Category:  Nature Photography | Posted: October 10, 2017

Green Dock Beetle

100% Iridescent

by El-mundo

Macro Photos Contest Entry 
Latin name Gastrophysa viridula - Captured early one morning in the Lake District, UK by chance, these little beetles are tiny (max 4-7mm, this was about 3mm - for scale the white hair on the right of the picture is 1 strand of sheep wool) and I spotted this one clambering on the foliage. I'd already taken some photos of them earlier and they came out great but a lot more grass like green in colour. Depending on how the light reflects these can come out anything from green tones and light and yellow/gold (most common), but can be blue, purple, violet, or red. The have iridescent green legs also. I must have captured this just in the right lighting to get this amazing colour, unlike any I had seen before or in the rest of my pictures of these - such fascinating creatures!!

They are common throughout Britain and central Europe, and breed from March to October. The females lay eggs that hatch to larvae after 3-6 days, which go on to eventually pupate and form multilayers that protects them before they emerge as the beetle itself around 9 days later. The pigment Melanin is present in this formation, which causes the amazing iridescent colouration we see.

Post Type Photography Mixed Media Minor
Shot with Iphone SE & £2 clip on Macro Lens, cropped, sharpened.

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