These gorgeous, heathland creatures are real predators of the insect world, as you might guess from their jaws, which the male also uses to grasp the female during mating, as in this picture. There are quite a few of these on my local heath and, in flight, in sunlight, their green wings make them look like back-lit emeralds. My ambition is to get a shot of one in action like that. I don’t rate my chances but it won’t stop me trying.
When shooting at close range like this, even at an aperture of f11, depth of field is very shallow: each beetle is about 15mm long, so DOF is only about 5mm.
Nikon D7100, Sigma 105mm f2.8 macro with 1.4x converter, ISO 320, 1/250 sec at f11.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Adults are typically 12–15 millimetres (0.47–0.59 in) long. The elytra and thorax are green, varying in tone from light to dark, spotted with cream-coloured patches, and in bright sunlight are somewhat iridescent. The eyes are blackish; the legs are brown with whitish hairs. The antennae are long and straight, not clubbed.
The larvae are carnivorous. They dig burrows from where they ambush ground-living insects such as ants.
Cicindela campestris is distributed across Europe from Spain in the southwest to Finland in the northeast. Most records are from the UK, Germany, Austria and the south of Sweden. In Britain, records are mainly from dry sandy or heathy areas such as the heathlands of Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset, and the mountains and moorlands of the Scottish Highlands.
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