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Calomera angulata For Radek

Calomera angulata For Radek
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-28 7:32
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I dedicate this and the frontal POV in WS of this unknown tiger beetle (to me) to Radomir aka Radek, cicindela. As this is his subject of interest. It was about 3 cms in length and was very fast and agile even in the night time.
Thanks to Radomir for identifying the beetle correctly. Thank you very much for viewing.

This tiger beetles scientific name is Calomera angulata.

Habit of Tiger beetles:
Adult tiger beetles are (unlike Carabids) heliophilic insects, remaining inactive on cloudy, cool days. Activity of the adult beetles is regulated by air temperature, humidity (actual evaporation), light intensity, and wind. Most species do not become fully active until the air temperature reaches about 15 C. Contrary to first impression, the bright coloration and
bold markings found on many of these beetles does not lead to their endangerment. Instead the colorful markings serve to disrupt the overall outline of the beetle and make it virtually unrecognizable against the substrate. It is usually the beetles movement which reveals its position. There is undoubtedly considerable selective pressure to assure that individuals blend
into the background. Those which do not are eliminated by predators. The dorsal surface of the abdomen is generally brightly colored in metallic or orange-red hues, although these colors are not visible because they are concealed by the folded elytra. However, when the beetle is disturbed and takes flight these bright colors are suddenly displayed and this serves to
startle would-be predators.

Description of Calomera angulata

Length 12.5-16 mm
Head is dark greenish and coppery, antennae black with
four basal joints with purple reflection.
Pronotum is contracted before the base with greenish
central line and green punctures.
Elytra are much broader than pronotum dark brown or olive green with elaborate or white testaceous markings. White colour extends from the shoulders to the apex, with an interruption before the apical lunate patch; there is a transverse extension towards suture, a large inverted V- or S-shaped patch at middle extending backwards.
Legs are greenish and coppery with reddish trochanters.

Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Division: Neoptera
Subdivision: Endopterygota
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Adephaga
Superfamily: Caraboidea
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Cicindelinae
Tribe: Cicindelini
Genus: Calomera
Specis: angulata

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Hi Haraprasan,

My first critique!
Very good shot of this little tiger beetle! It's very sharp and the composition is excellent! The DOF is just right and you have the background very well blurred. The level you got to when you took this shot is also very good.

Well done,


Hi My friend!
I think this is a cicindelid:-) I am sure that our friend Radek will love this and identify it easly. A well fit dedication :). All are perfect!
Many thanks for sharing this one and regards,

A beautiful cicindelid with awesome mouth parts Haraprasan, captured from an all revealing lateral POV and in fine focus, both this one and the WS, surely Radomir will love this fine dedication.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-28 10:06]

Hi Haraprasan,

An amazing shot of an amazing looking beetle. Wonderful colors - exellent details and textures of the shell, body, and eyes. A perfect pov.


Dear Haraprasan!
Wow! What a great dedication!!! Thank you very much for this honour :)
According to the species name, it is Calomera angulata (Fabricius, 1798), a female :) You presented this species with all important morphological characters so it was really easy to identify it :)
By the way, except this species, there are 9 other species from this genus known from India. Anyway, I believe that its size was only some 15-18 mm :) And in total in India there are more than 200 species of Cicindelidae!!! :>
Once again thank you very much for this lovely dedication!
If you agree I would like to add this picture to theme "Tiger beetles of the world" :)
Friendly yours,

Hi Haraprasan, wonderful beetle with beautiful colors and fine details, great sharpness, lovely dedication to our friend Radomir, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-28 12:03]

Hola Haraprasan, una toma bien enfocada, con buena luz y color. Un saludo

by all means yes...Radomir is sensational and you both think quite alike even though from different areas...An especially well done image focused well on the subject and simple but succinct notes.

Hi Haraprasan!
Very well done photograph of this dangerous but interesting insect. Nice colours on legs. Good details.
TFS, cheers

Hello Haraprasan,
A superb capture of a cicidelid species. Perfect! TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-28 15:36]

What a stunning capture, Haraprasan!!!
This beetle is amazing!
Superb sharpness and detail!
Well composed with a great POV.
Very good flashwork!


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-28 15:48]

Hello Haraprasan, superb capture of this beautifull insect. TFS.

Hi Haraprasan,

Great macro shot, with beautiful colours and lots of details.
Nice dof and pov, i don't think i saw these specie before.
good dedication too.


This is a great night shot of this Beetle, HP.
With fill flash in use, you have succeeded in capturing the subject in sharp and clear detail, especially in respect of those peculiar patterns and colours on its back.
Radomir, the expert in this field, would be happy with your dedication.
TFS and all the best.

Hello Haraprasan,

Excellent picture of this cicindella. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Very good lighting and colours. The frontal view in the WS is impressive too.

Delicada toma Haraprasan, con una buena dosis de realismo y unos colores muy naturales.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Great lookin' bug HP,
Nice detail and good exposure..
Luv those topside markings, and those eyes R cool :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-30 0:30]

Hello HP, Superb shot and fine clarity. Sharp details and good composition. Ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-30 7:18]

Hello Haraprasan,
This is an excellent macro of this tiger beetle, Calomera angulata. The POV and pose are great and the sharpness extraordinary.
As Tiger beetles are normally very active in the sunshine it was a good idea to take a shot in poor light using flash, which you did very well.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-30 7:26]

Hello Haraprasan,
This is a splendid side view of this Beetle showing very sharp details. Its pattern and colours are beautiful and it is very hairy!
Well done!
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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