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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: 2007-06-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.6
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects' World, Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-13 14:50
Viewed: 7191
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No, this is not a banana!!! This is a beetle!!! ;>

This is a member of Curculionidae family - Lixus paraplecticus Linnaeus, 1758 (in Polish: kulczanka wodniczka), one of the biggest Central European weevil species (some 12-14mm).

It can be easy recognized thanks to its characteristic body shape and colouration (almost like a banana ;>).
This species is rather common in spring/early summer period, and easy to find on Apiaceae (= Umbelliferae) plants occurring on the banks of rivers and lakes.
Both adults and larvae are vegetarians.

I would like to dedicate this picture to well known TN member from Italy and great lovel of insects and other small creatures - Luciano (lousat) :>

Picture was taken in Ilawa, Masurian Lakes District, SE Poland.

Amadeo, Jamesp, vanderschelden, eqshannon, gracious, rousettus, boreocypriensis, zulfu, gannu, haraprasan, fartash, PaulH, SelenE, meyerd, uleko, Alex99, iris has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-13 15:29]

Hi Rado

A lovely close-up with good colour and excellent detail. Well observed and captured.


I owe you an email

Well done, Radomir.
Funny insect due to its shape.
Well photographed.

Super capture Radomir...and this is your specialty for sure. Wonderful information. I think if I ever run into one I will know it immediately! Good notes..and a nice dedication to Luciano!

Hello Radomir,
Very interesting insect well captured with perfect exposure and focus!
so sharp with good colour and excellent details
many thanks for the sharing

Hello Radomir,
a great macro shot of this beautiful Curculionid species. Sharp details, POV, colors, composition great. Thanks. best wishes


What a creature! It looks like its out of a cartoon! You've captured it wonderfully. Your picture shows great detail, its is very nicely composed and POV is just right. Very nice work. TFS.

Best Regards,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 36 N: 5588] (18578)
  • [2008-05-13 21:17]

Hi Radomir,
Wonderful close-up shot of this Weevil and such an interesting name it has. Immaculate sharpness and lovely colours and you have captured it in a fine pose. I like this muted lighting which makes this image look even better. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Radomir.

Beatiful insect with beautiful colours.
Well done,


Very sharp macro, I like the details that you have captured from this wonderful insect! TFS

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1081 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-05-13 23:00]

Hello Radomir,
this time, two words only: ALSO PERFECT!
Best wishes, Peter

Détail intéressant, belle présentation.
Bonne journée.

Wowww.... Radek this is realy resembles banana:) and very mobile :-) what a splendid capture with supeb details, DOF and POV my friend! All are excellent! TFS.
Have a great day!


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-05-14 1:12]

Superb macro capture of this curculionid Radomir. Perfect! TFS. Regards,

Hola Radomir, excelente macro, buena definición y color. La PDC que has conseguido con F-6.6 es muy interesante. Un saludo

Hi Radek,
A nice capture of this beautiful weevil. Excellent composition and sharp details. A very good dedication for Luciano. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Radomir,

Very nice picture of this beetle. I like very much the composition. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Great colours.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-05-14 2:46]

Great insect!
Amazing picture, TFS

Hi Radomir

Fantastic shot of this great weevil. Excellent POV.
Great sharpness and DOF/ Excellent composition.
One of your best so far I think.
Great work.


Hello Radomir
Excellent shot of this Banana Beetle :O)
Perfect focusing,BG and exposure.Welldone my friend.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-14 13:27]

What a fantastic macro shot of this pretty litel Weevil!
Excellent detail showing all the little scales.
Great composition and low-down POV.
Superb DOF that has kept the whole insect very sharp while making the BG completely blurred.
Nice light and great colours.
Luciano will love this! :-)

Well done!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5806 W: 89 N: 14918] (62539)
  • [2008-05-15 4:26]

!!!!!!!! Waaw Rado,what a fantastic pic!!!!!!!I know this little Lixus,isn't easy to take a perfect pic like that,your work it's simply fantastic,my best compliments to show us this very interesting beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-05-15 6:08]

Hello Radomir, I like your start of the note. This is not banana.... nice shot with such an extreme sharp picture. Lovely view and superb focus Ganesh smiely tmrw

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-19 6:41]

Hi Radomir
Banana Beetle? Great name and great looking insect too! As always excellent clarity with superb detail and POV. Very well done!

Elegante y efectiva disposición para el encuadre, que es singular y a la vez práctico. Enfoque y profundidad sobresalientes con gran naturalidad en los colores.
Un abrazo Radomir: Josep Ignasi.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2008-05-20 23:15]

Hi Radomir,
Focus, shapness, details, POV, background and DOF look vey nice. TFS

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 64 N: 2152] (7114)
  • [2008-05-22 12:24]

Hi Radomir, once more,

excellent picture, excellent beetle, excellent dedication to our friend Luciano!
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-05-23 10:07]

Hello Radmoir,
What a brilliant macro of this fine Weevil showing details very clearly and beautiful colours too. Excellent use of the flash making it look perfectly natural. I like its pose too and the fine composition.
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-26 22:47]

Hi Radomir.
Amazing shot of the cute beetle. Once more subject and POV are fine. Details of the insect and leaf are great and exposure as well as the flash work are superb. Bravo. Perfect job.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-03 22:22]

Wow Radomir,
This is a beetle i have n'ver come across.And what strange shape, texture and colours. I like the PoV you have used with excellent DoF that is able to give a very clear profile of the beetle.The details of this fine macro show excellent features of this interesting subject.
I do not think you had good natural lighting.But the capture is done with good focus and clarity.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Radomir,
A nice and odd weevil, really looks like a banana insect, he, he. Quite small to be the biggest weevil in Central Europe, we have many species largest of this one. My next post would be from a similar species.

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