The Japanese Beetle (no, its not a new small car)

June 22, 2011

I’ve been itching to use the macro on the S30, so when a

Japanese beetle

flew into the house, I could not resist taking these shots before releasing it outside again:

jp btle two 200611

Though it is apparently a pest in the US, the colours of the beetle are really lovely:

Jap btl one 200611

The coppery-bronze greeny sheen also makes for good camouflage against the twigs and leaves:

jp btl 200611

I don’t think these beetles bite, but I handled them carefully, all the same; it was a delight to see the zzzzzzzipping off into the open air when I had finished my photography!