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Feeding and mating

Feeding and mating
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Copyright: Mircea Nita (anabis) Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 14] (91)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-18
Categories: Insects
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insect Mating, Ground beetles (Carabidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-30 10:07
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Points: 3
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During a trip in Cernei Mountains I found a Carabus cancellatus biting a snail and cutting off a piece of it. Then he goes away with the prey in his jaws. I followed him and after a few meters he met another Carabus cancellatus. He put down his prey and started touching each other with the antennas. After a few minutes the second c.c. started to feed from the piece of snail while the first c.c. climb up on hers back and start mating with her. In the neighborhood, at about one meter away, it was an ant-hill and a few ants discover quickly the piece of snail and start to bite it.
I saw this behavior of c.c. many times in the last 3 years, and next time I’ll make a film with the whole scene.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-01 1:14]

Bonjour Mircea,
Une image et une notice intéressante. Une histoire très originale aussi. Ces deux coléoptères ont de magnifiques couleurs métalliques, différentes semble-t-il, selon le sexe. La lumière devait être très forte et l'image est un peu surexposée. Mais posting original
Un grand merci

Hai Mircea Nita,
good notes,this explanation itself deptics a small story. so u dont have to wait for the next time, lolzz :-)
sharp picture,good composition, with a perfect DOF.well done,

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