Life on the Eucalypt

August 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

The variety of leaf beetles that can be found in most forest type settings is quite astounding. Ranging from plain drab browns through to a cacophony of bright colours on a single shell, there is no shortage in styles to run across when out shooting.

Tucked away in the middle of the range in terms of looks is the Eucalypt leaf beetle. Also know as the yellow skirted leaf beetle, this species grows to around 10mm and feeds predominantly on eucalypt leaves.

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Eucalypt leaf beetle (Chrysophtharta cloelia)
Canon 5D, MPE-65 @ 2x, Full flash

Leaf beetles are an ever present subject and become easier to shoot after getting to know their habits. Most tend to take one of two actions when faced with a camera lens… either turning and hightailing it in the opposite direction, or tucking their legs under their shells and rolling off the leaf they are sitting on.

Eucalyptus Leaf BeetleEucalypt leaf beetle (Chrysophtharta cloelia)
Canon 5D, MPE-65 @ 3.3x, Full flash

With a little patience and learning what to expect, most species however are easy enough to shoot, including this one. Whenever I approach leaf beetles now, I will usually bend another leaf underneath them in case they go for the tuck and roll approach, which is exactly what this one did. I was then able to grab a few shots before I let this one scurry away.

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