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satin killer

satin killer
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, @ ISO 400, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-22 18:00
Viewed: 3952
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear TNers,
Today I want to show you another shot I took during the night light attracting session I made during teaching field course in Spala, a big forest complex not far from my city. The insect I want to show you is not the typical species that may be attracted to light., it is a beetle of day activity but apparently it was waken up by our lamp.

Cantharis sp. - Soldier beetle
Family: Cantharidae - Soldier (or Sailor) beetles

First of all I have to say that I cannot really understand why this species is called a "soldier beetle". In "Collins Pocket Guide to Insects of Britain & Western Europe" they say that the colour set of the beetle reminds of a soldier uniform. Well... it doesn't remind one to me... but I'll be glad to hear your opinions.

Anyway, the beetles are very characteristic for their soft body and elytrae, having even some satin touch. Despite their peaceful look and harmlesly looking life-style (hanging around flowers), they are predators and hunt for other insect that visit the flowers.

Larvae are also predatory, of campodeal type superficially similar to those of ground beetles but having a velvet like body. They may often be seen early in the spring walking on the ground surface (sometimes even on snow).

In Poland there are 23 species of the genus Cantharis, mostly similar to each other so I'm not able to tell the exact species now.

Proframe, cicindela, JoseMiguel, dew77, Kaszek, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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Hello Michal.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Very nice razor sharp macro image Michal.
Wonderful details and the direct harsh lighting wich left the shadow on the leaf are lovely.
Good composition and DOF.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend, Harry

Hi Michal!
As I see you came back for longer time ;) And it is good :)
I like the composition (a little similar like yesterday ;>), colours and DOF. Note is also interesting for me.
I agree with you - the name "soldier beetles" is not a good one. Especially if me remember Polish name of these beetles "omomilkowate", what can be translated like "lovely beetles" thanks to the black shape of heart easy visible on beetle's pronotum.
TFS and best greetings!

Hi Michal,
A very good capture of this insect!
I like so much the effect got by the ambience light, the result is so interesting to look at.
It's very good the composition made, and the clear details got on the insect.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-23 11:29]

Hello Michal,
Beautiful close up.DOF,sharpness and framing are exclelent.Have a great weekend!

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2007-06-25 16:16]

Czesc Michal,
Uwielbiam fotki z wyraznie oddzielonym tlem. Tutaj juz lepiej nie mozna :)
Swietne detale owada i lisci rowniez. Ciekawa notka.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-15 0:51]

Hi Michal.
You beetle picture is simply outstanding by composition, pictured scene and quality of the shot. Lighting is really great as well as the level of detail reproduction, rich colours and perfect DOF. Bravo and TFS.

bonjour michal
l'insecte est parfaitement net et il a suffisament beneficié du flash mais je vois sur le bas de l'image que l'objectif a du faire de l'ombre,moi j'avais fabriqué un diffuseur en m'inspirant de ceci une bague et un plaque de polycarbonate.

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