Rose chafer-Cetonia Aurata on white tulip-macro photography

I took these tulip photos on a beautiful sunny weather, the favorite time for rose chafers to show up. They are feeding on the petals of the tulip.
The Rose Chafer, Cetonia Aurata, is a beautiful, shiny, emerald green, and quite large beetle.
White tulip with a rose chafer-macro
They are very beautifully colored insects and look like jewels with their metallic green and coppery back, shining in the sunlight. See that pattern (above) formed by the ragged white marks running width ways across the wing.
Rose chafer on a white-pink tulip
For some reason they only like white and light colored tulips; there was not one rose chafer on tulips of darker colors.
Visit the new macro flower meme at Macro Flowers Saturday for beautiful macro flowers.

19 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful macro images!

leavesnbloom said...

Maia I've never seen a little critter like that before in my scottish garden. He sure has some unusual colouring. Its great to have found your blogs and I look forward to sharing more photos with you in the future. Rosie

bobbie said...

How strange that they like only the white flowers. Maybe they like showing off their coloring.

Dario Ferrari Photos said...

Really a great photo!!

bye
Dario

Cher' Shots said...

Great close-up shots! We love the flowers, why wouldn't they ~ lol.

Unknown said...

Learned something new..
Rosechafers like only light coloured tulips.
Thank you for the great shots!

DeniseinVA said...

Hello Maia, thank you for sharing these delightful photos with Today's Flowers. They are beautiful and that pretty green beetle is a very nice addition. I have never seen this one before. Have a great week.

Arija said...

Very beautiful beetles but I prefer my roses without them.

Anonymous said...

Great macro shots - I am sorry I missed Macro Saturday, I will try to remember for the future.

SquirrelQueen said...

What an interesting fellow, the coloring is quite beautiful. It is interesting that they prefer the lighter colored flowers.

Patricia said...

hola! tienes un espacio precioso, bellísimas fotos!
saludos.

Vicki said...

I love the pollen all over the beetle on the second shot.

Colleen said...

What a beautiful little bug. I especially like the second shot.

Jay said...

Now, he's gorgeous, isn't he? I would gladly sacrifice some tulip petals if he would visit me!

Lovely photos! :)

Victoria said...

Brilliant and beautiful!
Kiki~

Jama said...

That's one lovely beetle, love the color green on it.

Unknown said...

Beautiful macro photos..
have a nice day
Costas

Unknown said...

They are beautiful! I never knew about them before but I wonder if that's what we had around a lot when I was a kid. We had a lot of roses and had many green beetles but I never thought about the two belonging together. Beautiful images!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Nice close ups!

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