07.05.2020-2 Swamp Thing

Beetle, actually. Strangalepta Flower Longhorn Beetle-Strangalepta abbreviata on White Meadowsweet-Spiraea alba.

I visited the swampy meadow again this morning after being clouded out for the full moonset. I was hoping to see something new, which this is, along with whatever else might appear.  The larvae live in rotting conifers and the adults enjoy various flowers, not at all specific.

Canon 5D Mark IV with the Canon 180 macro +CP, f/8 @1/15 sec, ISO 800 on tripod…there was a slight breeze and the morning was just a bit dim.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
This entry was posted in Amherst, Closeup Photography, Insects, Nature Photography, Western Massachusetts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

20 Responses to 07.05.2020-2 Swamp Thing

  1. Jane Lurie says:

    Great combination of elements here, Steve. Delicate and sturdy.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Meadowsweet and beetle-bold, a good combination.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Fabulous detail – was this taken with your new camera?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. krikitarts says:

    The meadowsweet flowers are very reminiscent of cherry blossoms, and the beetle is gorgeous.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Minna says:

    Love your photo: colors and balance of different elements.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Such amazing subtle colors on almost every beetle. This was no exception.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I enjoy your insect photographs immensely, and even more when the insect is on a flower. You really know how to do these.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Beautiful shot, Steve. I really like those longitudinal stripes of his.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. shoreacres says:

    I can hear this tune wafting through the air:

    “Swamp thing, you make my heart sing;
    you make everything groovy…”

    This is one groovy beetle, that’s for sure. I like the texture of its wing covers particularly. They look like tooled leather.

    Liked by 1 person

    • And that’s a groovy comment. Ah, the Troggs. Haven’t thought of that song in a while.
      A lot of beetles have that texture and when I focus I look for that as well as getting the head sharp.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s