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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.8
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-30 14:23
Viewed: 11242
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
After some very bussy days and no time for "anything", a few minuts for TN today :>

Today something really "terrible", a species from the family which is rather rarely presented in TN gallery - member of rove beetles - Ocypus olens (O. F. Müller, 1764) (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) (in Polish: prochniaczek czarniawy).

Here are some basic data about this species:

Distribution: originally in great part of Europe and NW Africa, introduced to N America, Asia and Australia

Habitat: forests, parks, sometimes open areas and even city centres

Size: 25-28 mm what makes this species one of the biggest rove beetles in Europe

Activity: mainly night

Life strategy: predator hunting for different small invertebrates, including earthworms, woodlices, insects, slungs and snails

English name: - devil's coach-horse beetle comes from stories from the Middle Ages when this species has een associated with Devil for the first time. Thanks to its black colouration, huge mandibles and night period of activity people believed that the Devil assumes the form of this beetle to eat sinners. Some other common names of this beetle are: Devil's beast, Devil's footman, Devil's coachman and Devil's steed.

Thank you in advance for your visits and time! :>

SelenE, LordPotty, brunorsantana, ramthakur, boreocypriensis, Alex99, maurydv, Noisette, valy67, goutham_ramesh, siggi, haraprasan, dejo, cataclysta, anel has marked this note useful
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Hi Radomir,
This is a perfect capture of this little stinker.
It has its abdomen raised ready to stink you too.
Excellent exposure showing sharp detail through all the dark areas.
Fantastic work!
Well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-05-30 14:39]

Hi Radomir,
Why terrible?? Devil should assume the form of a bigger animal to eat the sinners:o)
I must admit I've never seen it before, or maybe I never noticed... Interesting form, good details and very interesting notes.
All the best,

Perfect focus and details, Radomir. Good framing and interesting notes. Excellent work. Congratulations and TFS!

Greetings from Brazil,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6417 W: 89 N: 15563] (65130)
  • [2009-05-30 17:05]

Hi Rado,another great preview from Morocco.This is new too for me....and your pic is another time a best example of sharpness and oint of view!!My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Radomir,

The photo is very well made, the balance of light and color is excellent, well-managed approach, overall it is an excellent macro, but ... I have a confession that this bug is horrible! Luckily it is fairly small. Greetings and Good Sunday.


I don't think we have seen this Beetle on TN till now, Radomir, so thanks for sharing this first-ever subject.
The picture, in your typical style, is extremely sharp and full of minute details.
This is a great find from your tour of Morocco.
Well done and best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-31 0:25]

Hello Radomir,
Impressive photo of this beetle. Sharpness, details and natural colours are very good. Great POV and composition.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-31 0:53]

Hello Radomir
Interesting insect, and you capture it with perfect focus, great details and natural colors.

Hi Radek, what a weonderful shot of this rarely seen rove beetle species from Morroco. Details, sharpness... indeed in all araound a masterpiece work accompanying with your excellent notes that i learn so much.
TFS and greetings from Izmir:> MF


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-31 10:20]

Hi Radomir.
What a cute and finely pictured insect. I like greatDOF, wonderful presentation of the insect and its impressive surroundings, superb 3D-effect and fine colours. I am also impressed with tiniest details of the picture. Well done and best wishes.

Hello Radomir,
another splendid and interesting picture from Morocco, you have captured this insect with superb sharpness and very beautiful natural colours.
Best regards

Hello Radomir
Interesting black beetle, i have never seen before, the sharpness is amazing
each details is very clear and i like the rocky environment
great composition and POV
Have a good night

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-06-01 11:52]

Hello Radomi !
Poor little thing, called a Devil when it's in reality harmless... It's a very beautiful insect, I think. The big mandibles are impressive, the black color is so nice, and he looks quite big on your picture. You have captured him with amazing details, in natural colors. Composition, POVand pose of the insect are fantastic, too. Very well done !

Thanks for posting this rare gem. The head looks like that of an ant and the body of a beetle. Those mandible looks impressive!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2009-06-03 22:31]

Hello Radomir,
Here is my new method of critique for this image of the Devil's Coach-horse:
+: POV, sharpness, composition.
-: sligtly busy, if natural BG does not allow it to stand out.
Thanks and best wishes from Ĺhus,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-07 12:21]

Hallo Radomir,
Ten jest pierwszej klasy!Swietny kadr,ostrosc,kontrast.Ty masz oko na takie male dziwolagi.Do tego interesujacy opis.Dziekuje Siggi

Hi Radek,
A nice capture of this Devil's coach horse beetle. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-06-17 15:34]

Hello Radomir,
nice to be here again and see all these beautiful pictures!
great macro capture! great focus and details!
best regards,

Czesc Radziu
Bardzo ladne, ostre zdjecie. Fajnie wyglada w tych kamykach. Notka tez ciekawa. Bardzo mi sie podoba

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3052 W: 3 N: 8715] (40572)
  • [2009-07-30 4:16]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent shot of this rarely-shown species. And what an English name! Lucky you to have seen it and also to have caught the opportunity to make such a good shot. Very good picture under all aspects and thanks also for your good note.
Kind regards

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