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Common but beautiful / Rutpela maculata

Common but beautiful / Rutpela maculata
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Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Longhorn Beetles/ Cerambycidae Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-28 6:35
Viewed: 3748
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
LONGHORN BEETLES / Coleoptera, Cerambycidae

Rutpela maculata (Poda, 1761)

Length. 13-20 mm.

Diagnostic features. Head and pronotum black; elytra yellow with apex black and whit variable black pattern of patches and transverse stripes; front and middle legs predominantly yellow, hind femur often black with base yellow, tibia yellow with apex black, all tarsi black; antennal segments 3 to 11 bicolorous black and yellow.

Distribution. This elegant species, a typical flower visitor, is one from the most common European longhorn beetles. Widely distributed in Europe, Turkey, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, North Iran.

Biology. Polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus, Fagus, Carpinus, Salix, Alnus, Populus, Betula, Corylus etc.) and occasionally in conifers (Pinus, Picea, Abies). Life-cycle 2 or 3 years, with pupation in spring or early summer in the wood. Adults emerge in May-July, on flowers.

Nota in italiano

Un omaggio a questo elegante Cerambicide, una delle specie più comuni ovunque, ma non per questo meno bella!


* Bense U.1995 – Longhorn Beetles. Illustrated Key to the Cerambycidae and Vesperidae of Europe. Margraf Verlag, Weikersheim, Germany.

Silvio2006, mariki, cataclysta, Pentaxfriend, haraprasan, jrobertop, uleko, Alex99, anel, SelenE has marked this note useful
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Comune anche dalle mie parti Marcello, ce l'ho tra i miei scarti estivi, quel che non è comune è la ualità della foto, altra grande macro, perfetta in tutti i dettagli, bravo, ciao Silvio
PS grazie dell'id, sei una sicurazza:)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-28 7:11]

a parte l'insetto abbastanza comune,e' la qualita' della foto che colpisce,i dettagli dell'insetto e del cuore del fiore sono impressionanti...d'altra parte e' tua...un nome una garanzia,ciao Luciano

Hello Marcello,

Wonderful composition. Technically perfect. Beautiful colours.


Hi Marcello
Very good macro work. Great sharpness, very good composition. Nice OOF background Nothing to critique :-)
Best wishes

Hi Marcello,

TFS this beautiful longhorn beetle.
i have never seen this species.
like your compo and love these colors very much.
Perfect sharp details
Excellent shot and a good note too

Best regards Thijs

ottimo focus per questa immagine Marcello
oltre la Ruptela i cui dettagli sono ottimi
mi piace evidenziare anche la bellezza del fiore che fa da coprotagonista.

buona serata sERGIO

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-28 12:13]

Buongiorno Marcello,
... the next perfect picture of your collection! I see, you avoided direct bright sunlight (and polarization filter) so that no disturbing reflections on the beetle's surface occur. Great depth of field embracing also large parts of the flower. Antennae and leg details are well shown.
Best wishes, Peter
P.S. I posted a picture of this species, recently.

Gracias Marcello por tus reconocimientos. Uno no puede despistarse ya que se pierde las maravillas que publicas sin parar jajaja como esta última; sencillamente maravillosa con bonitos tonos y espectaculares formas.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-11-28 15:29]

Parabéns é uma foto muito encantadora de qualidade exelente.

Hi Marcello,
A beautiful capture of this long horn beetle. Lovely details and excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Marcello,
Splendid macro of this beautiful insect!
Very good coloration and texture.
A perfect composition!
Well done!
Thanks for sharing!
My best regards!
José Roberto

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-29 4:36]

Hello Marcello,
Indeed, it is very beautiful and your capture is brilliant! I like the pose of this beetle on the daisy and it is all in focus showing fantastic details and beautiful colours. Very fine composition too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-30 0:24]

Hi Marcello.
I am sure your close-up picture is simply outstanding. I am amazed with subject, brilliant composition and great DOF. You managed to place all flower and insect in focus. Details of the beetle and flower are high end as well as the reproduction of the white petal. Excellent refined work. My compliments and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-30 3:57]

Bonjour Marcello,
Très belle image nous montrant ce beau coléoptère que je vois aussi dans nos régions. Image vigoureuse et colorée. Excellent close-up.
Bonne journée

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-13 14:52]

Ciao Marcello,
Focus, sharpness, POV, details and composition are very nice. You have exposed the whites very well.

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