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Rose Chafer - Macrodactylus subspinosus Yellowish-tan body that was about 12 mm long and covered in tiny hairs. It has impressive spiny, reddish-brown legs that gradually become darker at the ends. The antennae are short and lamellate, ending in a club of flat plates.<br />
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I spotted this beetle alone in a meadow, and it had the cutest behavior. Whenever I touched it, it would drop down on its ventral surface and kick its back legs up in the air.  Not sure the purpose, but it was endearing.<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61265/rose_chafer_-_macrodactylus_subspinosus.html" title="Rose Chafer - Macrodactylus subspinosus"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/61265_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1587600010&Signature=sNEaz0q1E0NegWDoDpKSb5H%2FuHk%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="Rose Chafer - Macrodactylus subspinosus Yellowish-tan body that was about 12 mm long and covered in tiny hairs. It has impressive spiny, reddish-brown legs that gradually become darker at the ends. The antennae are short and lamellate, ending in a club of flat plates.<br />
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I spotted this beetle alone in a meadow, and it had the cutest behavior. Whenever I touched it, it would drop down on its ventral surface and kick its back legs up in the air. Not sure the purpose, but it was endearing. <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61266/rose_chafer_-_macrodactylus_subspinosus.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61266/rose_chafer_-_macrodactylus_subspinosus.html" title="Rose Chafer - Macrodactylus subspinosus"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/61266_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1587600010&Signature=Bf2E4k1Y8ga0ZiNQVLnsoaKS3LE%3D" width="200" height="148" alt="Rose Chafer - Macrodactylus subspinosus Yellowish-tan body that was about 12 mm long and covered in tiny hairs. It has impressive spiny, reddish-brown legs that gradually become darker at the ends. The antennae are short and lamellate, ending in a club of flat plates.<br />
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I spotted this beetle alone in a meadow, and it had the cutest behavior. Whenever I touched it, it would drop down on its ventral surface and kick its back legs up in the air. Not sure the purpose, but it was endearing. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61267/rose_chafer_-_macrodactylus_subspinosus.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61267/rose_chafer_-_macrodactylus_subspinosus.html" title="Rose Chafer - Macrodactylus subspinosus"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/61267_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1587600010&Signature=v3lWIFRIFWEancc2gV2u%2FMNLAvc%3D" width="200" height="146" alt="Rose Chafer - Macrodactylus subspinosus Yellowish-tan body that was about 12 mm long and covered in tiny hairs. It has impressive spiny, reddish-brown legs that gradually become darker at the ends. The antennae are short and lamellate, ending in a club of flat plates.<br />
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 I spotted this beetle alone in a meadow, and it had the cutest behavior. Whenever I touched it, it would drop down on its ventral surface and kick its back legs up in the air. Not sure the purpose, but it was endearing.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61266/rose_chafer_-_macrodactylus_subspinosus.html<br />
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Rose Chafer - Macrodactylus subspinosus

Yellowish-tan body that was about 12 mm long and covered in tiny hairs. It has impressive spiny, reddish-brown legs that gradually become darker at the ends. The antennae are short and lamellate, ending in a club of flat plates.

I spotted this beetle alone in a meadow, and it had the cutest behavior. Whenever I touched it, it would drop down on its ventral surface and kick its back legs up in the air. Not sure the purpose, but it was endearing.

Rose Chafer - Macrodactylus subspinosus Yellowish-tan body that was about 12 mm long and covered in tiny hairs. It has impressive spiny, reddish-brown legs that gradually become darker at the ends. The antennae are short and lamellate, ending in a club of flat plates.<br />
<br />
I spotted this beetle alone in a meadow, and it had the cutest behavior. Whenever I touched it, it would drop down on its ventral surface and kick its back legs up in the air. Not sure the purpose, but it was endearing. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61266/rose_chafer_-_macrodactylus_subspinosus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61264/rose_chafer_-_macrodactylus_subspinosus.html<br />
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Rose Chafer - Macrodactylus subspinosus Yellowish-tan body that was about 12 mm long and covered in tiny hairs. It has impressive spiny, reddish-brown legs that gradually become darker at the ends. The antennae are short and lamellate, ending in a club of flat plates.<br />
<br />
I spotted this beetle alone in a meadow, and it had the cutest behavior. Whenever I touched it, it would drop down on its ventral surface and kick its back legs up in the air. Not sure the purpose, but it was endearing. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61267/rose_chafer_-_macrodactylus_subspinosus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61264/rose_chafer_-_macrodactylus_subspinosus.html<br />
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Rose Chafer - Macrodactylus subspinosus Yellowish-tan body that was about 12 mm long and covered in tiny hairs. It has impressive spiny, reddish-brown legs that gradually become darker at the ends. The antennae are short and lamellate, ending in a club of flat plates.<br />
<br />
 I spotted this beetle alone in a meadow, and it had the cutest behavior. Whenever I touched it, it would drop down on its ventral surface and kick its back legs up in the air. Not sure the purpose, but it was endearing.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61266/rose_chafer_-_macrodactylus_subspinosus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61265/rose_chafer_-_macrodactylus_subspinosus.html<br />
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    comments (12)

  1. A-MAZING shot! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks! Posted one year ago
  2. Very cool beetle, and very well captured! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy :) Posted one year ago
  3. Lovely
    Posted one year ago
    1. Thank you Lars! Posted one year ago
  4. Absolutely perfect shot! Great job... you are really delivering Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks so much :) Posted one year ago
  5. Absolutely gorgeous beetle, huge tarsus :)
    As a way of defense they can turn very stiff hardening tibia and tarsus when handled, probably the main reason for falling continuously. They need more area to grasp ;o)
    Beautiful intro for this species*
    Cheers!
    Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks! The tarsi were so big and fancy! ...And, interesting - thanks for the info!! Posted one year ago
  6. Fantastic shot Christine!! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Claire :) Posted one year ago

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''Macrodactylus subspinosus'' is a North American beetle of the family Scarabaeidae. It is one of at least two beetles in this family known as the "rose chafer", the other being the European ''Cetonia aurata''. ''M. subspinosus'' occurs from Eastern Canada to Colorado and is considered a pest of many crops and flowers. It is given its common name of rose chafer because it eats the leaves of roses, although it also feeds on many other plants.

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Uploaded Jun 7, 2018. Captured Jun 3, 2018 10:17 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.0
  • 1/512s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm