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Red Beetle

Red Beetle
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-21 3:46
Viewed: 21704
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, I shot this red coloured Beetle during my vacation in India in the summer of 2006. It was taken hand-held at close range because the fellow had fallen into the white wash basin in my house at my native place and was finding it difficult to come out. It must have got attracted to the light bulb above the basin the previous night. Anyway, it was a handy opportunity to practice my macro skills with my small compact Sony P200 camera because I did not have a DSLR then.
Though I could not find its exact ID, it belongs to the family of Scarabaeidae. So my note below is on this family in general:

The family Scarabaeidae as presently defined consists of over 30,000 species of beetles worldwide. The species in this large family are often called scarabs or scarab beetles. The classification of this family is fairly unstable, with numerous competing theories, and new proposals appearing quite often. It is probable that many of the subfamilies listed here will no longer be recognized very much longer, as they will likely be reduced in status below subfamily rank, or elevated to family status (the latter is most likely, e.g., with the family "Melolonthidae" already appearing in some recent classifications). Other families have been removed recently, and are nearly universally accepted (e.g., Pleocomidae, Glaresidae, Glaphyridae, Ochodaeidae, Geotrupidae, Bolboceratidae.

Scarabs are stout-bodied beetles, many with bright metallic colors, measuring between 5-60 mm. They have distinctive, clubbed antennae composed of plates called lamellae that can be compressed into a ball or fanned out like leaves to sense odors. The front legs are broad and adapted for digging.
The C-shaped larvae, called grubs, are pale yellow or white. Most adult beetles are nocturnal, although the flower chafers (Cetoniinae) and many leaf chafers (Rutelinae) are active during the day. The grubs mostly live underground or under debris, so are not exposed to sunlight. Many scarabs are scavengers that recycle dung, carrion, or decaying plant material. Others, such as the Japanese beetle are devastating agricultural pests.
In ancient Egypt, scarabs were revered as sacred. Some of the well-known beetles from the Scarabaeidae are Japanese beetles, dung beetles, June beetles, rose chafers (European and North American), rhinoceros beetles, Hercules beetles and Goliath beetles.
Several members of this family have shells which act as left-handed circular polarisers; this was the first-discovered example of circular polarization in nature.


Unfortunately, I lost the exif data on this picture and have been able to recall only the month in which I shot this picture.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-03-21 3:50]

Hello Ram
You capture this beetle with great details. Well done.

Ciao Ram, splendid red beetle with fantastic details, very well done, have a good week end, buona Primavera da Spoleto, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram,
A fine capture of this big red Scarab.
Good exposure and excellent detail,all nice and sharp with good DOF and colour.
Great work!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-21 5:09]

Hello Ram,
Great capture, Excellent detail, colours, sharpness and composition. Good BG and great POV. Thanks for posting, Have a good weekend.
Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-21 7:44]

Hi Ram,
Excellent capture.Exposure is spot on.I liked sharpness,details,white BG and lighting a lot.Very well done.Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting.

HI Ram,
it's a beautiful and interesting beetle.
I never saw such a big one in this colour.
Very good contrast with the white BG, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful red beetle. Very good sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


hello Ram
beautiful sharpness
great details with nice colours
super macro
greeting lou

i have a side for you than you can looking inside birdsnest with a webcam


i hope you like that

Hello Ram,
Great focus on the beetle showing very nice details of the insect
But I my opinion would have been better on a creamy BG

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  • gorky (22)
  • [2009-03-25 5:34]

Nice pic as always. I have a question, did you use flash here?

Wonderful clarity. Superb colors.


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