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Wasp-like Beetle

Wasp-like Beetle
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 mm F2.8L IS Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-12-10 23:09
Viewed: 2879
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This is the second posting of a series of images of beetles dependent on newly felled logs as seen in the WORSHOP of the first image in this series.
This pile consists mainly of Oak, with a few Aspen logs. These were felled on the island of Öland, the central part of which has deciduous forests, known to be rich in rare insect life.
Mostly females are attracted to the logs to lay eggs but their offspring is lost when the logs are taken to the saw mills.
This is one of the main reasons why these insects have become so rare!

Long-horned Beetle, Plagionotus arcuatus

Swedish name: Smalbandad ekbarkbock

This species is relatively common in Sweden and widespread in Europe, though absent from the UK. This is not the first posting of this species on TN.

It is dependent on species of Quercus, Oaks that have recently died or been felled. It can be found on a sunlit pile of recently felled oak logs in late spring and early summer. The eggs are laid on the bark and the larvae feed on the wood closest to the bark.

It superficially resembles a wasp to avoid predators and it moves in a similar way to wasps.

A lateral view is shown in the WORKSHOP.

This was taken with the camera hand-held. After slight cropping, size reduction and slight sharpening the image was reduced in size and converted from RAW.

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Hello Ivan
Excellent photo, the beetle is shown very well against the wood. Very good focus and detail.
regards yiannis

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-12-11 1:50]

Hej Ivan,
I never have seen until now ..
Beautiful photo, presentation in good sharpness and natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Ivan
Beautiful series.I like more the WS pic but both are wonderful.Great composition and dorsal POV,wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-11 2:31]

Hello Ivan,
Another special macro of this Long-horned Beetle. Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Pleasing diagonal composition. Nice matching background.

Hope you are keeping well, Ivan.
Beautiful picture of a Beetle on logs.
The story you tell of them is really touching.
Thanks and regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-11 2:59]

Hi Ivan,very very interesting second part of this bad history,and 2 beautiful pics from 2 different pov to see all the sides of this beetle,perfect quality as usual! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Ivan, great macro of lovely wasp like a beetle, fine details, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Ivan
Thanks for sharing an image of this very interesting Smalbandad ekbarkbock with its striking colours and lovely details that is well seen. The patterns and colours on its shield reminds me quite a lot about the Blister beetle I once shared here on Trek Nature, but its paws and headpart is not similar to that of the Blister beetle. This image is very sharp and well composed.
Best regards and please send my regards to Ulla too. I miss her presence around the site.

Hello Ivan,
Very good photograph, very good sharpness, very good composition, good background.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-12-11 5:08]

Very interesting beetle mimicking the bands of wasp, fine image. tfs.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-12-11 5:10]

Hello Ivan
Anohter good closed up.Very sharp image with nice details.Colours are also good an natural.Excellent text and good series
TFS Michel

hello Ivan,
very nice macro with fantastic detail. well composed picture, the colour is also very good.
best wishes,

Ciao Ivan.
Ottima composizione de un’eccellente nitidezza di questo coleottero,stupendi i colori.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hello Ivan

Between the 2 photos I love much more the one
in the WS, because of the more closer photo,
the POV you choose and the framing you give, TFS


Hi Ivan,
what an interesting species. Excellent composition. I like this point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-12-11 19:18]

Hello Ivan,
A fine presentation of this wasp look-a-like. Superb overall clarity and beautifully marked body that really does remind me of a wasp. Seems like your little wood pile is filled with interesting insects. Well done!!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-12-11 23:32]

Shalom Ivan,

Excellent images here and in the WS, and a most interesting note to go with them.

Thanks! Have a pleasant and productive day,



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-12-12 4:36]

Bonjour Ivan,
Ravie de voir une nouvelle image de ta part! Un coléoptère que j'ai aussi dans mes archives, mais sur une vitre, ce qui ne donne pas une image très naturelle:-)
P. arcuatus s'est posé sur un bois à la coloration jaune, ce qui livre un arrière-plan tout à fait adéquat. Merci de ce posting intéressant.
Un bonjour à Ulla aussi

Salam Ivan,
An excellent capture with striking colors, details and composition. Well done & very nice presentation. Great work & TFS. Best Salam & wishes!


Hello Ivan
Interesting beetle and beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

merhaba Ivan
You are right it causes tragedy on wooden pieces. I have seen same or similar species here. But this is a great macro shot of Wasp-like Beetle from dorsal POV. Great details of sharp focus. DOF and diagonal composition very nice as like workshop.
Çok teşekkürler dostum. iyi geceler, iyi bir hafta sonu dilerim.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-07 6:07]

Hello Ivan
this is really special and unique. The yellow stripes on the black body is o attractive.
The details are so sharp, and i like this clean image so well.
Exciting specie to be shared.


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