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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: 2007-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.6
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world, Insects' World, Insects (Insecta), Ground beetles (Carabidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-20 13:47
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Unfortunatelly there is still not too much time for TN and for presenting new pictures, but this evening is a little more "free", so please look at this little black creature :)

This is a ground beetle Broscus cephalotes (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Broscinae: Broscini: Broscina) - the only species of this genus known from Poland, and one of 10 occurring in Europe.

In Poland it is rather non-common ground beetle species, and recently it was included in the Polish Red List in DD category ("data deficient"). It inhabits sandy areas where during a day period it is not active and can be found e.g. under the stones. It is one of only several Central European Carabidae species which can built cannals in the sandy ground (other are members of Broscinae, and also genera: Clivina, Dyschirius, many Trechinae). And building cannals under the ground surface is the reason why it is not often visible even in areas where it is not rare.

This is rather large species as for Polish species of ground beetles, its size is some 15-25 mm (females are bigger).

As most species from this family, also Broscus cephalotes is a predator hunting for every small invertebrate creatures it can catch.

This picture was taken during rather cloudy day in the Spala Landscape Park, C Poland.

Any constructive comment and crituque is welcomed! :>

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-20 13:51]

thanks for share this fantastic work. Seeing the quality of your pic ,i hope you will be there every day..eheheh...have a good night,Luciano

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-20 13:59]

Hi. Just got home so a quick note for now to say great shot. well done TFS.

Ciao radomir,
complimenti per la bellissima immagine, così nitida che permette di apprezzare ogni minimo dettaglio nella scultura di capo, pronoto ed elitre.
Qui in Sicilia vive un'altra specie molto simile (Broscus politus), presente anche in Nordafrica.
Auguri di Buon Natale,

Dang that is sharp. Either that or it is my new monitor...at any rate whichever..it looks very good. Thanks for your continued sharing.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-20 15:29]

Hello Radomir,
Beautiful capture and great presentation of this species!
Nice details and very good DOF
Regards, Dejan

G’day Radomir Beautiful image. Excellent exposure and DOF. Well done!
TFS Paul

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-20 17:42]

Hi Radomir. Exelent Macro. Very sharp and great datails. I like the black colors of this bug. The flash works very well. TFS

Hello Radomir,
Great shot on this ground beetle. Perfect focus and exposure. The body texture and detail are clearly seen. Very well done and tfs.

Your macro photography at its best, Radomir.
Fantastic capture. The shining insect looks life-like by virtue of truly natural colours and extremely sharp focus on the subject.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-20 23:01]

Hi Radomir.
Once more great shot of nice insect. I am impressed with skin reproduction and brilliant details of entire image. Clearness and transparency of the shot are amazing. My best wishes for these days and TFS.

Hi Radomir,
another WONDER picture of yours! How you mastered the light for an all-black color beetle is a mystery to me. This is a sophisticated use of a flash in combination with daylight. I make the picture a favorite (another one of yours). I'm also intrigued as a biologist: I never saw this beetle and I did'nt know about the lifestyle in the sand, so interesting. Thanks for all.
My best regards to you, Radomir,

Hello Radomir,
What an amazing shot of this ground beetle you present here!!
Very sharp details and sharpness here, with fine DOF and POV.
Also, I can see the very excellent flash work.
Well presented with your informative note as usual. :-)
TFS and best wishes,

Hi Radomir,
A crisp and clear capture of this beetle. Excellent details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Radomir,

Just marking,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-21 4:22]

Hello Radmoir,
excellent shot of this beetle.
Superb exposure and lighting.
Great POV as well.
Sharp with lots of detail.
Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-21 4:57]

Hello Radomir,
Another most impressive capture of a beetle from you!! Very fine details of this rare ground-living beetle and fine colours. I like the POV and the composition is excellent. Interesting note too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-21 7:07]

Hello Radomir,
Nice to see this macro of a species of Ground Beetle, Brosus cephalotes. Though it is locally common in some parts of S. Sweden, I have never seen it in the wild. So it is nice to see this fine sharp capture with excellent use of flash without causing sharp reflections.
Well done, thanks and best wishes, Ivan

Hola Radomir.
Excepcional macro con magnífica nitidez y geniales detalles.
Perfecta la iluminación.
Saludos y deseo que pases una muy feliz Navidad.
Juan Luis.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-21 12:22]

Hello Radomir,
this is a perfect picture of that beetle showing both reflecting and non-reflecting surfaces and which is black, in addition, a particular challenge for a macro-photographer. You succeeded well to present the surface of the whole beetle with pretty good sharpness and clarity of details.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Radomir, splendid macro of with wonderful metallic colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Hola Radomir, muchas gracias por tus amables comentarios, siempre se aprende.
Tu toma impresionante por la claridad de las formas y los colores, destacando un abdomen precioso. Buena luz, correcto encuadre y acertada la base arenosa. Una fotografía maravillosa.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

hello radomir,
lovely macro shot of this ground beetle , good pov, sharp image with excellent details, nice lighting, good framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

Sharp shot Radomir, an excellent macro capture.
Very well done & Merry Christmas!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-22 14:36]

Hola Radomir,
excelente nitidez, perfecto pov,
bella macro,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-23 0:33]

Hi Radomir,
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you.
Wonderful shot and a great portrayal of this Ground Beetle. Very impressive sharpness and nice colours. Perfect lighting and exposure with a precise DOF. I like your top POV to present its features and the marvellous composition. Kudos.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-23 8:08]

Fantastic shot with great sharpness and very interesting details.
Magnificent POV, DOF, colors, framing and composition.
Interesting document and note about this non-common ground beetle.
Congratulations and TFS
Have a joyful Christmas eve and Christmas day!!
Best regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-23 8:55]

Hi Radomir,
as always the detail is super and the clarity amazing...this is great work. You aways find interesting subjects to shoot and this is no exception, well done!

Have a great christmas a happy New Year my friend.


Hi Radomir,
Amazing capture, so well detailed.
It looks great the impeccable black of this insect, and the different shines of its body's parts.
I wish you a happy holidays and the best for the new year to come.
Warm regards,

Hola Radomir,
Excelente macro de gran definición y mucho detalle, el control de luz es extraordinario, muy completa la nota informativa. Que tengas unas felices fiestas y un próspero año. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-12-26 5:19]

Hello Radomir , What a beast , Fantastic shot good details sharpnes and colours ,greetings ,And the best Wishes for you and the famely good 2008 , Greetings Teunie .

Hello Radomir
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect details,lighting and composition,

Good Luck

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-12-29 10:28]

Hi Radomir,
Beautiful shot!
Nice composition, well sharpened!

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-03-15 14:52]

Hello Radomir,
Grat picture of this beetle.
Great sharpness and DOF, Perfect focus and exposure

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