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Cypress borer

Lamprodila (Palmar) festiva (Coleoptera, Buprestidae) female sitting on whitecedar (Thuja occidentalis) leaf. Body length: 10 mm.

 

The species originally develops in junipers (Juniperus communis) in Hungary, but in Budapest, where it can be introduced to, the main host plants are the whitecedars (Thuja spp.) in the streets and gardens.

 

These beetles are usually active in warm sunny weather but they are absolutely calm in low temperture. Here is a focus stack taken in daytime in cold overcast.

66 natural light shots taken at 2x magnification, combined in Zerene, uncropped.

Canon EOS 5DII + MP-E65 lens, f/4, 0.4 sec., ISO 250.

 

I did more stacks of other specimens, next days going to post them! Also, read more about the finding of the species on the Macro adventures blog:

macroadventures.com/2013/06/01/beautiful-whitecedar-pest/

 

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Taken on May 30, 2013