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Jewel in flight | by Nikola Rahme
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Jewel in flight

Oak Jewel Beetle Eurythyrea quercus (Buprestidae) male. Length: 16 mm. Dead insect prepared for the occasion of this image.

 

These beetles are at least as beautiful in flight as in "normal" walking position. The dissimilar colours of the abdomen appear only when they open the elytrae. Obviously it is a rare sight, you should be lucky to observe such a beautiful phenomenon. I wanted to reproduce the flying pose showing the amazing abdominal tergums.

 

81 exposures were stacked in Zerene Stacker with PMax method. Lit with two diffused LED lamps. Photographed with the MP-E 65 objective at 2,2x magnification. 0,5 sec., f/5.6 ISO-50.

 

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Taken on January 22, 2012