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Colourful ground beetle

Colourful ground beetle
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Copyright: Dmitry Gavryushin (Osmeterium) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 158] (517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5-5.6 D (reversed)
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ground beetles (Carabidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-17 17:08
Viewed: 4184
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Odacantha melanura (Carabidae, Harpalinae, Odacanthini). Size 7mm.

I think it's the most exotic-looking ground beetle in our region. It is associated with humid habitats and aquatic vegetation, especially reeds (Phragmites australis). Some 20 years ago I used to find lots of these in our town park. Now, while so-called civilisation keeps spreading, this nice beetle is becoming more and more scarce.

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  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-17 17:11]

Hi Dmitry,This is a very good macro of the beetle. very clear details and good colour.



Hi Dmitry,
fascinating high quality macro of this unusually colourful and slender Carabus, cannot remember to have seen anything like that one before.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hola Dmitry,
Excelente toma de gran definición, con luz y detalles muy buenos. Saludos

Hello Dmitry!
What a interesting picture! Odacantha melanura (sometimes known also as Colliuris melanura) is also rare in Poland (VU category in the Polish Red Data List). I swa this species only one time in nature in my life, even if in some region it is more common than in C Poland :)
Bravo for another interesting presentation!
Best greetings,

PS. Nice that you added beetle size in note ;>

Hi Dmitry,
Nice shot on this ground beetle. Well focused with details and texture clearly shown. Great color contrast. Very well done and tfs.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-03-20 16:09]

Dear Dmitry,

you did an excellent job here. This beetle was really worth the effort, I have never seen anything like it. All the details, the good lighting, no background interference. Congratulations!
Greetings to you,

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