To piggyback off of yesterday’s scarab beetle and its challenging shiny surfaces, I have another scarab beetle, a rose chafer species. Hopefully the difference between the two is readily apparent in this photo: one is smooth and glassy, the other is fuzzy and wuzzy. The little, smooth hairs (kind of like a short-haired dog) do not reflect light in harsh bursts. The flash shows up on the eye and especially the back leg, but nothing like on the other beetle. That’s something I can live with. The reflection on the grass and the white on the leaf in the background are probably bigger problems as far as distracting elements (and you can throw in a slightly unparallel focal plane to subject). All in all, this beetle was a less challenging subject; it lacked the highly-reflective surface, and as the ultimate bug photographer’s bonus, it didn’t move around much at all.