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A Cool toy

A Cool toy
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Things in and around my house. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-06 4:49
Viewed: 5083
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 30
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Fruit Chafer (Pachnoda sinuate)
Family: Scarabaeidae; Cetoniini, sometimes also called Rose Chafers.

They are 10-70mm in size. There is roughly about 160 species available. Somewhat flat, hard bodied, squarish beetles mostly brightly coloured and beautifully marked. Normally found on shoots, flowers and fruit also plant stems exuding sap.

They are alert day flying beetles that readily take to wing. They sometimes congregate in considerable numbers on flowers. Some species invade beehives to feed on honeycombs.

Adults feed on nectar, ripe fruit flowers and sap. Larvae feed on vegetable matter such as dung or compost. Eggs are laid in soil. Mature larvae pupate in cocoon made by gluing together plant debris and soil particles with saliva.

They are very common and are found in most gardens in South Africa.

As a child I remember tying a thin thread to the hind leg of these insects. They would fly even with the string attached to the leg. Everyone in summer had these cool flying insects on strings with them. They are considered pests and are exterminated mostly on sight. They are a major food source for the Velvet Spider I posted yesterday. I found lots of carcasses in it’s lair.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-06 4:50]

Very weird looking thing, I like it! Great colours and I liek the OOF one behind. Great note too. Thanks Gerhard.

Gerhard, Great detail on your subject Fruit Chafer. I found the note very interesting because it reminded me of my childhood & the things we used to do with "bugs" also. Also noticed antenae down in subject & up on 2nd Chafer...

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-09-06 9:36]

Nice bugs! Good macro.

Another specialist among us,
Well gerhard, this is really a good capture, with fantastic colours and not one but two with one shot. De dof is very nice, and the note is good, great job.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-06 10:47]

I can remember the string too. Very nice capture and thanks for taking me back a good couple of years. are you sure you did not find strings in the spiders lair as well?


I took my granddaughter to an insect fair once, and they sold beetles that eat rotten wood, with tiny chains and pins to attach to clothing......... not for me! These are weird!

You arranged those one manually or asked to pose for you? :)
Very descrptive

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-06 12:03]
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Parecen un par de acorazados.
Tal vez falta algo de detalle o nitidez, pero imagino que las condiciones de la captura no eran las mejores.
Excelente perspectiva y DOF.
Instructiva nota tambien.

They seem a pair of battleships.
Perhaps lack something of detail or clearness, but I imagine that the conditions of the capture were not the best ones.
Excellent perspective and DOF.
Instructive note also.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-06 12:11]

Ces deux insectes sont étonnants. La photo et les couleurs sont agréables.
Well done !

Very nice macro shot Gerhard. Nice colours. Good note.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
  • [2004-09-06 14:28]

Air-gun targets, I used to shoot these pests with the airgun off my Robebia flowers. Maybe I can nail some later this month, before I NAIL them! Baie mooi, Gerhardt.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-06 15:15]

A nice capture.
These are very unusual looking beasties.
Great colours and good composition.
A great note too,very well done.

trop cool ce couple dont je ne connais pas du tout l'espèce...magnifiques les couleurs...géniale la prise de vue...belle macro...merci pour ce partage et merci pour la note...amicalement BI

Very interesting, Gerhard - I haven't ever seen these guys before. Their colorful yellow-black pattern is quite something. Good diagonal composition, and the shallow DOF seems to accentuate the graphical qualities of the chafers. Good catch.

Gerhardt, another beautiful shot. Interesting creatures. New to me. DOF on the front animal is a good idea. The blurred second animal gives the impression there are more.
Nicely done.

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