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Leaf Beetle - Chrysochus sp.

Leaf Beetle - Chrysochus sp.
Photo Information
Copyright: vipin baliga (vipinbaliga) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 12 N: 44] (460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 500D T1i, Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS, 58mm Kenko UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-02 6:23
Viewed: 3224
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Found these insects engaged in the act.
Surprisingly there were atleast 1 pair on every leaf of this plant.
The whole drama lasted for around 20mins before they all took off. Fully satisfied ;-)
Thank you Ivan for identifying the species... :-)

Common names:
Cobalt Milkweed Beetle, Blue Milkweed Beetle.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Chrysomelidae
Genus: Chrysochus
Species: C. cobaltinus

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS
Lens Aperture: F/8.0
Focal length: 250mm
Exposure Time: 1/80sec
ISO speed: ISO-400
Metering Mode: Partial

Vipin Baliga :-)

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this photo makes me laugh, nice shot....this is a very expressive shot of 2 beetles love for one another :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-02 8:14]

Hello Vipin,
A fine macro of a pair of Leaf-eating beetles (Chrysomelidae) taken from a nice lateral POV with good sharpness and DOF. Though lighting seems to have been a little against you , the iridescent colours show quite well.
Thanks and best regards,

A bit of fill in flash can improve the shadow details in my opinion,Vipin! Good composition, viewing angle and dept of field. Very striking little beetles indeed!
George Veltchev

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