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Rosalie des Carpates.

Rosalie des Carpates.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-23
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite pics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-08 12:51
Viewed: 5166
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rosalia alpina (Linnaeus, 1758)

Rosalia longicorn, Alpenbock, Rosalie des Alps, Havasi cincér, Алпийска розалия, …

Family: Cerambycidae

Body length: 15 – 38mm

Probably one of the most picturesque of European beetles, blue white and black Rosalia longicorn is a rare inhabitant of mountain beech forests. In constant decline and already extinct in many parts of Europe, there are a few isolated populations in the French Pyrennees, the Cevennes, in Italy, in Switzerland, Austria, Bavaria, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, southeastern Europe, the Caucasus.

Its larvae feed on decaying beech wood, and the beetle is therefore depending on forests with enough dead wood left behind. It prefers damaged trees standing alone or at the edge of forests at sunny locations. The limestone mountains of southern Romania near the Danube seem to be a paradise for them with their large primordial beech forests interrupted by wide sunny clearings for large herds of sheep.

Of course, the area is a paradise for hikers who enjoy wide and lonely unspoilt places, as well.

The beetles may be found from June to August. They are reported to have a short life span of just about 10 days, making the beetle even rarer to be seen at all. This one here was discovered caught in a spider web at a lonesome forest clearing near the top of Varfu lui Stan mountain.

Varfu lui stan, Cerna valley near Baile Herculane, at an elevation of 1200m.

Karl Wilhelm Harde, Frantisek Severa: Der Kosmos Käferführer. Die Käfer Mitteleuropas, Stuttgart 1981/2006

The camera:
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 14mm macro zoom (equivalent 82 mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/1000sec., ISO-125, bias: -0.3, hand held, fill flash. 23.08.2010, 11.06.

Slightly cropped, levels adjusted, partially resharpened after downsize for web (Photoshop CS4).

Thank you. Have a nice weekend!


Some of my friends asked me if I was able to free that precious beetle trapped in a spider web: Yes, I was. But the beetle turned out to be stiff and dead already. It was already gone to heaven, so to say.

So, in order to cheer you up a little bit, I am adding another picture of the Alpine longicorn: a lively couple seen passionately in love last summer on a hot sunny day at at high noon in the Vienna Woods.

Austria: Alpine longicorns in love.


flashpoint, cloud, eng55, goldyrs, ramthakur, CatherineD, Alex99, haraprasan, anel, uleko, Josien, Miss_Piggy, maurydv, Hormon_Manyer, meyerd has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Hormon_Manyer: ...have a great festive season, too!peter_stoeckl 1 12-27 13:32
To anel: Rosalia - sie haust ja auch bei uns...peter_stoeckl 2 10-10 12:43
To oanaotilia: ... the same curiositypeter_stoeckl 1 10-09 13:25
To uleko: ... managed to esape?peter_stoeckl 1 10-09 13:17
To ingridshaul: ...able to free this poor insect?peter_stoeckl 1 10-09 13:10
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Dear Peter,
Many thanks for showing this colourful beetle on TrekNature!
Were you able to free this poor insect from the spider web?

Your extraordinary tight control of depth of field allows not only perfect focus - showing the details of the spider threads - but renders the foreground blurred, very attractive and at the same time draws the viewers attention totally to the beetle!

The markings are very interesting; bits of blue also appearing on the tips of the wings.

I very much like the layout in your photo - I bet your student love your lectures!

I wonder if the paradise for hikers will still be paradise when the mess from Hungary has reached the countryside downriver...

Ich wuensche Dir einen schoenen Abend und ein gutes Wochen-Ende
Herzliche Gruesse von Suedafrika

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-08 13:27]

Hello Peter,
Even the spider caught it before you did, this is a superb capture of a species of Longhorn beetle that I have always admired but never seen in real life: it is very rare in Sweden.
The dorsal POV against the sky is superb and taken with excellent sharpness and colours to make a wonderful portrait of Rosalia alpina, even though it has been caught by a spider.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful image.
Have a great weekend,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-10-08 13:36]

Hello Peter,
Unusual view such beautiful colourful species. Very good sharpness and composition.
Regards, Pawel

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-10-08 14:14]

Hi Peter,
It's an amazing macro work.POV,vivid colors,clarity,DOF,details and composition are wonderful.Excellent note too!Have a great weekend.
Thanks for sharing..

