Green-metallic leaf-beetle feeding on buttercup pollen

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Not a mint leaf beetle, as I had first supposed, but Cryptocephalus aureolus, which has no common name. The distribution of this species in the UK is described as Nationally Notable B (widespread but scarce) on the UK Beetle Recording site (, with the majority of sightings in central and southern England and Wales. When I viewed the image full-size it was apparent that at least two other species of insect were present on/in the one buttercup flower 😲.

The image also serves to illustrate the surprisingly good close-focus capabilities of the Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro.
19/05/2021 - 21:27prsjnb
CategoryWildlife / Nature
Shutter Speed1/320
Focal Length200mm


Link Posted 20/05/2021 - 01:24
It is indeed a good image (from both lens and photographer). The old Pentax FA 80-320mm is similarly very good - and full frame.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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Link Posted 20/05/2021 - 04:49


Link Posted 20/05/2021 - 18:57
Nicely captured.


Link Posted 18/06/2021 - 12:17
I own that Tamron lens and your image beautifully promotes its macro credentials. A memorable image. Bravo.


Link Posted 30/12/2021 - 06:50
You have amazing photography skills , loved your all pics.

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