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killer in shining armour
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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: 2007-01-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 II USM, @ ISO 400, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-25 10:00
Viewed: 3456
Points: 22
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Carabus auronitens Fabricius, 1792
Family: Carabidae - ground beetles

Carabids are one of the richest beetle families with some 30 000 species currently described. Specialists estimate that the total number of species may be even twice that number. In Poland you can meet some 500 species grouped in 70 genera.

One of the most spectacular is undoubtedly genus Carabus with nearly 30 species, including the biggest carabids in Poland. No question that Carabus auronitens is one of the most colourful among them, easily competeing in beauty with many tropical species.

It's also very common in most areas, living in various kind of forest and hunting restlesly at night for slugs, earthworms or other small creatures. During autumn these beetles gather in decaying logs or trunks to overwinter. Sometimes one can find some dozens of them in one place. Neverthless, as all other members of this genus, Carabus auronitens is protected by law in Poland.

This one is a lady :-) You may tell that looking at her first feet. In females they are narrow and in males more flattened and broader. We used this specimen as a teaching aid, used for the first year invertebrate zoology lab. At the moment she hibernates hapily in our cold room and waits for the spring...

Funny in fact, the spring was almost here - but suddenly there was a heavy snowfall and temperature dropped down below zero. And now it's a winter. For the first time this season...

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No i prosze, po dluzszej przerwie znow wrzuciles cos na TN :) I do tego portret chrzaszczyka! :) Z uwag moze tylko tyle, warto byloby dodac czesta nazwe angielska rodziny "ground beetles", no i moze zaznaczyc, ze to w sumie gatunek gorski :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-25 10:47]

Hello Michal,
The winter has come to us too. Now we have snow and -7 Celcius.
So it is nice to reminded of warmer times to come with a shot like this of this ground beetle. This is sharp, colourful and well presented.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-25 11:58]

Hello Michal,
Lovely close up.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,sharpness and lighting are also wonderful.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-25 12:40]

Czesc Michal!

Ladne znalezisko jak na srodek zimy :-) Przede wszystkim metaliczne kolory, ale takze szczegoly, karbowany pancerz, no i POV. Szczeki robia wrazenie. Ogolnie bardzo udane foto.

Hi Michal,
Thank God, the winter has finally reached you in the shape of heavy snowfall. The trend this year has been alarming so far.
This beetle looks formidable yet beautiful in its shining metallic colours. Very impressive close-up view of its upper body.
TFS and take care.

bonjour michal
c'est une excellente macro realisée avec un objectif qui n'est pas dedié a cela.
les reflets sont superbes.bonne netteté.

Cool POV and bug Michal, I like it.
The metallic colors and shining armor have come to the rescue :)
Very well done.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-01 14:45]

Hello Michal,
very nice macro shot, sharpness and details are very good. I love the metalic look of this bug and the colors are fabulous. POV, crop and framing work very well.

Czesc Michal!
Wiem, ze z opisami jest sporo roboty. Zdjecie przednie. Uwielbiam robale: na zdjeciach i w plenerze, tylko zeby po mnie nie lazily :). Jakby byla chociaz polska nazwa (nie wspomne o opisie) to by by³o super. Ja akurat nie jestem anglojezyczna :( i mysle, ze jest kilka takich osob w galerii.
Gratuluje ujecia i serdecznie pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-02 10:20]

Hi Michal.
You have done great work. I have read many reviews about this lens. I would not believe in opportunities of this lens if has not seen your picture. Nevertheless, I think that the basic of merits in it belongs to you. Great close-up with perfect reproduction both the details and the colours. Excellent POV, cropping and lighting (soft and impressive). Bravo, My compliments and TFS.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-02-21 5:19]

Hello Michal,

Great closeup picture of this carabid head.
Great composition.


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