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Weevil Shot

Weevil Shot
Photo Information
Copyright: Leo Baquerfo (shakerz) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 230] (1127)
Genre: Monera
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/16, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-29 17:56
Viewed: 5777
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A weevil is a beetle from the Curculionoidea superfamily. There are over 60,000 species in several families, mostly in the family Curculionidae (the true weevils).

They are usually small, less than 6 mm ( inch), and herbivorous. Due to the shape of their heads, weevils are commonly known as snout beetles.

Weevils are destructive to crops. The grain or wheat weevil (Sitophilus granarius) damages stored grain. The boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) attacks cotton crops. It lays its eggs inside unripe cotton bolls, and the young weevils eat their way out. The Zyzzyva weevil is a genus of tropical American weevil.

Some other beetles are wrongly called "weevils", like the biscuit weevils (Stegobium paniceum) (Anobiidae) that were previously known for eating the biscuits on board ships. Weevils are most likely to be observed in a domestic setting when opening a bag of flour although they will happily infest most types of grain including oats, barley and breakfast cereals.

It is said that they are capable of curing or relieving cancer, diabetes and aids amongst other diseases, by eating them. This, however, is highly questionable due to the lack of scientific background. In any case, one's perception of improvement may have to do with the placebo effect.

Camera Set-up

20D, T180mm, AV mode (MLU) f16, TV 1/15, Metz54MZ-3 with OB (tilted about 45degrees), ISO400, tripod mounted, PSed and slightly cropped.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-29 18:03]

Hi Leo,

Nice capture, I have often heard about Weevils but I don't think I have ever seen one before. The detail is excellent and stands out really well against the vivid green, good compo too.

Well Done
Regards Hilary

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-07-29 19:15]

Well captured, Leo. Great detail with subtle lighting. Nicely limited DoF with a solid background. Nice diagonal in the compostion, too.

This is a great shot. I love the clean background and the simplicity of the composition.

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-07-30 0:44]

Hi Leo,
Beautifull shot. very good colors and details!
lovely POV and BG!
keep going and TFS!!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-30 1:53]

Wow, Leo. What an interesting beetle.
The focus and exposure are spot on, bringing out sharp details and beautiful colors. The texture of the bug is well captured as well.
TFS. : )

Hi Leo, this is certainly not 'the lesser of two weevils...' amazing colour of shell. Great all round composition, excellent contrast against the blurred background. Love the corner to corner diagonal. Focus and detail 'spot on', sharpness just right. Blah blah, I think you have it 'all' just right, even the fantastic note. what can I write other than well done! We can all learn from this composition. Regards Tim

Fantastic view point, DOF, sharpness and colours, Leo.

Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

Stunning! It's unbelievably sharp at 1/15 seconds. You're lucky there was no wind.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-03 7:27]

What a nice and interesting insect that you have very well captured ! Good composition in diagonal with a soft background. Vivid colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness are excellent. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Leo and thanks for sharing.

Love your macros, this one is fantastic the details and colors are spot on, and the DOF isolates this one perfectly with no blur to the subject. :)

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