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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-25
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-04 5:26
Viewed: 3436
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A little story

These two beetles were sitting on the same petal of a beautiful yellow Lily. And how it must have come, both of them thought that the other was an intruder. So they had big fights together and the bigger one chased the little weevil. But this one din't give up and came back again and again with the little diabolic expression we can even see on the picture. I looked about 15 minutes to this game and left afterward. I don't know which one gave up the first..

Unfortunately I don't know the ID of these two creatures, the smaller one is probably a tiny weevil (ca 4-5mm) the other one may be a Carabidae, but I'm not sure.

Thanks a lot to Ivan (Argus) for the ID of the bigger beetle. His suggestion is: Plateumaris emarginata

Radomir (cicindela)has made his own observations in his critique, which may be interesting to read to interested people. Plateumaris emarginata doesn't seem to be found in Switzerland following his researches.

Marie-Christine (mariki) gives also the variant Plateumaris sericea, like Radomir and looking at it it seems quite convincing. It is an European species.

Alex99, mohaiminawang, eqshannon, crs, Dis. Ac., meyerd has marked this note useful
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To mariki: Un grand mercianel 1 10-05 06:22
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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-04 5:50]

Hi Anne.
I love insect pictured on a so fine flowers as lily. Excellent details of the beetles and attractive their location on a petal. Subject and composition of the image are great. I like delicate reproduction of the flower, nice colours and pleasant details, fine smooth BG. Well done and kind regards.

Hi Anne,

I like the composition of subject and colour, the soft yellow lily against black beetles is very attractive.TFS.


It is such a delicate shot that it gives the beetles some good character which is quite hard to do in that kingdom. I too have an image of this beetle and yet to have to ID it..I hope someone comes in and lets us both know....Nicely done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-04 6:44]

Hello Anne,
This looks like a meeting on the pretty flower petal between a Longhorn and a Weevil!
A lovely composition in beautiful colours and showing fine details.
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-04 6:55]
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Hello Anne,
Great to be able to capture two species of beetle on the same lily flower. The small weevil is a mystery to me but the slightly larger beetle looks like a Chrysomelid beetle, Plateumaris emarginata.
An interesting sharp and well-presented macro.
Thanks for sharing it and have a good weekend,

Hello Anne!
I must say that I had a hige problem to find ID to this species of Chrysomelidae (subfamily Donacinae).
The ID by Ivan is not too clear as for me, becaus eof two reasons:
1. according to Fauna Europea web data base, there are only Plateumaris affinis (Kunze 1818), P. consimilis (Schrank 1781), P. discolor (Panzer 1795), P. rustica (Kunze 1818), and P. sericea (Linnaeus 1761) known from Switzerland. There is not species noted by Ivan.
2. according to Chrysomelidae picture data base (http://culex.biol.uni.wroc.pl/cassidae/European%20Chrysomelidae/donaciinae.htm), there is no species like Plateumaris emarginata in Europe (some synonim of other name?).
Unfortunatelly I could not find any similar species (to be sure in 100%, there are some +/- similar :>), so here and now only my best congratulations because photographing this interesting species :)
The second one is some Curculionidae of course :)

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-04 11:59]

Hi Anne,

I like the way you have chosen DOF showing well the texture of insect's wings. Second insect with that funny "nose" is well shown too. There is a good contrast between the insects and the backgrund.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Anne
They say a picture is worth a thousand words...well this superbly captured image springs to life with your little story. I can envisage the scene perfectly and have observed much the same behaviour.
Many thankss for truly outstanding picture and description.
All the Best

Bonjour Anne,

Belle présentation de ces deux insectes. Bon angle de vue. Plongée dans la détermination de mon propre insecte, je n'ai pas eu le temps de regarder pour le tien. Très bonne exposition et superbes couleurs.
Bon dimanche,

PS: je pense que ça ressemble beaucoup à l'espèce p. sericae. Il semble qu'il y ait beaucoup de couleurs possibles pour cette espèce

Annae, como en muchas de tus tomas, observo una gran sensibilidad por tu parte a la hora de captar estos momentos con un especial cuidado en el enfoque y sobre todo en las tonalidades.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

Hola Anne, bonita composición de esta toma nitida y con buena luz y color. Un saludo

Hi Anne,

good composition of the two beetles.
Great contrat between the beetls and flower.
I like the pov.
Suburp bg and sharpness.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-10-05 11:06]

Hallo Anne,
ein lustiges Bild! Der obere Käfer ist aus meiner Sicht Plateumaris sericea(L.) , der seidige Rohrkäfer (Chrysomelidae). Ivan meinte vielleicht die gleiche Art. Diese ist 7-10 mm lang und überall in Europa anzutreffen, besonders auf Schwertlilien (sic!). Also wieder etwas Neues für TN!
Einen schönen Abend wünscht Dir

Hallo Anne,
nettes Bild dieser beiden Käfer.
Die gelbe Blume bietet einen guten Kontrast zu den Käfern.
Mir gefällt auch die Gute und witzige Position der Käfer.
Beste Grüsse

Ciao Anne,
bellissima composizione per questi due piccoli "scalatori" di petali, eccellenti POV e DOF, ottima definizione dei dettagli, molto belli i colori e questo giallo delicato.

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