Estupenda macro. Para além de tecnicamente perfeita, um drama ao ver tão bela criatura apanhada pela teia da aranha. Arte!

Um abraço

Stunning is the word, Peter!
Your shots never cease to amaze me!
The clarity and DOF are perfect, but its the composition and POV that take the cake here!

Peter, it is a great pleasure to see your work after quite some time.
The kind of pictures you take remain etched in memory becasue of their originality and uniqueness. This picture is no exception.
Your POV for taking this picture of a Beetle is not only unusual but also very effective. We can admire the composition in addition to seeing this creature's special features and colours with utmost clarity.
Thanks for sharing your picture.
Best regards.

Hello Peter,
This is a great capture of this colorful Rosalia, one of the most beautiful Cerambycidae. Very good use of the flash, keeping natural colours and background. A top class shot! TFS and thanks for the detailled note too. Warm regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-09 1:29]

Hello Peter,
Excellent photo of this Longhorn Beetle. Marvellous composition against the blue sky. Taken from a perfect POV. Great sharpness and details. Very good DOF in natural colours.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-09 3:00]

Hi, dear Peter.
It is fantastic picture. Subject is incredible, quality of the shot is outstanding, POV is creative at the highest range. Details of the beetle are stunning, blurriness of the clouds and trees are wonderful and colours are simply splendid. Bravo, Bravo and once more Bravo.

Hi Peter,
A beautiful capture of this beautiful beetle. Very good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Peter, great macro of fantastic beetle, superb details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-09 6:08]
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Lieber Peter,
Du hast also die Rosalia gesehen..von ihr träumen wir nur! Und so ein schönes Bild, blau auf blau, geschickt von unten beleuchtet. Eine originelle Darstellung, wirklich! Ich sehe, Du musstest auch bis nach Rumänien gehen, um sie zu sehen, aber eigentlich haust sie ja auch bei uns!
Hab herzlichen Dank für dieses erfreuliche Posting.
Wünsche noch ein geruhsames und schönes Wochenende.
Herzlich grüsst

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-09 6:14]
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Hello Peter,
I've always admired this beautiful Longhorn Beetle in books and what a dream to be able to see it! Your capture is fantastic, details very sharp and the colours stunning! I like the framing very much too. Only a pity it was caught in a web - I wonder if it managed to escape?
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hy Peter
I am very glad when I see images fromRomania, posted by other member than romanians.
The antennas are interesting, with those hairs at each fragment.
I have the same curiosity like Ingrig.....


Hi Peter,
I noticed your picture yesterday, but didn't get around to commenting on it then, so here is my comment now. Lovely picture of this very interesting and beautiful insect: fresh and bright colours, great composition, nice sharpness. Sad that the insect had allready died, but seemingly other individuals of the same species were allready on their way to life, nice workshop ;)
Kind regards,

Hello Peter,
Well Peter, indeed this picture is visually stunning! ... Too bad this beatiful "mustaches", was captured by a spider! ... But we must accept that "it was very good" in the picture! :)

Hallo Peter
We have returned from a lovely holiday in the Kruger after 3 weeks and I missed out on such a lot of great images in this time. In the meantime our 1st grandchild has also been born and Trek Nature had to wait for both Loot and me to get over our excitement.

Your image is once again a hit. The details are seen so beautifully, the light in the back enlightens all the wonderful colours and features and the angle in which you have captured this beetle with its spectacular colours different but very striking. I almost look as if it is flying through the air. The anthers are very interesting to look at. All aspects of nature is truly such a wonderful sight. Thanks for sharing. My best regards.

Hallo Peter,
a superb macro shot of the Rosalia longicorn taken from a spectacular unusual POV with outstanding sharpness and fine detail, a very realist composition with this beetle trapped in the spider web
Best regards

Hi Peter,

Beautiful, just beautiful! Everything was captured so nicely here. Composition's second to none (you framed the insect with the greenery exceptionally well), sharpness is brilliant, colors and lights are fabulous while DoF is superb. A fantastic masterpiece, no doubt. Bravo.

This species is also living in Ungarn, but rare and protected by the laws. I've managed to photograph it once and thought the shot's OK... but I rather don't post it; compared to yours that's just a snap.

Have a great festive season, friendly regards, László

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-04 4:16]

Hello Peter,
what an exciting view. It colours are vivid and you have composed it with the sky as its background. lovely colours in pristine sharpness. Having the two feelers across diagonally is really a treasure here.
A well presented nature shot.


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