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chrysolina americana

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Beetle Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Humour and fun

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jaktis 14 84 Sweden
30 Oct 2012 5:29AM
This looks like a walking rainbow, great


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ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 6:11AM
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....

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 6:31AM
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.
30 Oct 2012 6:33AM
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.
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 6:44AM
Stunning detail Carol, great colours and a very interesting narrative. I have never seen one of these wonderfully colourful creatures! well done Carole.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
30 Oct 2012 6:47AM
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.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
30 Oct 2012 6:58AM
Excellent set Carol !! You're a star ! Thanx for the info - are you a teacher by any means ? Smile
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
30 Oct 2012 7:16AM
You've caught its glorious colours brilliantly!
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 7:23AM
What a pretty beetle it's colours are amazing.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
30 Oct 2012 7:44AM
I never cease to be amazed with the variety of critters you present us with. More impressive macro images here.

30 Oct 2012 7:52AM
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 ........
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 8:01AM
stunning colours
30 Oct 2012 8:13AM
Excellent captures Carol, great detail, well done,
30 Oct 2012 8:18AM
A superb presentation & write up as a bonus.
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
30 Oct 2012 8:33AM
Three fantastic and great macro shot,Carol,very well done,
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 8:34AM
love the colours carol brilliant detail v1 for me today love the comp a cracker nice one Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 8:44AM
V1 the best but V3 is fun - do they never stop??
Wonderful metallic tones.
PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 9:05AM
Wonderful colours and detail!
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 9:14AM
Quite metallic colours and textures, superb detail Carol
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
30 Oct 2012 9:15AM
Stunning colours and once again stunning photography Carol, you could wear it as a brooch.


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.
Tibetan 5 3 England
30 Oct 2012 9:57AM
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
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
30 Oct 2012 10:43AM
Fab set Carol, very unusual colouring,
30 Oct 2012 11:00AM
A excellent shot must have been hard being so shine and what a white up of great information.
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
30 Oct 2012 11:17AM
Excellent shots, they look like oily mirrors.
A very informative write up.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 11:28AM
Lovely looking critter - must look at my rosemary plant!
Interesting to read your narrative.
Great macros images.
30 Oct 2012 11:34AM
great colours and detail Carol

9 10 10 England
30 Oct 2012 11:40AM

Quote:This looks like a walking rainbow
Couldn't agree more but I've never seen one. Superb images Carol.
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
30 Oct 2012 11:45AM
3 cracking close ups Carol and a very interesting write up

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 12:33PM
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.
jgmford 11 England
30 Oct 2012 1:36PM
Stunning close up detail Macro captures again Carol, super colours, very well done. Jeff SmileSmileSmile
exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
30 Oct 2012 1:47PM
Lovely detail colours & write up Carol.Cloudy indoor weather thingy says rain...but forecast says dry!!!!!Smile
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
30 Oct 2012 2:48PM
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.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
30 Oct 2012 3:03PM
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
30 Oct 2012 3:32PM
The colours are superb the captures are just stunning.
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 4:00PM
Three cracking shots Carol. The colours are terrific as is the detail. Thanks for the excellent write up.
SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 4:10PM
3 fine macro shots. Who would have thought a little beetle could look so pretty.
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 4:39PM
I like this beetle and youve captured the beauty spot on Carol.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 5:01PM
You've caught his iridescent coat so well Carol - excellent detail and colour!
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 5:30PM
Great shots, Carol - what a lustre!
Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 6:24PM
V1 for me. Very nice.

Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
30 Oct 2012 6:41PM
"Somewhere over the rainbow"

Simply Wonderful.

dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 6:44PM
excellent shots carol, and like v3.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
30 Oct 2012 7:52PM
Such a beautiful insect Carol - lovely images.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 8:35PM
The iridescence shows beautifully
30 Oct 2012 9:07PM
Stunning detail and amazing colours
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2012 8:58AM
Amazingly iridescent. Superb detail Carol. Paul
basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
31 Oct 2012 3:40PM
Excellent shots.
like V1....
Basith Smile
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
31 Oct 2012 10:45PM
how pretty they are, and they are making sure you will get more of them next year. V3 for me, for the extra grin!
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
2 Nov 2012 11:26AM
Great detail and stunning colours. Ann.

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