3: iridescent insects - the auroran sunset

Here at abelard.org, we take a lot of photographs. Many of them are pretty. This is the third of what I hope will become a regular “photograph with little or no explanation or comment” feature.

First an amazing damselfly from abelard:

Green damselfly. Image credit: abelard
[The ultimate iridescent insect, a damselfly covered in greens, blues and even purples. Taken in France on the 28th June 2002.]

Then two somewhat less amazing insect pairs from the auroran sunset:

A fly sitting on a grasshopper. Image credit: the auroran sunset
[An amazingly colourful fly sitting on an almost invisible grasshopper. Taken in France on the 29th August 2005.]

Two green and gold beetles on a leaf. Image credit: the auroran sunset
[Two beautiful green and gold iridescent beetles. Taken in France on the 27th August 2005.]

Both of my photos are somewhat of lucky finds: because the subjects are so small, in neither case did I know there were two insects when I tried to capture their wonderful colours.

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