Lema Leaf Beetle

Lema Leaf Beetle

I saw this leaf beetle in my backyard feeding on the leaves of the Cheilocostus speciosus (Crepe Ginger). It has 4 tiny dark spots on their hard wing cases (elytra), two on each elytron. This corresponds to the description by Martin Jacoby back in 1908 The Fauna of British India V1: Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, this beetle … Read moreLema Leaf Beetle

Macro Mode on Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM

Macro Mode on Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is the only general-purpose zoom lens in the Canon line-up with a dedicated macro mode. It’s also the only zoom with hybrid IS which is specifically designed to minimize blur due to camera movement when shooting at high magnification. It is a much-neglected lens. For this shoot of 4 … Read moreMacro Mode on Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM

Leaf-rolling Weevil

Leaf-rolling Weevil

I found this long necked juvenile beetle on a leaf in my garden. That day I was using Canon EOS 70D with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM on a 25mm Kenko extension tube. The illumination was by Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash. This is full frame capture at near 1:1 resolution on … Read moreLeaf-rolling Weevil

Green Tortoise Beetle – Cassida circumdata

Green Tortoise Beetle - Cassida circumdata

I found this Green Tortoise Beetle (Cassida circumdata) in my garden last Sunday. I was using Canon EOS 5DS R with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM illuminated by Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash. My homemade plastic diffuser was used to diffuse the light. Despite my best effort you can see some specular … Read moreGreen Tortoise Beetle – Cassida circumdata

Gruesome Beetle Sex

Oides species of Flea beetle mating

Fierce competition for fertilisation rights is fairly common among insects and has led to the evolution of some truly gruesome sexual strategies. This “sexually antagonistic co-evolution” is found in many species of insects. What you see here is, mating act of Oides species of Flea beetles. Flea beetle is a general name applied to these … Read moreGruesome Beetle Sex

Red Palm Weevil

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Actually a very beautiful animal, this red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus), is widely found in southern Asia and Melanesia, where it feeds on a broad range of palms including coconut, sago, date, and oil palms. It is a serious pest of palms, particularly coconut. For example in Tamil Nadu, India, yield losses of 10-25% have … Read moreRed Palm Weevil

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