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Rutpela maculata

Rutpela maculata
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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: 2012-06
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-14 9:52
Viewed: 1859
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rutpela maculata, the Spotted Longhorn, is a beetle species of flower longhorns belonging to the family Cerambycidae, subfamily Lepturinae.

This beetle is widespread in most of Europe, in East Palearctic ecozone and in the Near East.

Larvae are polyphagous in deciduous trees, mainly feeding on Picea abies, Corylus avellana, Fagus sylvatica, Castanea sativa and Ostrya carpinifolia, as well as on Quercus, Carpinus, Salix, Alnus, Populus and Betula species.

The adults grow up to 13–20 millimetres (0.51–0.79 in) and can be encountered from May through August, completing their life cycle in two-three years. Adults only live two-four weeks.

The head and pronotum are dark-brown, while elytra are yellowish, with black dots and stripes, rough imitations of wasps, which probably gives them some protection from birds.

The adults are very common flower-visitors, especially Apiaceae species, feeding on pollen and the nectar.

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hello Siegfried
very good composition with great details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Czesc Siggi,
Ty chyba lubisz te seksualne zdjecia :)
Fajny punkt widzenia. Bardzo dobra glebia, taka jaka chyba powinna byc. Balans bieli bardzo dobry.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-06-14 11:14]

Hello Siggi,
A superb capture of these Longhorns in copula.
The lateral POV is great and taken with excellent sharpness, DOF and natural colours.
The antennae are well seen too.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-14 11:37]

Hello Siggi,
Another great macro in excellent sharpness, details and DOF. Beautiful natural colours and taken from a nice POV.

Ciao Siegfried.
Splendida foto con un’impressionante nitidezza,splendidi i colori naturali ed un’ottima composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hi Siggi,

A very good shot of these longhorns on flower of the cow parsley.
Good details, colour and white balance. I like the low POV and DOF (It seems that this is the only flower around my area with plenty of life on it.)
TFS and many thanks regards Bill

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-14 15:20]

Hi Siggi,these species are in delay this year in my country,a magnificent mating pic whit the best point of view to understand what happen's...ehhee...very great quality of details and colors too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Siggi, great macro of lovely maiting couple, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Siggi,
fine capture of these mating beetles with good sharpness and a well chosen POV. I also like the natural colours.
Best wishes,

Great macro Siggi! Interesting subject, good composition wonderful lighting and impressive sharpness.

Hello Siggi
Very good macro, nice point of view, good focus and exposure.
The beetles on the flowers make a lovely image.
regards yiannis

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-06-14 23:35]

Hello Siggi,
Very good mating actions photo of this interesting Rutpela maculata,great sharp and colorful details, TFS!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-06-15 4:27]

Hi Siggi!
Excellent macro of very interesting insect.
Great focus and superb detais of the subjects.
Very god DOF and nice lighting.
Very well done: congratulations.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Siggi,

An excellent macro with such fine colors, sharpness & details. Very nicely composed & presented. Great work & POV.

TFS & best wishes!



Witaj Siggi,
sympatyczna parka w kwiatowym otoczeniu. Przyroda jest piękna i bogata. To lepiej, że jest piękna i bogata, a nie uboga i brzydka :) Warto prezentować naturę w całej jej urodzie. Udane makro.
Pozdrowienia - Sławek

Hello Siegfried,
Another spectacular composition with excellent focus and very good clarity. Wonderful contrast against the background. It is a lovely species I have never seen in the wild. I like the brilliant colors and natural light.
Thanks for sharing!

wow, this is really nice capture Sioggi, excellent the moment, nice details and good focus, congrtaulations !

ciao, tino

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