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Blister Beetle

Blister 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: 2017-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-08-05 4:32
Viewed: 1079
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There has been some rain here in Jammu in the past one week. Assuming I might see some insects out after the rains, I went around into the wilder areas of my school campus today morning and was pleasantly surprised to see a whole lot of them. Spent 2 hours on the mission, sweating profusely but happy with more than 150 pictures in the bag. This Blister Beetle is a pest for our kitchen garden where we grow vegetables and herbs as part of our hands-on work in life sciences.

Blister beetles are beetles of the family Meloidae, so called for their defensive secretion of a blistering agent, cantharidin. About 7,500 species are known worldwide. Many are conspicuous and some are aposematically colored, announcing their toxicity to would-be predators.


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hello Ram
une très belle prise de ce coléoptère rouge-noir,
bonne gestion de la profondeur et de l'arrière plan.

Ciao Ram, great macro of lovely beetle, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done , my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Sir,

It's incredible that you have such passion for nature & photography even after being so much involved in the day to day activity of your school. Your morning mission have paid such lovely dividends. Waiting for some fabulous images. You have captured the beetle with superb details, splendid sharpness & natural colors.

Thanks for sharing.
Warm Regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-08-05 17:05]

Hi Ram,very sharp capture of this red and black big beetle,a curious position and location and fantastic details to show us very well the pollen on its head,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-08-05 20:00]

Hello Ram,
What a colorful Blister Beetle you have presented to us. I photographed some in my garden a few years ago, but they were not nearly as pretty as this particular species.
Outstanding detail and excellent exposure on the beetle. I like the blurred BG which keeps our focus on the subject. I see it is quite the pollinator as well. Your school campus has proven to be a real treasure region for some wonderful and interesting critters.

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