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Malachite beetle

Malachite beetle
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-05-21 12:43
Viewed: 3271
Points: 22
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My new macro lens has opened for me the world of insects, including beetles. Fascinating. I will come back to the flowers, of course. But allow me to present another nice beetle, taken this afternoon.

The Common malachite beetle or Malachite beetle (Malachius bipustulatus) belongs to the Melyridae family.
It is a relatively soft-bodied beetle, with metallic green with a bright scarlet spot at the end of each wing-case. The male has a complicated series of flanges and cups on its antennae which it uses to transfer sex-pheromones to the female prior to mating. When alarmed, both sexes exude soft, bright red pouches from the sides of the body which give off a smell that deters predators.
Adults may be found on a variety of open-structured flowers in gardens, especially those of the daisy, carrot and rose family. Here they feed on pollen and nectar, as well as on other insects visiting the flowers. The larvae eat small invertebrates, particularly other insect larvae such as caterpillars and maggots, finding them under bark, on grass roots and in litter. (Natural England)
Mon récent objectif macro m'a ouvert au monde des insectes, y compris celui des coléoptères. Bien sûr je reviendrai aux fleurs. Mais permettez-moi de vous présenter encore un joli coléoptère, pris cet après-midi.

La malachie à deux points (Malachius bipustulatus) est un coléoptère de la famille des Melyridae.
Le corps a une longueur de 5,5 à 6 mm, présente des tonalités métalliques brillantes vert-bleuté bronzé avec un point rouge au bout de chaque élytres, origine du nom. Les élytres sont plus courtes que l'abdomen, et laissent apparaître les deux derniers segments. L'abdomen présente des taches rouges que Malachie présente pour "effrayer" les importuns. (Source)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-21 12:49]

Hi Catherine. You are getting into this macro thing with your new lens, anda good job tooyou are making of it. The detail and colours in the close id first class. I like the grass going from corner to corner. and a good DOF. well done TFS.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-21 13:51]

salut Catherine,
fine macro à la belle luminosité et brillance qui lui donne un rendu singulier. J'aime la composition soignée, le BG uni et coloré.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-21 14:34]

Hola amiga,
bella macro y buen pov,
detalles y excelente compo...

Bellissima macro,ottimi POV e la composizione dalle linee essenziali e soffusa di verde, ottima nitidezza, bellissimi i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Catherine , great macro shot , composition and detail are fantastic , one very very small point though , maybe framing with a green would serve to main tain the beetles color dominance.

I did a little workshop hope it is to your liking.


Coucou Cath,
ce Coléoptère est superbe et très bien photographié,
ces couleurs métalliques sont splendides,
excellent focus et très bonne compo,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-22 2:17]

Bonjour Catherine,
Je vois que j'ai raté quelques unes de tes images, toutes intéressantes. Avec un bon appareil, on a aussi la satisfaction d'avoir une image plus nette et soignée. Encore faut-il encore avoir l'oeil. Ce que tu as vraiment. très beau coléoptère que tu nous présentes ici. Et il n'est pas vraiment grand! Je l'ai aussi déjà photographié, mais pas si bien.
Belle composition verticale aussi.
Merci et bonne journée

hi Catherine!
nice lightning in this very
fine macro,real sharp and a
good composition!
well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-26 4:06]

Salut Catherine,mes compliments pour l'exceptionelle qualite',pas facile a photographer si bien ces petitis insects pleins de reflections,mes compliments et bonne semaine,Luciano

Hello Catherine,
a precisely detailed, well composed lively image. I love the uniformly green distant background, and the powerful reduction on a few elements. Thank you!
With best regards,

Encore une très belle composition ! Cet objectif donne de bons résultats en pleine lumière. Son seul reproche, à mon avis, est la distance de mise au point... Mais je suis vraiment séduit par tes photos !

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