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Tiger beetle once more

Tiger beetle once more
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Copyright: Emmanuel Boitier (emmari) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm f/2.8 D
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of Europe, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-07 3:43
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Points: 10
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Cicindela hybrida
Cicindèle hybride in French
Taken in the same place than the other species I post yesterday (see it here).
It takes more than 30 minutes to be able to do a good shot of it. It's really difficult to approach such a quick predator!

Tiger beetles come in many colors. Some are plain black, but others are stunningly decorated in metallic green, brown, maroon, or purple, often with stripes or spots.
Tiger beetles live in very specific types of habitats such like sand dunes near seashores, rivers and lakes, but also on sand dunes, sand pits and sand blowouts far away from water. Other species are found in various upland sites, like hilly sides, rocky areas near roads, trails and forest openings.
In many sites we can find more species living together, but there is no competition among them, because of the different microhabitats in which they live, also many species are separated seasonally and have different times of emergence and so adults live in different periods of the year.
Hope you like it.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-04-07 5:16]

Beautiful macro of the tiger beetle. DOV is great and the sharpness is so well that you can count the hairs. When you see this insect in closeup (even with many others) than you can remark the beatiful colors they have. Thanks.
Gr. Hans

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-07 5:29]

Fantastic as usual on your photos Emmanuel!
Perfect DOF, colors, sharpness and details!
Above scale photo!
5* and TFS!

Splendid shot this time, Emmanuel. The fine details of colour on its back and other limbs are well captured. Superb depth of focus too.

Hi Emmanuel,
another perfect capture, very well showing the streamlined shape of that very fast predator beetle.
Very interesting brief notes, too.
Fascinating to read that different species are sharing habitats without competition, and nevertheless mixing to create hybrid offspring.
Thank you! Best regards,

Great shot, and technically difficult to take. This species is very rare in the UK, and this is the best shot I've seen of the species. Interesting species - huge eyes, huge jaws!
Thanks, Nigel.

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