Christmas Beetle at Cosy Corner by David Lade

Christmas Beetle at Cosy Corner by 

Christmas beetles (Anoplognathus) belong to the Scarab family and include flower chafers, cock chafers, and fiddle beetles. This one was spending his summer holidays at Cosy Corner, (near St Helens, Tasmania), on a Melaleuca bush. I liked the contrast between the mauve and green.

Velvia scan.

I live in a small place – Tasmania, the smallest state of Australia – but it is a place of great beauty and diversity. I love the beauty found in the natural world and in the people around me. Please view and enjoy my images. I hope you see something that resonates. Email me and tell me what you think – I enjoy hearing from art lovers and customers.

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  • allisefountain
    allisefountainover 6 years ago

    awww it does look like a christmas beetle with the colors and everything.

  • Thanks Allise
    They are very beautiful and have a metallic sheen that seems to change colour. This response is very late – apologies!

    – David Lade

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 6 years ago

    this is so uniqu .. so lovely !

  • He is a handsome fellow Isa!

    – David Lade

  • Steve Chapple
    Steve Chappleover 6 years ago

    You have a real talent to bring out detail yet keep the image soft and almost serene. Exellent work…

  • Thank you Steve. That is high praise. I take a lot of care with setups – making sure the light is even throughout the frame, if necessary by casting a shadow. I think backgrounds are very important in good images, so try to keep unwanted items out.

    – David Lade

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 6 years ago

    What a great shot

  • Thank you for the comment.

    – David Lade

  • IngridSonja
    IngridSonjaover 6 years ago

    Stunning…and very colour coordinated!

  • Thanks Ingrid!

    – David Lade

  • Of Land & Ocean - Samantha Goode
    Of Land & Ocea...over 6 years ago

    Oh this is truly beautiful – the colours go perfectly well together – like the beetle was made for the flower and vice versa. I really like this.

  • Thank you Samantha

    – David Lade

  • handprintz
    handprintzover 6 years ago

    Beautiful colours and lovely detailed capture

  • Thank you Trudi

    – David Lade

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 6 years ago

    Fabulous capture, David!

  • Thank you Béla

    – David Lade

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleeover 6 years ago

    your image is beautiful, and the colours look so lovely together…..the strange thing is, I realized just now, that these beetles are not as common as when I was younger….we used to see them all the time, now I can’t remember how many years it has been since i saw one….. sad to say, maybe photos are all that is left of them……?

  • I think you are right Wendy – I remember seeing a lot more of them as a child. Perhaps as children we sought them out. Thank you for your comment!

    – David Lade

  • i l d i    l a z a r
    i l d i l a...over 6 years ago

    Brilliant capture David!

  • Thank you so much!

    – David Lade

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