WPY 2015

Photograph Details

Finalist 2015

Invertebrates

Javier Aznar González de Rueda, Spain

Beetle beauty and the spiral of love

While searching for reptiles and amphibians on the slopes of the Tungurahua volcano, Javier came across this dazzling pair of jewel weevils. It took him many attempts to keep their tiny forms, just millimetres long, in focus as they travelled along the plant’s spiralling tendril. The striking metallic colours of these weevils may be a form of water droplet mimicry, a cunning defence in this humid forest habitat, deeming them uninteresting to passing predators. After several hours mating, the female will use its long rostrum, or nose, to bore a hole into the plant, laying eggs inside so the larvae will hatch surrounded by food.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 70D + Sigma 180mm f3.5 lens; 1 sec at f16; ISO 100; x2 Yongnuo flashes; cable shutter release; Manfrotto tripod + ballhead.


Tungurahua, Baños, Ecuador: latitude -1.443894, longitude -78.44261 Tungurahua, Baños, Ecuador: latitude -1.443894, longitude -78.44261

Tungurahua, Baños, Ecuador

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Javier Aznar González de Rueda

Javier Aznar González de Rueda, Spain

Javier is a Spanish biologist and wildlife and conservation photographer who focuses on the natural history, science and conservation of the smaller animals of the world. He is an Emerging League Photographer at the International League of Conservation Photographers and believes that the power of photography can be used to help to conserve the planet and the animals and plants that live on it.

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