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Croscherichia paykulli

Croscherichia paykulli
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-05-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H10, Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 28-200 mm
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-10-13 2:47
Viewed: 868
Points: 4
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On my bicycle trip through Tunisia:
This Blister beetle, Croscherichia (=Mylabris) paykulli (Billberg, 1813) of the Meloidae family looked familiar to me, having found similar species in Valais, Switzerland. The beetle genus lays eggs in the ground and the hatching larvae crawl around to look for grasshopper eggs to eat. The presented African representative may or may not have been shown on TN before.

ID: on http://www.galerie-insecte.org/galerie/pays2-996-Meloidae.html I found a key for North African Meloid species. Luckily many species can be told apart by the red and black pattern of their elytrae.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-10-13 3:51]

Hello Dietrich,
A great shot of this colorful Blister beetle, much prettier then the ones I've seen here in Ohio. Excellent detail of both beetle and flower. Perfectly exposed and presented in an attractive composition. Well done!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-10-13 4:04]

Hi Dietrich,nice capture of this curious beetle not often seen on TN,the yellow flower in background is perfect to create the best contrast,fine details,bright colors and the best exposure too,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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