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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, Raynox DCR-250, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-27 8:54
Viewed: 7383
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today another picture of a beetle, but this time not so black as last time ;>

This is a male of European Rhinoceros Beetle (Oryctes nasicornis kuntzeni Minck, 1914) (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) (in Polish: rohatyniec nosorozec), one of only two species of this genus known from Europe. Females do not have horns on their heads, and are usually bigger.

Beetles from Dynastinae subfamily are known as the strongest animals on the planet, of course proportionally to the body size. They can lift up to 850 times their own weight!!! Just to compare with human - an adult man should lift "only"... 65 tons!!! :>

And here are some facts about hero from this picture:

Distribution: Europe, N Africa, Near East

Diversity: species divided in Europe into following subspecies:
- chersonensis Minck, 1915
- corniculatus Villa & Villa, 1833
- grypus (Illiger, 1803)
- holdhausi Minck, 1914
- kuntzeni Minck, 1914
- latipennis Motschulsky, 1845
- mariei Bourgin, 1949
- nasicornis (Linnaeus, 1758)
- ondrejanus Minck, 1918
- polonicus Minck, 1918
- punctipennis Motschulsky, 1860

Habitat: forests and woodland areas where decaying trunks are present (place where larvae are living); lowland to mountain

Size: 25-39 mm

Activity of adults: June-August

I hope you will like this small, insect "triceratops" ;>

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Czesc Radziu
Ladny ten silacz ;-) Dobra, ostra fotka w takim naturalnym dla tego gatunku balaganie ;-)Podoba mi sie ze ujecie jest z boku i ladnie widac dlaczego tak sie ten stwor nazywa

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-09-27 9:03]

Hello Radomir,
you show this massive 'dinosaurus' with great depth of field and by a detail-rich picture.
Clearly not easy, to present the dark and reflecting structures in this way.
Best wishes, Peter

Very much spot on sharp and lighting...gives one a clear picture of all details of the insect, whilst not too close in which might end up distracting in this case. the evirons add to the show!

A Triceratops indeed! This finely captured beetle really resembles the dinosaur "Triceratops" of the olden times Radomir, Your POV, exposure and the focusing were perfect my friend, the resulting composition is a pleasure to observe, TFS this beautiful image.
Cheers from Izmir,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-27 9:20]

Hallo Radomir,
Piekny okaz z bardzo dobra ostroscia tak ,ze wszystkie detale so doskonale widoczne,Bardzo naturalna kolorystyka i naturalne srodowisko.Swieci sie jak bys go przed zrobieniem zdjecia wypucowal(zartuje)
Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-27 9:22]

Czesc Radek!

Jeden z obiektow z mojej listy marzen :-) Piekny przedstawiciel chrzaszczy. Bardzo ladne zblizenie, ostre i wyrazne. Jedyny problem to zbyt mocne odblyski od lampy. No, ale tak to juz jest z chityna ;-)

Hi Radek, yes:) thought it resembles the prehistoric Triceratops dinosours I am sure that it is a true insect:p. Indeed it is also resembles actual Rhinoceros unicornis:) thus it may be your title "A Rhinoceros in the insect world" :>>>. Anyway, another masterpiece job from you my friend! Great clarity and superb sharpnes.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-27 11:05]

Hi Radomir . This is an amazing close up of the Beetle . You have taken it with a good low POV. sharp focusing and fine detail. Rich colours. with interestig notes .wel ldone TFS.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-09-27 11:24]

Hola Radomir, buen macro, buena definición y excelente detalle. Un saludo

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-27 11:52]

Hello Radomir,

Excellent presentation of this impressive beetle. Great POV, DOF and sharpness. Very good use of the flash. The colours are very good too.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-27 22:07]

Hello Radomir,

You have made a very fine close-up of the insect You have chosen a well adapted DOF keeping the whole insect in focus. Due to the sharpness of the image many details of insect's body can be clearly seen. The light has been very well managed rendering fine and natural looking colors.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-28 1:38]

Hello Radomir,
A photo in a great dark atmosphere. Very beautiful clear colours. Excellent sharpness, POV and DOF. Good composition.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-28 4:34]

Hello Radomir, WoW so beautiful and strange looking object. You managed to shoot and put a lovely presentation here. Ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-28 7:49]

Ha-ha, I like the Title Radomir!
Great macro of the Rhinoceros beetle!
The lateral POV, use of flash and sharpness are all perfect to give us a perfect view of this insect leviathan!
TFS this excellent image,
Greetings from a sunny but windy Scania.

Hi Radomir, terrific monster from Jurassic, great macro with fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-28 9:19]

What an incredible subject! Hello Radomir, a perfect macro in every ways! Sharp, great exposure and a beautiful image! Thanks!


Hello Radomir,
It's actually some kind of Rhino.
65 tons...I'll think I'll manage:-). Hey, they are only active in June-August.

This is a masterpiece and an excellent picture, i love the details and the colors here and as usual the notes are very informative.

Hello Radomir.
More a wonderful register... as always!
Impressive details of this "small monster".
Excellent nuance and sharpness.
Congratulations and TFS!
José Roberto

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-30 3:39]

Hello Radomir,
What a superb close-up view of this impressive 'triceratops' showing details very clearly. What an impressive horn and I like the light bringing out the colours and showing the shiny parts very clearly. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Radomir,

Good macro shot from this very beautiful insect.
Great clarity and superb sharpnes.
I like the pov.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-05 5:37]

Hello Radomir,
A very impressive and strong creature! I remember having seen it in my childhood, but it's a long time since..
Excellent capture taken from a good point of view and showing a lot of details. Looks like some archaic creature.
Thanks a lot

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-10-06 12:35]

Hello Radomir,

just a short jump into your phantastic world of unusual insects. Triceratops it is, and expertly photographed, so all the horns show and the personality of the beetle shows!
Have a nice week. Best regards

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-10-14 11:13]

Hi Radomir

These beetles are just amazing to look at. The POV is perfect to show off this mini monster. I love the hard upper body contrasting against the soft body. Sharp and very detailed. Nice DOF allowing him to stand out from the BG



Hi Radomir

Its interesting how similar the design of the front shield is to the tricerotops.
Good composition, sharpness, details and DOF.


Hi Radomir
Your European Rhinoceros Beetle does look a bit prehistoric, especially with it's unique looking horn and body armor. Nice sharp detail and good composition.
TFS Janice

Great shot with great details. This guy looks so beastly and massive. Very nice shot.

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