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Copyright: Sochirca Dan (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus Camedia C-765 UZ, 38-380mm built-in, Kenko Skylight1B+Raynox DCR250
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-05 5:30
Viewed: 4496
Points: 14
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1) The main distinguishing characteristic of the Coleoptera (sheath-winged) is the hardened forewings (elytra) six legs and antennae. In some cases the forewings are reduced ,

2) "Sheath" refers to the elytra which forms a protective covering over the membranous hindwings and the relatively soft dorsal abdominal wall.

3) All beetles have complete metamorphoses, i.e. egg-larva (several instars)-pupa- adult. It is that feature, complete metamorphosis, in combination with the elytra which characterizes insects of the order Coleoptera.

4) In addition to providing food for amphibians, reptiles, fishes, birds and mammals, a role which they share with most other insects, beetles play other important roles in the environment. Many, cantharids, scarabs, byturids, and others, are pollinators). Dung beetles (scarabs, geotrupids, and others) feed on and reproduce in the dung of herbivores, thereby removing millions of tons of dung that would accumulate and destroy valuable pastureland and natural areas. Burying beetles (silphids) inter animal carcasses which are then used as food by the adults and their growing offspring thereby ridding the landscape of carcasses that would otherwise contaminate and foul the environment. Various nest-dwellers (including histerids, trogids, staphylinids) and fur ectoparasites (such as leiodids, leptinines) rid their bird and mammal hosts of parasitic insects, such as fleas, bed bugs, and lice. Some beetles are effective as biocontrol agents which predate plant-feeding insects. Among these are ladybug beetles (coccinellids) which feed on aphids and scale insects. The Vedalia ladybug beetle in California reduced the scourge of the cottony cushion scale (Icerya purchasi). Carabid beetles, such as the "caterpillar-hunters" (Calosoma, Carabus spp.) are often helpful in reducing populations of harmful caterpillars, such as gypsy moth and budworm caterpillars. Firefly larvae (glowworms) eat slugs and snails which damage such crops as tomatoes and lettuce.

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A razor sharp image, great detail and colours.
I am not keen on the central composition and find the blurred flower quite distracting.
I really like the pollen on the beetles head.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Sochirca,
wonderful Marcro, with great details of the bug. Exellent work. Well done.

Nice macro Sochirca, Great details, colors, sharpness and exposure..Not the standard composition but this is a subjective observation. Excellent notes - Well done!

Hi Sochirca, a lovely image, plenty of detail and excellent exposure, can't have been easy with all that white and shiny wings. Very nicely done :)

A beautiful close-up shot with good sharpness.
The colours and the light are perfect.
It's shimmering gold and I like the pollen on it. Thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-05 17:48]

Hello Sochirca, nice shot. I think this is a click beetle of some kind - family Elateridae. The details are good and the composition is nice. I would think about cropping a little from behind and below the beetle - that would give it a little more impact and stop the eye going to the flowers.

Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-31 8:37]

Hi ! I do not have the time to write a complete comment.

"Let thine occupations be few, saith the sage, if thou wouldst lead a tranquil life."
~ Marcus Aurelius (121-180)

Thank you for sharing picture and note and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

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