Day 157

As i was taking some shots of some orange day lilies i noticed this little guy crawling up one that hadn't opened yet so i quickly took some shot until i accidentally knocked him off lol. I was sure i didn't get anything in focus but when i got home i noticed this shot and was quite happy with it.
I didn't know what kind of bug it was so of course i googled it and think its a Soldier Beetle (aka Downy Leather-wing)
All gardeners should love these insects!! (In other words: don't kill them!)
The soldier beetle is a voracious predator, feeding on aphids, smaller insect eggs, insect larvae, some caterpillars and other small insects. Their eating habits have made them a very beneficial beetle around most vegetation since plant life is not part of their diet. They are about ¾” long, and their segmented antennae are over half the length of their bodies. Their dusky or downy wing covers can be any color from a light mauve to chocolate-brown to near black. Their harmless larvae spend the winter hibernating underground.

Fabulous capture Tanja…
posted June 6th, 2012  
Excellent macro shot, bravo!
posted June 6th, 2012  
Very nicely shot!!
posted June 6th, 2012  
Nice capture! And don't worry about knocking him off, I'm sure he was able to crawl back up.
posted June 6th, 2012  
He's looking at you like he knows what's coming! Very cool shot!
posted June 6th, 2012  
Wow...awesome capture. Perfect macro. Love the clarity and focus. Great composition and color too. I love the look he's giving. A bit coy but trying to be menacing. LOL
posted June 6th, 2012  
A wonderful capture, your focus is great! He looks cute, and curious! 8)
posted June 6th, 2012  
Ian
Great capture Tanja
posted June 6th, 2012  
Beautiful close up!
posted June 6th, 2012  
Wonderful close-up!
posted June 6th, 2012  
Great shot :)
posted June 6th, 2012  
Fantastic detail!
posted June 6th, 2012  
Gorgeous capture, Tanja ... beautiful clarity and colors!! I can see why gardners would love this little guy in their gardens.
posted June 7th, 2012  
love the details and colors! gorgeous shot Tanja!
posted June 7th, 2012  
cute little fella, nice close-up, and colors! nice capture!
posted June 7th, 2012  
Very cool photo...enjoyed the information.
posted June 8th, 2012  
Wow such great detail, you can even see a reflection in his eyes!
posted June 8th, 2012  
Great bug macro
posted June 9th, 2012  
I love this macro! fav! following you now
posted June 10th, 2012  
He looks like he could be saying "I'm kind of the worlddddd!!!" after climbing all the way up to his little flower summit!!! Great shot!
posted June 10th, 2012  
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