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Metallic Longhorn Beetle

Metallic Longhorn Beetle
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-20 10:02
Viewed: 5756
Points: 78
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Musk Beetle - Aromia moschata

For me this Beetle was one of the highlights last summer! Ivan and I found this one on the ground below a Sallow next to a large pond. Its larvae lives on Salix species where it constructs tunnels in the wood between living and dead tissue. It takes 3-4 years to develop and the larvae pupate in June. In July and August the adults appear and can be seen on host trees or on the ground.

This specimen was about 30 mm (1,18 inches)in length and the long antennae pointed to this being a male. It seemed very lazy and we managed to get several captures of it on the ground. It then flew up on a fallen thick tree trunk where I managed to capture it once more before it flew off. If held it apparently emits a strong smell of musk hence the name.

It is found in large parts of Europe, in Russia and eastword to Asia.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-12-20 10:08]

Hello Ulla,
a real highlight! Although the species is not so rare in southern Europe, I only observed it a few times.
I like that you did not 'break' the antennae and show both in 'full-length-high-sharpness'.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-20 10:16]

Hello Ulla
Wow! what a beautiful beetle. I like metallic green color, sharp details and perfect focus.
Well done

ciao Ulla!
eccellente definizione in questa macro di Aromia moschata
le sfumature dei colori e i dettagli dell'insetto sono magnifici
grazie e complimenti sERGIO

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-20 10:21]

Hi Ulla. I can see why this was a highlight for you last summer. Its such a colourful Beetle which you have taken a first class close up of. Your top POV lets us see the whole of the body and the long antennae . You took this with sharp focusing and fine detail all with bright colours. well taken. TFS.

Hi Ulla,

Impressive close-up capture of this green metalic longhorn beetle in a lovely pose from top POV. The clarity, details and compositioan are all flawless. As i noticed your last postings i can see so many species of longhorn beetles. I think you are admirer of this group:) although they generaly smelly:)
TFS and have a nice night and new week MF!


Hello Ulla! Wonderful beetle. Amazing scenery. Good POV and DOF. Perfect light and bright. Nice shot. Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-20 10:45]

Hello Ulla,
Fantastic photo of this Musk Beetle. The sharpness and details are perfect. Very beautiful clear colours. Great DOF, POV, composition and contrasting BG. High quality!

Hello Ulla,
a superb macro shot of this Beetle, very good sharpness and fantastic netallic colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition
Best regards

Hello Ulla!
This species is rather rare in my region, but from time to time I can observe it in the wild. It is really beautiful, and you presented in in perfect way. I like clarity of picture, sharpness and DOF. Pose of insect is very natural (even if ths species is rather connected with willow trees than grases).
All the best from Lodz,

PS. Thank you very much for so nice words to my 200th post :>

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-20 11:26]
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Hello Ulla, superb close-up shot of this Coleopteran beauty with excellent composition, details and colours.
TFS and G's,

Hello Ulla, Excellent close-up shot of this colourful longhorn beetle with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

hello Ulla

it is the 2nd photo in a roll of excellent camouflage
of a insect with his environment, shot with fine POV
and the way it is framed, superb focus sharpness and details,



hello Ulla
this is a BEAUTY!!
so good sharpness and beautiful colours with a good pose on the green leave as BG.
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-20 11:55]

Hello Ulla.
This is stunning. Great sharpness, POV, composition and wonderful colours. I really like it. Thanks.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ulla, nice capture of beautiful beetle with fantastic metallic colors, fine details and guperb sharpness, great macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ulla,
Wonderful macro with great details and excellent sharpness.
The colours and the details are amazing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-20 14:20]

Hi Ulla,your impressive class is all inside this pic...it's enought to see and stay whit the open mouth...what a fantastics colors,impossible to make better.Another time i must to say you that 2 points are not enough.My great compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-20 14:58]

Hi Ulla,
What a nice capture.I liked sharpness,large DOF,natural colors and details a lot.Excellent POV,framing and composition.Very well done!
THanks for posting..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-20 16:23]

Hi Ulla,

I can understand why this beautiful beetle was a highlight for you. The iridescent green of the body, the gold of the head, and the metallic horns and legs are fantastic. Excellent colors and details of this beauty on the leaf. A wonderful diagonal composition.


