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.
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
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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.