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Found in my garden recently, devouring the rosemarySmile

Chrysolina Americana, more commonly known as the rosemary beetle, is an attractive, 8mm long, metallic green beetle with purple stripes. The larvae are grey with darker stripes and up to 8mm in length. It can be found feeding on the leaves of rosemary, lavender and related plants. Rosemary beetle adults remain relatively inactive on their host plants during July and August. In late August and September the beetles resume feeding, mate and lay eggs, which they continue to do on warm winter days until spring. The eggs hatch within two weeks and the larvae feed for as little as three weeks before entering the soil to pupate. The pupal stage lasts for a further two to three weeks before adults emerge.

The rosemary beetle was first found living out of doors in the UK at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey in 1994 but this population soon died out and it was not seen again at Wisley until 2003. By 1998 established colonies of the beetle had been discovered near Londonís Waterloo Station and Winnersh, near Reading, Berkshire.
In 1999 the first enquiry concerning rosemary beetle was received by the RHS Membersí Advisory Service from a garden in Weybridge, Surrey. By the end of 2005 the beetle had become widespread throughout London and surrounding areas, and had become one of the top 10 most frequent pest enquiries made to the RHS Membersí Advisory Service. The rosemary beetle is now widespread in England and has been found in parts of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:chrysolina americana
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:30 Oct 2012 - 5:27 AM
Tags:Beetle, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Humour / fun, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:64
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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
30 Oct 2012 - 5:29 AM

This looks like a walking rainbow, great

Peter

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 6:11 AM

A great set of images...
You even got a naughty one in there.....
Ahhhhhhhh may be you shoud have put adult content fot bugs....
He he he he...
Great work I do ;ike the colours...
Very nice DOF....

Dave

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LynneJoyce
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30 Oct 2012 - 6:31 AM

What a gloriously jewel-like beauty this one is, a delight to photograph but I do hope it stays off my Rosemary bushes in Spain.

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macromal
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30 Oct 2012 - 6:33 AM

I have tried taking shot`s of this Beetle Carol but they never came out as good as this one of yours, a wonderful capture.....Mal.

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 346 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 6:44 AM

Stunning detail Carol, great colours and a very interesting narrative. I have never seen one of these wonderfully colourful creatures! well done Carole.

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Glostopcat
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30 Oct 2012 - 6:47 AM

The colours and details are fantastic in this set Carol, it is such a beautifully coloured and marked little beetle. Shame it is so destructive.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
30 Oct 2012 - 6:58 AM

Excellent set Carol !! You're a star ! Thanx for the info - are you a teacher by any means ? Smile

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KarenFB
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30 Oct 2012 - 7:16 AM

You've caught its glorious colours brilliantly!

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SUE118
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30 Oct 2012 - 7:23 AM

What a pretty beetle it's colours are amazing.

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 7:44 AM

I never cease to be amazed with the variety of critters you present us with. More impressive macro images here.

Albert

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sparrowhawk
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30 Oct 2012 - 7:52 AM

wonderful ! jason and his terchnicolour dream coat of the beetle world! superb shot one thing though carol send it over to me i want oe !!! Pretty please ........

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barbarahirst
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30 Oct 2012 - 8:01 AM

stunning colours

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Badgerfred
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30 Oct 2012 - 8:13 AM

Excellent captures Carol, great detail, well done,
Fred.

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prabhusinha
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30 Oct 2012 - 8:18 AM

A superb presentation & write up as a bonus.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 8:33 AM

Three fantastic and great macro shot,Carol,very well done,
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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 8:34 AM

love the colours carol brilliant detail v1 for me today love the comp a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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30 Oct 2012 - 8:44 AM

V1 the best but V3 is fun - do they never stop??
Wonderful metallic tones.
Moira

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 9:05 AM

Wonderful colours and detail!

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 432 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 9:14 AM

Quite metallic colours and textures, superb detail Carol
Carole

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achieverswales
30 Oct 2012 - 9:15 AM

Stunning colours and once again stunning photography Carol, you could wear it as a brooch.

Regards

Trev.

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RajaSidambaram
30 Oct 2012 - 9:28 AM

To-day's Beetle upload reminded me of my childhood, Carol.I used to rear some colorful, large, attractive beetles until they lay eggs under captivity. Used to feed them with Acacia leaves. Heartbroken occasionally when it flies off. All three are attractive images.

