No. 70, 20th August: Soldier beetle



In July, the fields around my house become alive with soldier beetles. Despite their bright red body and vicious-sounding name, these beetles are completely harmless to humans. They feed on pollen, nectar and other small insects. I love photographing them - they have such characterful little faces and beautifully shaped bodies that they always create interesting photo opportunities. In this image, I particularly like the texture of the out-of-focus grass in the background - it makes it look almost like an etching.



Technical details: Canon 7D MKII + 100mm macro lens; 1/2000 sec at f/2.8; ISO 400.