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cardinal beetle

cardinal beetle
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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: 2013-06-05
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-06 10:22
Viewed: 1579
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis) is a red to orange beetle with a red head. It is approximately 20 mm long. The Black-headed Cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa coccinea) is larger and a deeper blood red.
The cardinal beetle preys on other insects and is normally found on flowers at the edges of woodland
The cardinal beetle is a strong flier. The cardinal beetle is bright red; in that way it warns predators that it is toxic.
People often mistake the smaller Scarlet lily beetle, Lilioceris lilii, for a cardinal beetle.
Pyrochroa serraticornis, which is very similar to P. coccinea except it has a red head instead of a black one, is also referred to as a Cardinal beetle

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Hello Siegfried,
Just amazing.....What a splendid image with exceptional details and outstanding sharpness. The light and exposure are great. It is a lovely catch with very good light and excellent contrast against the background. Incredible sharp details and perfect focus.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-06-06 10:29]

Hi Siegfried.
What an amazing insect and wonderful picture. Simply brilliant DOF and sharpness/details of the beetle. I have never seen this species. Pose of the insect on a leaf and direction of the glance are also amazing. Bravo. Well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-06 10:33]

Hello Siggi,
Fantastic macro in excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Good DOF and an attractive composition.

Hallo Siggi
Very impressive macro of this bright beetle. Great sharpness and good colours against a nice background. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Siegfried
A superb photo, the green background perfectly complements the red beetle. Excellent focus and detail, good composition.
regards yiannis

Czesc Siggi,
ciekawy zuk. Bardzo dobra ostrosc i glebia. Swietne kolory.

Ciao Siggi, great macro of fantastic beetle, fine details, splendid shharpness and wonderful colors, 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)
  • [2013-06-06 14:59]

Hi Siggi,only a bit undersaturated but a very great macro,the details are really beautiful everywhere,great pov and contrast between green and red.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Siegfried,
甲蟲很漂亮 顏色美麗 照的很清晰 謝謝分享

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-06-06 18:15]

Excellent portrait of this cardinal beetle...good composition and contrast of colors. tfs.

Another interesting subject Siggi! Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness!

Hello Siggi,
Fantastic macro in excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours.

beautiful macro of beetle. really nice lighting and angle. a very difficult subject to photograph.tfs.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-06-07 1:15]

superb comp, colour palette and sharpness, Siegfried, .. great work mate

regards, nuri

Ciao Siegfried. Lovely compo good details. Maybe bit tender colours.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-06-08 20:03]

Hello Siggi,
With bright red colors such as this I suppose there is no doubt about how it got it's name. You have photographed it perfectly in this attractive macro image. Outstanding DOF and just the right exposure. TFS.

I missed out this superb picture earlier, Siegfried.
A very well controlled top perspective that shows all the features of this Beetle extremely clearly.
The diagonal composition makes it a very appealing presentation.
Thanks and regards.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-06-20 1:02]

Hi Siegfried,
Another excellent macro shot. Good composition,amazing
natural colors and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Siggi,
Fantastic macro shot with pin sharp subject, optimal DoF and proper exposure. The details and the color contrast are fantastic, not to mention the pleasant compossition - brilliant image! Bravo!
Best regards, László

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