital camera (macro)

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  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 2 years ago

    wow what a stunning beetle …such a jewel indeed Karin..xx

  • thanks so much Linda, he was a little cutie alright! :)) xx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • leonie7
    leonie7over 2 years ago

    Amazing capture of this beautiful Beetle well done love it lee

  • aw, thank you so much leonie! ;)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Dani D.
    Dani D.over 2 years ago

    wow complimentary colours that, wonderful image!

  • thank you very much Dani! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    what a great beetle – wonderful pic karin !

  • thank you so much Dean! He was really pretty :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Beautiful macro Karen, the colors are gorgeous.

    Cheers Jude xx

  • thank you so much Jude!! ;) xx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 2 years ago

    What a little beauty Karin!

  • aw, thank you Rosemary, I must go back there and visit my new little buggy friends again soon!! :) lol

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 2 years ago

    gorgeous I guess it’s a Harlequin beetle , haven’t seen any for ages,,,

  • ooh is that what they’re called, that sounds about right, me either, these are the first I’ve seen in quite a few years :) Thank you :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • uncleblack
    uncleblackover 2 years ago

    kt, are you sure you didnt glue this to the plant, in the name of art! :)) . it is lovely, i like that the plants look like they are frosty.

  • lol lk, well, I do go to all sorts of weird trouble in the name of art, but that isn’t something I did haha…in fact, at this point, the little beetle had not had my paws on it yet, but later I took it and put it in the grass and chased it around for near on an hour taking shots and not one of them passed muster would you believe…..I was so relieved I got this one that seemed to work! So glad you like the plant, I never know what will work, but the tonal contrast and something else I did (which I can’t recall) with the software, brought out the veins, and also changed the tones of the green on the hibiscus….I really just lucked this…but very happy it worked out after all :) Thank you so much!! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 2 years ago

    There’s my lapel pin!! What a gorgeous bug Karin! Those colors are positively unearthly….love it! Excellent capture! And….what a great eye you have!!

  • lol…yay…I must have borrowed it subliminally…maybe I sleep walked over to your place or something like that Karen…haha…I’m so happy you like it though Karen, it’s a bit different and I spent so long taking photos of this cute little critter, only to end up with about one that I could actually use :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Lisa Knechtel
    Lisa Knechtelover 2 years ago

    beautiful clarity and startling colours

  • thank you so much Lisa, I’m so glad you like it and the colours, which are a bit different to what you’d usually see in a hibiscus, but I thought it was interesting and seemed to work well ….and lets the buggy have the limelight :)

    – © Karin Taylor

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