Cryptocephalus moraei

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 August 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Cryptocephalus moraei (NL: Hertshooisteilkopje / EN: Cryptocephalus moraei /DE: Querbindiger Fallkäfer / FR: Cryptocephalus moraei) is a distinctively marked black beetle with four patches on the elytra which vary in colour from yellow to deep orange. There is one patch on the side and one at the rear of each elytron.
The species is usually found on Hypericum perforatum. In this image the couple was found on Centaurium erythraea but the Hypericum was nearby ...

Image: Ranst (BE) - 23/06/2012

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Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A beautiful capture with nice colors and light.

2 Aug 2012 8:41am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Excellent work. Good detail and clarity considering the narrow zone of focus.

3 Aug 2012 3:46am

Canon EOS 400D
1/80 second
ISO 200
150 mm