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Acanthophorus serraticornis

Acanthophorus serraticornis
Photo Information
Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1577 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/28 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-28 10:22
Viewed: 5737
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thank you very much Mr. Marcello for the ID.

The longhorn beetles or long-horned beetles (Cerambycidae) are a cosmopolitan family of beetles, typically characterized by extremely long antennae, which are often as long as or longer than the beetle's body. In various members of the family, however, the antennae are quite short (e.g., Parandra brunnea, figured below) and such species can only be recognized with difficulty from related beetle families such as Chrysomelidae. The family is large, with over 20,000 species described. Several are serious pests, with the larvae boring into wood, where they can cause extensive damage to either living trees or to wood in buildings; the old house borer Hylotrupes bajulus being a particular problem indoors. A number of species mimic ants, bees, and wasps, though a majority of species are cryptically colored. The rare giant long-horned beetle (Titanus giganteus) from northeastern South America is often considered the largest (though not the heaviest, and not the longest including legs) insect, with a maximum known body length of just over 16 centimeters.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea
Family: Cerambycidae
Genus: Acanthophorus
Species: serraticornis

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-28 10:34]

Hi Haraprasan. A good close up of the Bug. you have captured it with fine detail and colours. a nice POv.a very shiny body. well done tFS.

A Happy New Year To You.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-28 10:51]

Hi Haraprasan,
what an ominous-looking beetle!!
Those mandibles look really scary!
Excellent POV and composition.
Great detail and texture.
Well done!

Hello Pransan,
superb close up with perfect sharpness, real colour and details to enjoy
the exposure and focus is spot on, not a bit of OE
very very well done indeed
best regards

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2007-12-28 11:00]

Hello Haraprasan,

Great sharp picture of this beetle. Beautiful colours.
Well done,


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1081 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-28 11:40]

Hello Haraprasan,
this longhorn beetle has vey impressive mandibles. I remember a bite from a similar species in Borneo.
Your picture is very sharp and shows surfaces and details of the beetle pretty good.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Haraprasan, very nice close-up of this beautifull bug, excellent focus and wonderfull colors,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5964 W: 89 N: 15073] (63160)
  • [2007-12-28 12:15]

I don't know the ID but the pic is wonderfull,not easy to take so perfect whit this terribles insects..eheeh..happy new year,Luciano

I really love my new 17"LCD monitor. It makes all of your shots 4 pointers...Great image in a way which you do so well...

Hi Haraprasan,
Very sharp and clear picture of a very impressive beetle. Excellent colours and DOF, composition and frame. Regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-12-28 13:16]

Hello Haraprasan,
This is a superb capture of an impressive Longhorn Beetle, the exact ID of which is a mystery to me. The large mandibles I imagine are used for combating other rivals rather than defence against predators, rather like stag beetles.
EConsidering the poor light you achieved excellent sharpness and DOF.
Well done and thanks for sharing this one,

Ciao Haraprasan,
complimenti per questa magnifica foto!
La bellissima specie, propria dell'India, che ci proponi Acanthophorus serraticornis Olivier, 1795 (Prioninae, Acanthophorini).
Si tratta di un maschio, riconoscibile per le enormi mandibole.
Sul web trovi qui una foto di maschio e femmina.
Credo che questa l'unica immagine sul web di A. serraticornis ripreso in natura.
Ancora complimenti,

Hello Haraprasan!
I see that Marcello was faster! :) And here are congratulations for him. I agee in 100% this is male of Acanthophorus serraticornis.
Anyway, the picture is really great, I believe that it was a great experience to see such beetle in the wild!
BY the way, I fould information that Titanus giganteus from S America can be even 18 cm long :)
Best greetings from Poland,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-28 20:12]

Hi Haraprasan,

Can't get more up close and personal with a bug than you did here. Excellent job. The sharpness is superb showing ALL the details of this insect. Colors and textures are great.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-28 21:24]

Hello Haraprasan

Another very well focused shot with very good detail.
The texture of the beetle and the colours are vivid.
Very good POV and DOF.
You have placed it well in the frame.


Hi Haraprasan, splendid macro of lovely bug with wonderful metallic color, excellent sharpness, very well done, HAPPY NEW YEAR ciao Silvio

Hi Haraprasan,
Beautiful picture. You captured this longhorn beetle with great sharpness. Details are well seen. Lovely pov and composition. Very well done.
JC do we walk through a field without stumbling...we are either looking in the sky for gracefully soaring birds or watching out for beetles in the grass. :)

Great shot - wonderful details and very nice and clear.

bonjour haraprasan
il y a juste un petit bout d'herbe qui vient cacher un peu la mandibule mais dans l'ensemble c'est reussi.
bien vu.

Hello Haraprasan,
Splendid close-up capture of this beautiful longhorn beetle in all respects. TFS.

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