  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-20 16:23]

Hello Ulla,
So cute this Metallic Longhorn Beetle, captured with nice POV, DOF and composition. Let me guess...it was cloud? The clarity is so good and without strong shadows and I liked it.
Great job MF and see you in TN.
Best wishes,

PS: I'm so sorry, but suddenly my green faces sould out today.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-20 16:26]

Muy buen trabajo amiga Ulla,
hermosa perspectiva y finos tonos,

A good looking Beetle, Ulla.
The diagonal dorsal view is just perfect and shows the subject is excellent sharpness with very natural colour tones. The double leaf BG goes very well with the composition.
Thanks and regards.

Dear Ulla
The detail captured on this Musk Beetle is really great. The focus, sharpness and composition are tops. It is a favourable sight looking at this insect from above. This way one can see its whole profile, body and wing structure and the detail in its beautiful antennas. If one look closer you notice the variety of metallic colours other than the green, and that is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Best regards from a very humid Empangeni. Anna

hello Ulla
from interesting POV and beautiful composition, a very beautiful photographed beetle, with marvelous colors and very good details!
keep photographing! TFS

Hi Ulla,

This is an amazing insect. Superb details on your shot, very nice clarity and you have caought it with a great PoV. Very well done


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-21 3:16]

Hi Ulla

This is a fabulous macro of the Musk Beetle. A neat composition with the insect and the
blade of grass running through the diagonal and then spreading into the image. The f/5.7
aperture on the SX10 meant that the DOF was nearly a mile wide (ok, not sooooo much,
but almost) which gave you lots of room for lovely sharp details. The colours are great and
it ensured the beautiful metallic reflections came to its full.

Well done and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-21 4:30]

Bonjour Ulla,
Again a very beautiful shot of this striking beetle. I like here the composition very well, with the blade used as diagonal and the beautiful "ton sur ton" of this shot.
I would like to wish you and Ivan Merry Christmas and hope that this week will be peaceful and not too stressing.
Meilleures pensées

Ciao Ulla. Great close up with fabolouse DOF, excellent details and intrigant metallic reflections.


A fine specimen captured from a good, detail revealing vantage point in perfect focus and good exposure Ulla, obviously the job of an excellent nature photographer with a good eye for eye-catching, aesthetical macro studies. TFS indeed!

Hello Ullas,
This is a wonderful picture of this splendid beetle. Composition, lighting and sharpness are perfect.
Best wishes,

Dear Ulla!

I easily can imagine that this beetle was your highlight. Indeed, it's a very beautiful species and you have put it perfectly well on stage with a superb composition. Moreover, the colour management, the lighting and the clarity of the picture are superb!

Kind regards


Veo que ha tenido mucho éxito tu escarabajo, enhorabuena !
Me gusta especialmente la profundidad
conseguida. El enfoque quedó algo más cercano a la hoja que al insecto, pero aún así un buen conjunto sin duda alguna.
Saludos Ulla: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Ulla
amazing capture of this Longhorn Beetle taken with superb details in a nice environment
I like all the different green color tones of the insect and surroundings
Have a good night

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-22 2:35]

Merhaba Ulla, harika bir makro olmuş.
Renkler, netlik ve kompozisyon çok güzel.

Hello Ulla,
Great presentation of this beetle, nice composition and very good capture of the metallic colours

Hello Ulla,
Very nice long horned beatle, with fine details and beautiful colors. I never saw this species. Well done!

Dear Ulla,
The image of this Longhorn Beetle demonstrates perfectly the special antennae - comparable with the informations system in a modern aircraft to provide data on airspeed, angle of wing airflow, radar for identifying friend or foe i.e. the feelers /antennae carry teens of thousands sensitive cells for direction finding, scenting, testing temperature and humidity and many other tasks.

I wonder, which purpose the metallic colours serve? They must look stunning on a sunny day!

There is no doubt - the long evolution has paid dividends - and insets are more advanced than humans.

Your control of focus and depth of field demonstrates all details, and the natural colours make it a true pleasure to view the image.

I wish you and Ivan all the best, especially good health.

Warm Greetings

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-12-25 12:00]

Hi Ulla,

absolutely great, this Musk beetle. You did it the best way possible with those metallic buggers, in the shadow that is. In this way all the finesse of colors come out so well. And how it holds on to the narrow stem, excellent.

My best wishes to you for the Holiday season.

Hi Ulla,

I missed this BEAUTY
Excellent diagonal compo with Perfect sharpnes and fine details
Great natural colors and good POV

TFS Thijs
Happy and Healthy 2010

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-21 7:06]

This is a lovely, lovely shot, Ulla.
Kind of quiet and understated... and exquisite.
The details and colors are beautiful,
and the composition is excellent.
Love the metallic green.
TFS. : )

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