Beetles

Challenge #47 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this challenge, let us see photos of beetles, (Order Coleoptera), showing off their beauty and colours. The beetles must be outside in their natural environment, on leaves, flowers, trees, just doing what comes naturally to them, not inside under studio lights. Macro and close-up shots welcome. Refer to http://bugguide.net/node/view/60/bgpage for more information on beetles. (Bugs, order Hemiptera, will have their own challenge later.) No spiders, bees, flies, small cars etc. Size: MAXIMUM 1,600px on LONGER SIDE.
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Submitted: Friday, 24th May, 2013 09:13 (GMT)
Taken: Monday, 20th June, 2011
Focal length: 180 mm
Shutter speed: 1/500 sec
Aperture: F9
ISO: 200
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