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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: 2006-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro, RAW ISO 200
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-05 14:31
Viewed: 6299
Points: 54
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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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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-07-05 15:53]

hi malgosia! :-)
love is in the air. *g*
it must be the time of the year at the moment -
i just posted such a coupling couple, too.
excellent composition and pov, perfectly sharp
and very detailed.
the blurred green bg is very nice and the green flower looks interesting, too.
well done & best wishes, thorsten.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-05 16:00]

Superb macro! The details are really great. So are the colors, POV and DOF...what can i say...really good work, Malgosia. Bravo and TFS

Hello Malgosia,
Great macro! Excellent color, light, detail, exposure, and DOF..
Very well composed, and a great POV of the triple X action :)
Very well done.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-07-05 17:35]

Hi Malgosia,
Excellent capture of this lovely image, great contrasting colours, nice POV and composition, good details and well framed.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-05 18:00]

Bonne macro Malgosia!

Félicitations pour les détails et les couleurs justes. J'aime bien action aussi.

A good capture Malgosia,
A bit rushed tonight, just time for a quick visit.
Well worth a big :)

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-06 1:09]

Hello Malgosia, what I see, you show us X picture :-)) Seriously it a beautiful and good quality close-up. It is funny this insect are always in love...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

Witaj Malgosiu,

Wooooow, niesamowite makro,
cudowna GO, piekny kadr i zywe kolorki.



Very good lighting, sharpness, DOF, BG, POV and composition. The detail of the subject is very good indeed. TFS,

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-06 18:56]

Hi Malgosia,
Excellent macro. Great lighting, outstanding colours and details. Also good shallow DOF and Very well composed. Well done and TFS.

Swietna fotka. Dobrze "podejrzane" ;)
Detale, kolorki - wszystko super!

Hi Malgosia, una espectacular toma de esta pareja con gran definición y colorido. Enhorabuena y un saludo. TFS.
José Luis

  • jeanpaul Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
  • [2006-07-07 20:08]

Bonjour Malgosia
Cette prise est superbe et parfaite.Les couleurs sont parfaitement exposées et sont éclatantes. Bravo pour la composition et les détails.
Merci et passe un bon week end...JP

very well shot. colours, details and DOF are on excellent level. explication are good.

title: uhm, aren't you nice girl and 32 years old? :-)

Hi Mario

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-08 14:14]

Hi Malgosia,
As Thor says, there must be something in the air :-) Great shot, perfect detail and colours, excellent use of flash, great DOF. Interesting note too, great post.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-07-08 14:49]

Witaj Malgosia,
Excellent Mating Beetles close-up.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,colors,note,framing,composition and details.Well Done.TFS

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-09 21:04]

Hi Malgosia
Well seen and captured. Great light, sharpnes, colours and POV.
Well done Malgosia


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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-07-10 1:09]

Hi Malgosia.
Great macro, excellent colors ,details ,sharpness and special moment capture XXX


Sorry for reaching this wonderful picture late, Malgosia. I am in UAE for a few days and get to the net infrequently.
This is a fantastic capture of these mating insects. Great POV, DOF, colours and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing it and take care.

Robin Hood & Little Red Riding Hood I presume... :) Hr is such a stuntman, cliffhanging on her back all arched and his antenaes pulled back... If they could only talk. :)

Hi Malgosia,
This is exceptional sharp and clear picture. Excellent composition and pov. You handle this call of nature very nicely. TFS

I like the pose of the male.
The way it articulates the body and antenaes gives a lot of expression to the scene :)
Nice details, DOF and colours too.

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-07-16 14:15]

Privet Malgosia.
Beautifully they were built on a diagonal. Good work.

hi malgosia
image en deux couleurs mais ce n'est pas cela qui retient l'attention,c'est plutot les deux amoureux qui sont tres nets.

Hi Malgosia,
clear and sharp capture of these restless sex acrobates that seem to spend all summer doing nothing else than making love.
Very good colours and intimate details, and a perfectly chosen point of view to see the whole action in perfect beauty. Great!
Thank you, and best regards,

Hi Malgosia,

Excellent shot
Perfect compo, sharpness, details, colours, POV and DOF
ID must be Rhagonycha fulva

TFS Thijs

Hi Malgosia,
Excellent macro with fantastic details.
I was very happy to find your picture since I recently posted one of the same beetled but did not know the ID
Cheers, Shir

Hi Malgosia,
Very sharp image, I like the superb details despite is not so close-up view. Good intense colours and light. I have some insect in xxx action as you say...he,he

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