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Copyright: patrick neuberg (pat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-20
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-23 16:36
Viewed: 4209
Points: 10
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This weevil beetle is photographed clinging on the top leaf of a stinging nettle.

The weevils (Curculionidae) form a very large and diverse family. There are about 1200 different species in central Europe. Despite this large number of species they can easily be recognized by their protruding trunk like snout (called “snout beetle”) and bulged abdomen. These beetle are phytophagous, meaning vegetarian, and can cause much damage to crop and trees.

This weevil presumably is Phyllobius pomaceus Gyll. (thanks to Claude Schott). Its fine coloured “hair” on its body can be worn off and so the overall appearance may change.
Marvellous colour plates can be seen here on this site by C. Schott.
I have posted a couple of the same species see here.

Photo taken with the 50mm Sigma macro lens, on my D70 Nikon body. The Metz flash 44AF-4iN used in i-TTL mode. The flash was used in combination with a set a home made reflectors and diffusers. The central axis of my tripod used as a sort of small monopod.

Camera settings:
size/quality : large, Jpeg fine ; Sharpness +1 ; iso [email protected] ; white balance : flash

PP done with Photoshop7: slight crop ; level adjustments (burn tool for highlights on elytra), USM + smart-blur filter, clone stamp for some dust correction ; resize for site.

Thanks for looking :-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-23 21:31]

Hello Pat, this is a good macro of the weevil beetle, because they are quite little, aren't they? And they are such strange looking creatures. Good capture and pose, well done,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-24 0:15]

Hi Patrick,
Wow, I like the sharp details and beautiful colors on this insect.
Great macro with a wonderful POV and nice composition. TFS. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-24 1:43]

What a strange and funny insect that you have very well captured ! Good exposure, colors, DOF and pose. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Patrick and thanks for sharing.

Hi Patrick,
Excellent close-up.
Very good details, sharp, colors and POV.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-05-27 16:07]

Hi Patrick,

Excellent close-up.
Perfect details, sharp and colors.
POV, BG and composition are excellent.
Well done!

TFS :-)

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