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
30 Oct 2012 - 9:57 AM

Well done Carol, quite an amazing beetle/beetles, nice iridescent colours, the thing that strikes me is the indentations or dots along the shell wing covers, three excellent shots as is becoming the norm good for you, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinWink

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30 Oct 2012 - 10:43 AM

Fab set Carol, very unusual colouring,
Geoff.

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johnjones
johnjones  4 England
30 Oct 2012 - 11:00 AM

A excellent shot must have been hard being so shine and what a white up of great information.
jj

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Hop-A-Long
30 Oct 2012 - 11:17 AM

Excellent shots, they look like oily mirrors.
A very informative write up.

Andy

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Irishkate
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30 Oct 2012 - 11:28 AM

Lovely looking critter - must look at my rosemary plant!
Interesting to read your narrative.
Great macros images.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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digital_boi
30 Oct 2012 - 11:34 AM

great colours and detail Carol

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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30 Oct 2012 - 11:40 AM


Quote: This looks like a walking rainbow

Couldn't agree more but I've never seen one. Superb images Carol.
Joan.

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Briwooly
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30 Oct 2012 - 11:45 AM

3 cracking close ups Carol and a very interesting write up

Brian.....................

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 - 12:33 PM

A little gem! Grin
Nice to see it mating a "real mate" in V3 because in Australia jewel beetles are mating with beer bottles !! (They find them irresistable because the brown bottles reflect the light the same way a female beetle wing cover does)... Not much good for the procriation of the species... Well done for such a beautiful set of images.
IB

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jgmford
jgmford  7 England
30 Oct 2012 - 1:36 PM

Stunning close up detail Macro captures again Carol, super colours, very well done. Jeff SmileSmileSmile

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30 Oct 2012 - 1:47 PM

Lovely detail colours & write up Carol.Cloudy here....weather indoor weather thingy says rain...but forecast says dry!!!!!Smile
Pauline.

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EAS
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30 Oct 2012 - 2:48 PM

Amazing looking critter, Carol. If only it behaved a lot better re the munchinng of plants it could have been a welcome guest! the details and colours you've captured are wonderful.

Ann

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30 Oct 2012 - 3:03 PM

It's amazing how many new bugs and creepy-crawlies you present us with, Carol, and this is truly amazing, what stunning colours Smile Three excellent captures Wink
Trev Smile

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30 Oct 2012 - 3:32 PM

The colours are superb the captures are just stunning.

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Billyray
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30 Oct 2012 - 4:00 PM

Three cracking shots Carol. The colours are terrific as is the detail. Thanks for the excellent write up.
Ray

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SandraKay
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30 Oct 2012 - 4:10 PM

3 fine macro shots. Who would have thought a little beetle could look so pretty.
Sandra

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Brian65
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30 Oct 2012 - 4:39 PM

I like this beetle and youve captured the beauty spot on Carol.
Brian

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30 Oct 2012 - 5:01 PM

You've caught his iridescent coat so well Carol - excellent detail and colour!
Ann

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TonyDy
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30 Oct 2012 - 5:30 PM

Great shots, Carol - what a lustre!
Tony

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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 6:24 PM

V1 for me. Very nice.

Gerry

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30 Oct 2012 - 6:41 PM

"Somewhere over the rainbow"

Simply Wonderful.

Rock

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30 Oct 2012 - 6:44 PM

excellent shots carol, and like v3.
regards
Yung

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30 Oct 2012 - 7:52 PM

Such a beautiful insect Carol - lovely images.
Brian.

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30 Oct 2012 - 8:35 PM

The iridescence shows beautifully

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30 Oct 2012 - 9:07 PM

Stunning detail and amazing colours

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31 Oct 2012 - 8:58 AM

Amazingly iridescent. Superb detail Carol. Paul

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basith  1 Sri Lanka
31 Oct 2012 - 3:40 PM

Excellent shots.
like V1....
Basith Smile

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31 Oct 2012 - 10:45 PM

how pretty they are, and they are making sure you will get more of them next year. V3 for me, for the extra grin!

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2 Nov 2012 - 11:26 AM

Great detail and stunning colours. Ann.

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