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Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil - frontal, Heesch, Netherlands The tiny (6mm) Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil. This is basically a black weevil with colorful pearl-like scales. As they age, they become increasingly dark as they lose more scales. <br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94621/green_immigrant_leaf_weevil_-_side_view_heesch_netherlands.html" title="Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil - side view, Heesch, Netherlands"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/94621_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1598486410&Signature=zP6rrC4sb9ge%2Fon4eeUI7HYCpUU%3D" width="200" height="138" alt="Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil - side view, Heesch, Netherlands The tiny (6mm) Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil. This is basically a black weevil with colorful pearl-like scales. As they age, they become increasingly dark as they lose more scales. <br />
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Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil - frontal, Heesch, Netherlands

The tiny (6mm) Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil. This is basically a black weevil with colorful pearl-like scales. As they age, they become increasingly dark as they lose more scales.

Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil - side view, Heesch, Netherlands The tiny (6mm) Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil. This is basically a black weevil with colorful pearl-like scales. As they age, they become increasingly dark as they lose more scales. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94622/green_immigrant_leaf_weevil_-_frontal_heesch_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94623/green_immigrant_leaf_weevil_-_diagonal_heesch_netherlands.html Extreme Macro,Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil,Polydrusus formosus

Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil - diagonal, Heesch, Netherlands The tiny (6mm) Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil. This is basically a black weevil with colorful pearl-like scales. As they age, they become increasingly dark as they lose more scales. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94621/green_immigrant_leaf_weevil_-_side_view_heesch_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94622/green_immigrant_leaf_weevil_-_frontal_heesch_netherlands.html Extreme Macro,Polydrusus formosus

    comments (17)

  1. WHOA! This is spectacular! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Bling beetle for sure! Posted 2 months ago
  2. Great macro Ferdy, I guess he's as dead as a doornail ? Posted 2 months ago
    1. Yep, unfortunately it is. I prefer to find dead insects. If still alive, I try to process them as such, but to be honest, this doesn't work well. So the last resort is to kill the insect. It's not really my style to do this, I'm not comfortable with it, but I may do it in very small numbers. It's a dilemma, really. Posted 2 months ago
  3. Amazing - very dramatic! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thank you, Barry, I'm all about drama. Posted 2 months ago
  4. Weevil chiaroscuro - Rembrandt would be impressed! A gorgeous and breathtaking portrait here with accompanying images. Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
    1. Thanks so much, Ruth. I personally favor dramatic lighting (single source, diffused) over "scientific" perfectly even light from all directions as is often used in extreme macro.

      I wonder if you've heard of the work of Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk? If you enjoy the old dutch masters, she's the new one. Background in painting, turning into a photographer since 2016 only. And well...just look at it. Wow.
      Posted 2 months ago
      1. Ferdy, I finally had time to concentrate and appreciate your link last night. Thank you so much. I am in awe of Gemmy's mastery of light, her highly unique presentations. A truly artistic woman with pure poetry coursing through her veins. Posted 2 months ago
        1. Fully agree, I knew you'd like her work :) Posted 2 months ago
  5. "So the last resort is to kill the insect." Maybe better, but not really good: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeze_spray Posted 2 months ago
    1. This is a great suggestion for conventional macro photography, but will often still not work for this particular niche process I'm afraid to say :(

      There's two problems, by far the biggest being the time the entire process takes. A typical stack takes hours per subject, time in which the subject is heating up again. The secondary problem is that extreme macro requires extreme light sources, which only accelerate the subject heating up.

      This second problem is something some people don't realize and even with some stacking experience behind me now, still blows my mind. Take the absolute strongest light source you have, and you still need to bring it as close as almost touching the subject in order to see anything at all in the viewfinder.

      Thanks for thinking along!
      Posted 2 months ago
  6. I'm with Christine - spectacular macro's Ferdy! Last year I paid entrance fees to a museum to see this ;o) Posted 2 months ago
    1. Those are some very kind words, thanks so much. It's hard to be satisfied with personal results in extreme macro as I take a lot of learning from a group on Facebook where they outclass me on so many levels. By comparison, this looks crap. But I also try to take the opposite comparison...it's been like 7 weeks only. Posted 2 months ago
      1. Do not sell yourself short Ferdy, this series is really sublime IMHO! Posted 2 months ago
  7. What a wonderful portrait of a fabulous insect. We just don’t see these details with our naked eyes. Thank you ! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 2 months ago

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Polydrusus formosus is a species of ''broad-nosed weevils'' belonging to the family Curculionidae, subfamily Entiminae. This beetle is present in most of Europe and in Nearctic ecozone.

They are eaters of young leaves and open blossoms of a wide variety of woodland trees and shrubs, but also fruit trees and hazelnut. They are considered a pest of fruit trees, causing extensive damages to their buds, blossoms and shoots.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded May 22, 2020. Captured May 7, 2020 22:30.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/1.2
  • 1/200s
  • ISO64
  • 50mm