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Spotted Longhorn

Spotted Longhorn
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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: 2009-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-02 10:27
Viewed: 3145
Points: 54
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Spotted Longhorn Beetle Rutpela maculata

Swedish name: Fläckig blombock, meaning ‘spotted flower longhorn’

We went to a pond surrounded by deciduous trees and sunny glades with wild flowers, unspoilt not because it was a nature reserve but because it is part of a the ministry of defence property, most of which is used as for training army manoeuvres, but the dam area is left without interference.
Among the dragon and damselflies and other insects I saw this Longhorn landing on a nettle, though this species usually prefers white flowers. It didn’t stay long but I managed a few shots before it flew away.

This is a fairly common and widespread species, being found in S. Scandinavia, especially near the coasts and it is found in most of Europe, though it is rare in the west and found in S. England (thanks Vinny!).
The spots on the upper part of the abdomen vary in size and are sometimes absent.

The larvae feed on the rotting branches of many species of deciduous trees, where they take up to two years to develop. The adults visit mostly white flowers like Ox-eye daisies and Cow parsley.

This was taken at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft) with my long lens hand-held. After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

This species has been posted several times before on TN.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-02 10:41]

Very nice sharp photo, good details!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-02 11:04]

Hi Ivan. You have a steady hand to hold your 300 lens And get this sharp detail. Your use of the light has given a sparkle to this picture.With bright natural colours. We can clearly see the body markings from your POV. well done TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-02 11:34]

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo in an excellent composition. The managing in full sunlight is superb. And what a beautiful BG with a great DOF. Splendid photo!

ciao Ivan!
an excellent capture of this Rutpela maculata
shown with perfect definition and appreciable composition.....

tfs sERGIO

Hi Ivan
A good capture of this beetle which is present in good numbers here in the south of England this year. We've even had them in our garden in Central Bournemouth. Good details - especially as your lens configuration for the shot is not a dedicated macro one! ;p
Well exposed and good DOF allowing the subject to stand out from the nettles and bedstraw.
Kind Regards

Más que sobrada eficacia Ivan. con buenos colores y profundidad. La pose bonita y además escondiendo la cabeza, la parte de más dificultad jeje. Alguna hojita se interpone pero supiste resolver bien técnicamente como siempre.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-02 16:25]

Hi Ivan,

This Spotted Longhorn is a very attractive insect with the wonderful colors and patterns. I love the pose showing off the long legs and antennae. Excellent details of the entire longhorn - a very lovely setting and composition.


So....that's what a long horned looks like..Only you Ivan...and again today...I have a tremendous amount of respect for your knowledge of insects, birds, flora and above all the unique combination of mixing it with words..and pictures...

  • Great 
  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2009-07-02 21:06]

Hi Ivan
Crystal clear close up of this longhorn showing fine sharp detail with lovely color.
tfs jon

hello Ivan
light and colour distinguish in a very good composition,clarity and detail explicit,wonderful capture
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-03 1:40]

Hello Ivan
Wonderful capture with great details and beautiful colors.

Hi Ivan,

Very nice sharp details. Great macro and nice lighting. Very well composed.


Hello Ivan,
a fantastic macro of the Spotted Longhorn Beetle, superb sharpness and impressive details, splendid bright colours, excellent POV and composition with a great pose of the insect.
Best regards

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-03 4:36]

Hello Ivan,
The Spotted Longhorn is also guest on my meadow, but somehow I never managed to make a good picture of it. I like your composition a lot with the focus on the beetle and a very fine,a little bit blurred, surrounding.
Un grand merci et meilleures pensées

Hi Ivan,
A very good capture of this spotted longhorn beetle. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ivan,
A nice composition, well on focus and with very natural colours, a very nice insect

Ciao Ivan, great capture of beautiful beetle, splendid sharpness, great light and colors, fine details and excellent blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-03 8:48]

Hi Ivan !

Den extra bild.
Kontrast, färg, ljus, excellent!

En vacker dag

hello ivan,
nice capture, precise focus with good amount of details,
tfs & regards

Hello Ivan
a very beautiful shot of this Spotted Longhorn Beetle captured in a superb decor, the insect is very sharp detailed, colors and natural lighting are wonderful
nice composition
Have a good night

Hi and Good Morning Dostum Ivan,
A delightful macro capture of this lovely longhorn beetle from fine POV in a charming green atmosphere with soft lighting.
TFS and have an amusing WE MF!

Ciao Ivan, Great work of light on the yeallow. Excellent sharp for a nice compo.


hello Ivan

excellent close-up photo of this insect with fine POV
and framing, fine focus on it with excellent sharpness
and details, i also loe to see details of the blurred background,



Hi Ivan,
A splendid picture of spotted longhorn beetle. Sharp focus and well exposed image. Lovely pov.

Hola Ivan,
Excelente macro con gran nitidez y detalles de este bonito longicornio. Saludos
José Ramón

hello Ivan
super sharpness picture
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-07-08 8:02]
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A splendid close-up of this beautiful longhorn beetle with fine composition and excellent sharpness.
TFS and G's,

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