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Sexton Beetle

Sexton 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: 2009-05-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-04 10:44
Viewed: 2839
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nicrophorus vespillo
Family: Silphidae

This beetle is about 3cm long and can be seen from April to October. Like other Silphidae, known as Sexton beetles or burying beetles, it feeds on decaying animals. They get their name from the practice of digging a hole beneath a dead animal and then pulling the body down into the hole. Sexton beetles usually work in pairs, and afterwards the female will lay her eggs next to the corpse for her young to feed on when they hatch.
Its wing casings are brightly marked with two wavy orange bands, and also the antennae have bright orange bobbles on the ends. (UK Safari)

About the shot: The DOF is not very good and the sharpness not perfect, but I met this species for the first time and I found it interesting. Did you notice the two parasites on it?

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  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-04 12:28]

Hello Catherine
Nice composition and great details.

hello Catherine
this is a other great picture
i like the picture's from you very much
super details and sharpness very good beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi MF Catherine -Queen of the insects and orchids:>-,
Splendid capture of this pretty beetle from nice POV with fine composition. i liked its shape of antennas so much:)
TFS and cheers,

hello Catherine
I like as you composed this beautiful scene,pose colour and background in big level,excellent macro photo
TFS and thanks for sharing

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-06-04 23:00]

Bit humorous image, what this beetle trying to do here, good capture. tfs.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-06-04 23:36]

Hi Catherine,
Outstanding macro image of this beetle doing some acrobatics. Very neat and sharp image with lovely colours and details. I like that red puffs at the tip of its antennas. Excellent POV, DOF and composition. Kudos.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-06-05 4:27]

Slav Catherîna,
Very good capture with excellent sharpness and nice colours.

Hi Catherine

Great capture, I like the POV and pose of teh beetle, DOF is fine here in my opinion.


Bonsoir Catherine.

Félicitations pour cette prise de vue, pour le moins originale, de ce coléoptère dans une position acrobatique. Splendide netteté de la tête et des antennes, toutes déployées et occupées à capter les odeurs.


A bientôt.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-05 12:58]

Hi Catherine. This a first class macro of the Beetle. The detail is spot on. With sharp focusing. .Your use of the light has given rich colours. I like the pose on the single stem of grass. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-05 14:03]

Salut Catherine,un point de vue qui est le sommet de la difficulte' photographique.Je pens a toi en genou,avec le vent qui souflle...le resultat est vraiment extraordinaire,une nettete' fantastique aussi avec une difficile lumiere! Qui connait la photographie comprend ce travail..il est magnifique! Bon fin de semaine,LUCIANO

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-06-06 8:29]

Hi Catherine,
It's a nice depth of field, and shades of green ...
Color and details, the macro values.
Have a nice weekend,

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