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'Blood-red Click Beetle'

'Blood-red Click 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: 2011-05-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-20 23:09
Viewed: 4255
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a new species for TN

Click Beetle species, Ampedus sanguineus

Swedish name: 'Blodröd knäppare', meaning 'blood-red click beetle'.

The family Elateridae is commonly called click beetles (or "typical click beetles" to distinguish them from the related Cerophytidae and Eucnemidae), elaters, snapping beetles, spring beetles or "skipjacks". They are a cosmopolitan beetle family characterized by the unusual click mechanism they possess. There are a few closely related families in which a few members have the same mechanism, but all elaterids can click. A spine on the prosternum can be snapped into a corresponding notch on the mesosternum, producing a violent "click" which can bounce the beetle into the air. Clicking is mainly used to avoid predation, although it is also useful when the beetle is on its back and needs to right itself. There are about 9300 known species worldwide. (Wikipedia)

There are 18 species of this genus in Sweden and they are difficult to tell apart.

We found this under the bark of a dead pine tree. It is about 15 mm long

It is found in most parts of Sweden and N. Europe where there are pine forests. If it ever occurred in the UK it is now extinct.

The eggs are laid under the bark of dead pines where the larvae feed on the rotting wood and take several years to develop.

This shot was taken at a distance of about 1.8 meters with the camera supported on a tripod. After slight cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

joska, nagraj, lousat, Hussain58, maurydv, maaciejka, pegos, CeltickRanger, KOMSIS, anel, ramthakur, jcoowanitwong has marked this note useful
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Hello Ivan,
Congratulations for this new specie on TN, excellent photo and useful description too, TFS!

good morning Ivan, I see an artistic composition with this background, is a beautiful photo with wonderful colors and fine details!
regards Nasos

Ciao Ivan, congratulations for this new specie on TN, great macro of lovely beetle with fine details, wonderful natural colors, excellent sharpness and fantastic light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
Lovely beetle with fantastic details,excellent sharpness,splehdid light and wonderful natural colors.
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-21 0:34]

Wow! this is very beautiful species with interesting colors, good composition with fine background, contrasting. tfs.

Hi Ivan

Good catch, nice sharpness and great colours


Ciao Ivan. Very good sharp and colours. Excellent contrast.


Hello Ivan,

Hope you are doing fine. Like ram and some of our other friends here, your notes to photos and your photos are of high quality, a rich store of knowledge. Indeed it is a beautiful beetle, blood-red, no doubt. The note has given me a lot about knowing this wonderful species of beetle. Thanks a lot for sharing this, Ivan and thanks a lot for your well written comments to my photos, feel honoured....take care....warmest regards/Abid

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-02-21 5:36]

Hi Ivan,great capture of this new specie for TN and a very top quality macro,these are very littles and i like your fantastic perfection of details and this very brillian red.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hallo Ivan,
a superb macro of this interesting species, outstanding sharpness, fantastic brilliant colours, very well done
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-21 6:24]

Hello Ivan,
an exciting simple shot. Really like the clarity and details of the whole beetle. The line on the wings are excellently shown. Like it very much.


Excellent detail, good light, perfectly focused.
A beautiful beetle with nice contrasting colours.
regards yiannis

HI Ivan,
very nice photo of this bug. Amazing colours. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Ivan
great sharpness composition with great details and beautiful colours
nice picture
thanks greeting lou

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-21 12:32]

Hello Ivan,
congratulations for this new specie on TN!
Excellent sharpness and great POV; beautiful warm colours and perfect light. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-21 13:12]

Hello Ivan.
Excellent capture of this beetle with good pose and composition, sharp details and great natural colours.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan

Congratulations for this new species on TN,
excellent close-up photo with a fine POV
to show the insect's form and colors,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Interesting subject and great macro Ivan! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

Hello Ivan,
Splendid blood-red beetle. As usual the details, colors and exposure are perfect. Lovely vivid colors and natural background.
The contrast is superb.
Thanks for sharing!

Good capture of this Blood-red Click Beetle,
TFS, Cheers, Ferran

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-02-24 11:01]

Hej Ivan,
I do not see an insect ..
Very good presentation and composition. Very sharp details and superb pose, wonderful colors too.
have a nice weekend,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-24 12:31]

Bonsoir Ivan,
A very interesting posting and something new to discover. Interesting to read about the Click Beetles. I think that I have some shots of the same Beetle-family in my archives, however they have more purple and brown coloration.
Un posting précieux!
Un grand merci

Hi Ivan, Superb capture of this new species of Beetle on TN my good friend, splendid lighting with lovely natural colours, nice and sharp, great stuff here Ivan and have a wonderful weekend,
Best Regards,


This is certainly the very first appearance of this Beetle on TN, Ivan.
The black thorax and the red abdomen make an appealing colour combination. The wooden plank also goes well for the background.
At this time of the year, some very pleasant surprises from summer collections come out and this one is one of the best from yours.
Best regards,

Hello Ivan,
Great shot on natural setting. Sharp and crisp image. The red color is quite attractive. Instead of camouflage this beetle chooses to scare off predator.

Hello Ivan
very interesting looking of this blood-red click beetle. nice picture with very informative note.
sharpness and colour is very impressive.
best wishes,

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