Green beetle with shiny raindrops. About 1 cm long, perched on a flower in my friend’s garden, where it seemed to be sheltering from the cold and rain. The raindrops magnified the beautiful markings on its back.
It was mid summer but it had been raining and cooled down overnight. The beetle was covered in raindrops and had pulled in its head, legs, etc. to protect itself from the cold. I had plenty time to take quite a few shots.
A while later, as it slowly woke up, stretched and flew off, it let me take more shots from different angles including the eye-to-eye close-up below.
If it had been really warm the beetle would not have hung around so long or let me get up so close from all angles.
Rose Chafer, Green Rose Chafer or Cetonia Aurata
Location: Upper Bavaria, Germany.
Nikon D7000, Lensbaby Composer Pro, f/4 aperture disc, 10 mm macro adapter, Manual focus and settings. Captured in RAW. ISO 400. No post-pro.