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Copyright: Malgosia Bisinska (liziafa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 399 W: 0 N: 346] (1231)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, Industar 2,8/50mm, RAW ISO 200, Extension Tube
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-02 10:28
Viewed: 4488
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rhagonycha fulva

Rhagonycha fulva is undoubtedly the commonest of the British soldier beetles (family Cantharidae). It is a familar sight in summer, especially on the flowerheads of various umbellifers such as Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) and Wild Carrot (Daucus carota), or in flight between these plants.

It is one of several soldier beetles (mostly in the genus Cantharis) that can be seen on umbellifers. Many are brightly coloured, at least in part, usually orange or combinations of orange and black. Being variable in colour and size, they are regarded as difficult to identify. Rhagonycha fulva is orange but the tips of the elytra (wing-cases) are black. It is typically 7-10 mm in length. Like other soldier beetles it is relatively soft-bodied, the elytra being thin and rather flimsy, which perhaps relates to the fact that it spends much more time in flight than do most beetles.

It is illustrated in many books, though strangely it has no mention in E.F. Linssen's 'Beetles of the British Isles' – long the standard popular guide though now out of print and scarce. For a long time this confused me, as I couldn't understand how this common and distinctive beetle defied identification. It is, however, illustrated and described in the very useful guide by Harde.

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Nice shot Malgosia,and a very good informative not to go with it.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-07-02 11:00]

nice portrait of this red bug, malgosia! :-)
good composition and details on the face.
i have to check, but i guess i captured one of those, too,
i will post it later in the week.
well done & take care, thorsten.

Hello Malgosia, excllent setails colors, BG, POV, DOf excllent shot, TFs Kyle

Hi Malgosia,
Lovely colours and good DOF.
The POV and pose are also very good.
Well done.

Hi Malgosia,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-02 13:46]

What a nice insect that you have well captured ! Composition is simple and beautiful. Colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness are very good ! This Pyrochroa serraticornis seems in red gelatine ;-)
Congratulations Malgosia and thanks for sharing.

Hello Malgosia,
great capture. Great composition and nice sharp details. Excellent DoF too. Very well done. TFS.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-07-02 14:44]

Good details, colours and sharpness. Exposure and lighting are good. Regards

Hello Malgosia,
Nice shot. I like the bold red of the subject, set against the green BG.
Very nice POV and good details.
Well done and TFS!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-02 15:16]

Hello Malgosia,
Very nice capture.I liked POV,simple BG,colors,framing and composition a lot.

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-07-02 15:24]

Good going - superb!


Hello Malgosia!
Interesting on the top shot of this red model! Colours with nice contrast. pov is well chosen and nice bg! i think that more dof could be useful. Thank you!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-02 18:11]

Hi Malgosia,
Great shot, very well composed with amazing details and colours. Very well done and TFS.

Hi Malgosia, muy bonita la composición de colores y el encuadre de este insecto. Debe ser de tamaño muy pequeño. Es una buena captura. Muy buena la nota informativa. TFS.

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2006-07-03 15:32]

Sliczny robal :)
Jak zwykle zdjecie robi wrazenie - pozytywne oczywiscie :)

Witaj Małgosiu,

Kolejne cudowne makro-ujęcie!!! Wielkie BRAWA!!!
Doskonała jakość i kompozycja.


Kolejna fotka bardzo w twoim stylu. Podoba mi sie POV i kadr. Ten czerwony kolor bardzo fajnie gra z zielonym tlem.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-04 19:21]

Hi Malgosia
Great macro shot. Good colours, sharpnes, light anr POV.
Well done Malgosia


Hello Malgosia,
You have some awesome insect marcros, all done with great skill! Like this one...
Great point of view, super colours and details... Pleasant capture of some motion blur!
Pablo -

Hello Malgosia, I have always wondered what these things are, now i know.
They do look like they can punch a sting. Excellent DOF and macro work.



Bonjour Malgosia
Une excellente photo en macro,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle présentation.

Merci et bravo...JP

Hi Malgosia,
I am not a huge fan of macros, but when I looked at your gallery, I was attracted to this one. The red of the beetle stands out perfectly against the perfectly green b/g. Eventhoug the head of the beetle is not completely well focused, the overall photo is perfect.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-07-30 17:31]

Hi Malgosia,
Very nice macro! Great contrasting colours, excellent details and well framed.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Malgosia,
Beautiful image of red beetle; excellent POV, color & notes. Green background is amazing :)

Witam serdecznie!
Bardzo fajnie zakomponowane zdjecie, szczegolnie podoba mi sie efekt wylaniajacego sie chrzaszcza spomiedzy lisci :)
Ale w opisie wkradly sie 2 niescislosci:
1. to jest przedstawiciel rodziny omomilkowatych (=omomilki) - Cantharidae a nie Pyrochroa serraticornis;
2. jak dotad chrzaszczy opisano i odkryto juz blisko 450 tysiecy :)
Serdecznie pozdrawiam z pogodnej Lodzi!

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