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Photography Fun with a Gorgeous Beetle

One day a beautifully colored beetle was spotted on our patio as the sunlight glinted off of its iridescent carapace. The insect was no longer alive but its exoskeleton was a thing of great beauty.

Nature is amazing in how she provides us with visual feasts in the tiniest of compositions as well as the grandest of landscapes. For people interested in photography there is an endless array of items to capture and present in various forms.

In this case after taking pictures of the vibrant colors of this lovely creature, I decided to play around with some photo editing techniques and what you see here is the result. This is actually part of the underside of the beetle.

Did you know that there are literally millions of beetles of various types and that they have existed for hundreds of millions of years? Some beetles are considered to be agricultural pests while others serve good purposes by way of how they live. They live in all areas of the world.

You can learn much more about beetles by clicking on this comprehensive link:

Budding entomologists will certainly be interested in this subject!

Photo credit: Peggy Woods

Image Credit » Peggy Woods

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Fleur wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:35 PM

It certainly is a fascinating world out there, you'll have to get a microscope next and discover a whole new world!

Feisty56 wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:55 PM

I can only begin to imagine what could be found in a one square foot section of lawn. I bet it would keep a person fascinated for hours.

Oceanblue wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:58 PM

You have definitely created a wonderful image. There are so many little creatures all around us, enjoy!

VinceSummers wrote on January 12, 2015, 3:00 PM

There is, indeed, an amazing variety of beetles and other animal life. I don't agree with the length of time of their existence (and to be honest, scientists do not truly know - but they are willing to fake time (hey, I am a scientist)).

maxeen wrote on January 12, 2015, 3:51 PM

How I hate the way some councils have their workers go around places with poison sprays to deter and kill all the incect life ,what are they doing? Nice to see you like them enough to photograph them.

angelaterese13 wrote on January 12, 2015, 4:04 PM

Even as a child, I have always been fascinated with creatures - my parents fostered that curiosity and I've tried to teach my children what I know. Nice photo!

rjsezack wrote on January 12, 2015, 5:00 PM

They are something, and some are beautiful.

zabelle51 wrote on January 12, 2015, 9:26 PM

Great picture Peggy. I have to admit I never never seen one that looked better. We get Japanese beetles around here but bit much else that I have seen. :)

agvulpes wrote on January 13, 2015, 7:35 AM

It is a very interesting beetle. I believe that the Dung beetle was introduced into Australia to aid in Agriculture!
I love the frame that you put around your image keep up the good work!

trufflehunter wrote on January 13, 2015, 8:44 AM

You really have loads of patience to explore a beetle's world.

seren3 wrote on January 13, 2015, 7:17 PM

I know that the ancient Egyptians used to grind them up for makeup because of the beautiful colors.

rosepetal wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:50 PM

If you wouldn't have told me it was a beetle I wouldn't have known. The colors are rather pretty.