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Rose chafers

Rose chafers
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-06 10:07
Viewed: 1661
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rose chafers are capable of very fast flight; they do it with their wing cases down thus resembling a bumble bee. They feed on flowers, nectar and pollen, in particular roses (from where they get their name); which is where they can be found on warm sunny days, between May and June/July, occasionally to September.
The cetonia aurata pulls the feets inside of the legs and push them out if it is needed.
The larvae are C–shaped, have a very firm wrinkled hairy body, a very small head and tiny legs; they move on their backs, which is a very quick way to identify them. Larvae overwinter wherever they have been feeding, that is in compost, manure, leafmould or rotting wood, and they pupate in June/July. Some adult beetles might emerge in the autumn, but the main emergence is in the spring when they mate. Following mating, the females lay their eggs in decaying organic matter, and then die. Larvae grow very fast, and before the end of autumn they would all have moulted twice. They have a two year life cycle.
Rose chafers are found over southern and central Europe and the southern part of the UK where they seem to be sometimes very localized. They are a very beneficial saprophagous species (detritivore), their larvae are the insect equivalent of earth worms and help make very good compost where they are often found in great numbers.(Wikipedia)

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Ciao Siggi, great macro of lovely beetle, fantastic details, wonderful metallic colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-06 10:22]

Hi Siggi,great capture as usual from a very nice point of view,i like the total details and sharpness and the perfect metallic colors too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Almost as a sharkskin colour...similar to a semi rainbow, they are among earths most fascinating insects... those which appear in this way. Your notes are superior....very nice sir.. a tip of my hat to you for all of your work not only here but in the past..

Ciao Siegfried.
Molto bello questo scarabeo con una sorprendente nitidezza sia del soggetto che del fiore,eccellenti i colori naturali ,stupenda la composizione bravo.
Ciao Marco.

Bom dia Siggi,
Very good macro shot, pretty, good sharpness an details, nice colors and contrast. Very good POV an the indeed.

Hello Siggi,
Great macro of lovely beetle on a beautiful flower,fine details,excellent sharpness,splendid light and wonderful metalic colors.

Witaj Siggi,
I thought once, that Cetonia aurata has cracked armour. But this his beauty. Beautiful frame. Good sharpness and natural colours. Very nicely blurred background.
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Cześć Siggi,
piękny chrząszcz. Zieleń z metalicznym połyskiem dodaje mu dużo uroku. Podobne okazy (nie wiem czy to ten sam gatunek) widuje w moim ogródku na mięcie.
Pozdrowienia - Sławek

hallo Siegfried
super good composition with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2012-06-06 20:48]

Hi Siggi,

Perfect macro profile of this green beetle. The pink flower hue is a very nice buffer for the greens of the subject & bokeh. Perfect pov & sharp, sharp focus. Well seen, well taken!



Hello Siggi,

An excellent macro with fine colors, sharpness & intricate details. Very nicely composed & presented. TFS & best wishes!



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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-06-06 22:15]

Hello Siggi,
Very fine sharp details and colors on this photo of this Rose chafers, TFS!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-06-07 7:01]

Fine viewpoint for this capture of chafer on this lovely flower, good capture. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-07 7:32]

Hello Siggi,
Fantastic sharp detailed macro in very beautiful bright metallic colours. Taken from a very good POV. Beautiful blurred background too.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-06-07 11:08]

Hello Siggi,
A very fine capture of Cetona aurata. The lateral POV is great and taken with excellent sharpness and natural colours in a great composition on the flower.
It is not often easy to get the head in the picture as well because it usually buried in a flower.
Thanks and best regards,

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