07.12.2021 Macro Monday

This Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle- Labidomera clivicollis, is not very inconspicuous with that bright red (sometimes orange) strong coloration and its distinct black markings on the elytra.  But that red most often in nature cries out “do not eat me or you’ll regret it” so not much to worry about as it goes about business chomping on milkweed leaves. Although the name indicates swamp milkweed as a main food choice, it does visit common milkweed as seen in these shots from my yard.

We don’t have a swamp in the yard…yet…but with all the rain we have received over the last week we just may soon enough.

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.
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38 Responses to 07.12.2021 Macro Monday

  1. picpholio says:

    It’s a beauty Steve !

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  2. All three are good macros of this colorful beetle. The technical term for the “do not eat me or you’ll regret it” color warning you mentioned is aposematism.

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  3. What a stunner! Love the second action shot.

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  4. Mike Powell says:

    Great macro shots, Steve. I love the way that you were able to capture the details of the antennae and the texture of the “shell.”

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    • Thanks, Mike! The 100 is a good lens. I’ve considered upgrading to the new IS model but this has stood the test of time. The shell is the elytra or wing cover. I was hoping it would fly to expose the wings but it just crawled.


      • Mike Powell says:

        Thanks for the info, Steve. I have the Canon 100mm macro and the Canon 60mm macro. I have not yet been seized with a desire to get the IS version, which seems really pricey at the moment. I thought the shell was the elytra, but was not absolutely certain, so I hedged my bets a bit in the wording of my comment. 🙂

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  5. Littlesundog says:

    Nice images, Steve! I wonder if I wear red when I work outdoors if it would keep those danged mosquitoes at bay? 😀

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    Aposematism is also a new word for me. Outstanding macros, Steve!

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Awesome captures, Steve. Have you seen Monarchs yet? We had our first visit on Saturday and she was laying eggs!

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    They are colorful. The patterns on their backs remind me of those ink blot tests. Really nice set of images. I especially like that last one.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    Is this larger than a ladybug? At first I thought I’d never seen one. Then, I wondered if I might have seen one but confused it with a ladybug species. It’s a beautiful creature, that’s for sure.

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    • Yes, it is a bit larger in width, length, and bulk. My first sighting fooled me into thinking I had found a different lady bug also. The design is so strong and striking. An absolute beauty of a beetle.


  10. bluebrightly says:

    Fantastic photos, Steve! I like the action. Can you send a little rain this way?

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    • Thanks, Lynn. Stopping the movement was a little tricky as these move quite a bit and quickly and the 40D is a little slow with autofocus. I try manual focus but I move and shake too much handholding for that to work. I wish I could. We just had more rain but the next several days should be dry with only a chance of a spot thunder shower here or there.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        The Oly EM-1 III may have a small sensor but the autofocus is excellent – I usually autofocus, then fine-tune where necessary. And the IS! It’s fantastic, especially for someone who can’t carry much and doesn’t have the patience for tripods anyway. There are always tradeoffs, right?

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      • I use the autofocus mostly with the 40D but it is slow. But with the flash and an exposure of 1/250 the movement of my shaky hands is minimized. I have been tempted to upgrade the 100 macro to the newer IS model but have not done so yet.

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  11. Ann Mackay says:

    Marvelous photographs! It looks like a ladybird (or bug) that has had a dodgy paint job!

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  12. Beautiful series of images Steve!

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  13. Wonderful detail Steve!!!

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