Tortoise Shell Beetles mating, Backyard, India by Anirban Dutta

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This is Tortoise Shell Beetles mating. I have always tried to use back light in a unique way. I keenly observed that edges of wings which are a bit transparent with texture. I found these beetles in late rainy seasons at our area every year. I have had to wait many days to get proper light and position. Its hard wings and legs are pale yellow in colour semi-transparent with black spots. I have taken so many shots from different angles and positions. But I love this one for back details of beetles. They are in sex on a long stick like plant. I changed my position to get the sun at the back and reduced the power of flash light to minimum, we call it Anti-light shot. My target was to focus the texture of wings. These light and texture can’t be seen with naked eyes. The natural Sun light illuminated their SEX.

Shot was taken at my home backyard, Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India.

I have used Nikon D500 body with Tamron 90 mm VC USD lens, external TTL flash with diffuser illuminated the subject.

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