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Sphingnotus mirabilis

Another macro subject from West Papua, this time from Waigeo Island. Sphingnotus mirabilis is a species of beetle belonging to the family Cerambycidae. There are 6 currently listed sub-species which can grow to between 25 and 40 millimetres in length and are noted for their brilliant metallic blue-green colour and transverse whitish bands.

This specimen paused long enough for me to get a photograph using the 100mm macro lens and off camera flash. The dark background is the result of the flash being used as the dominant light source over powering the ambient light. Whilst the beetle itself was the attraction, I also liked the shapes of the leaves which I believe add to the composition.

Sphingnotus mirabilis, a species of beetle belonging to the family Cerambycidae.

Sphingnotus mirabilis, a species of beetle belonging to the family Cerambycidae.

Today’s image is part of the Indonesia 2019 gallery. ~KD.