In between the cracks...

I found this interesting beetle between the floor boards on the veranda today.

(also the first photo of the new year)

I've since found out this is a Botany Bay Diamond Weevil (Chrysolopus spectabilis)

Apparently it was first identified and collected by James Cook's party in Botany Bay, making it one of the first insect species identified in Australia by European visitors.

They eat wattles but can become a garden pest.

View all photos taken: Monday, 1st January 2007, This photo: 11:20am

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  • limowreck666 said:
    a weevil of some sort... bad news for your plants!! :P
  • David de Groot said:
    Could be... dunno, insects aren't my speciality ;-)

    For size, it's width is about half the width of my thumb (which I know is fairly specific, but you could extrapolate out to most men's thumbs).
  • Maki_C30D said:
    Happy New Year to you & yours!

    wonderful 1st photo for 2007:)
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    that's a weevil all right. i don;t think they harm your plants
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Maria :) Happy New Year to you and your family too :)

    Well there's no shortage of plants around here for them to feast on if they really want to Greg ;-)
  • AlexandraPhotos said:
    Fascinating looking bug. Wonderful pattern and colours

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  • a777thunder said:
    As Alexandra says, Interesting Pattern and colour Dave.
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh Wow! Thanks Alexandra :)

    You too Kev!
  • Mark McCowen said:
    Another crazy looking bug! I think I would be scared to live there. Anyway, excellent macro shot. I hope you and your family have a HAPPY NEW YEAR. Can't wait for your 2007 pictures!
  • David de Groot said:
    I'm sure this one is harmless Mark (unless you eat it I suppose). ;-)

    Happy New Year to you and your family too :)
  • picsbymac said:
    The colour and texture on that little critter is amazing. HNY ; )
  • looby88 said:
    most weevils are not good news, but we live and let live, after all the world is still full of plants ! Its cute anyway ! Ah the s2 is called back into service !!
  • David de Groot said:
    That's what I thought Melissa :)

    Sure is Helen, I don't have a macro lens and this guy really needed a good macro shot :)
  • looby88 said:
    the super macro on the s2 is brilliant, almost worth buying the camera for that alone ! I nearly kept mine for that reason , but my daughters boyfriend loves it !

    Talking of love, this little creature has such cute eyes !!
  • David de Groot said:
    It definitely does a marvellous job of close macro shots. The only drawback is just how close you need to get to the subject, which can make lighting, and just getting the shot, difficult. What I have noticed though that every time I pick up the s2 (and it hasn't been that often) I really notice how small and light it is.
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    Funny-looking fella - I was just about to ask if you already got a macro lens for your 400D - then I saw you used the S2 ;-)
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe eventually a macro lens will appear, but in the meantime the S2 does some excellent macro stuff :)
  • looby88 said:
    i've been saying I'm going to get a macro for awhile... but something else will come first. My hubby has a 24- 105 L lens and its lovely, I used it for some of the Durlston photos, I also am considering the 24-70 L lens, doesnt have IS, but its a 2.8.....decisions decisions, money would help though.... a minor consideration !! If only we had more of it eh ??
  • David de Groot said:
    I've heard good things about both those lenses, but being the fast lens junkie that I am, I'd opt for the 24-70 too. Money is of course the only thing holding me back from further lens purchases, and it probably will be for a while too :(
  • looby88 said:
    Tell me about it !! : (
  • *melby* said:
    Thank you for posting in the Canon PowerShot S2 IS: macro and super macro pool.