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Sawing Support Beetle

Sawing Support Beetle
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 87 N: 2161] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swisss Trip [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-07 16:53
Viewed: 5835
Points: 30
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Well Thanks to Marek I have an ident of Sawing Support Beetle (Prionus coriarius) on of the larger LongHorn Beetles which can reach 40mm in size, and if I read the skethy notes about it's life cycle right the female lays her eggs in the cracks on dead branches the larva living in the dead wood under the bark for 2 or 3 years before emerging as this monster.
If I am incorrect in any of these details please tell me and I will correct it.

Well folks HELP needed here please, I have just wasted an evening trying to name this monster of a beetle, it is over 35mm long not including the antennae, and was in my opinion bigger than the Maykaffer / Cockchafer beetle, it found us by hitting my brother in the face in full flight, he thought he had been shot and it fell to the ground where I got this and a couple more before it flew off again.
Taken during our walk across the high valley of Bargis at 1552m high from which you have seen a few images already, to view the others click the link to the Swiss trip theme to the left.
crop to size
Adjustment layer- colour greens and desaturated -17% to compensate for the greenery being a little over bright.
sharpen with USM
and hope you can help with the ident please. Again thanks to all for the attempt at naming it especially Marek who nailed it thanks.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Markus: very wrong IDcosmln 3 07-21 13:11
To cedryk: Thanks MichalRobbrown 2 07-13 19:37
To Markus: Thanks MarekRobbrown 1 07-08 16:14
To PDP: Thanks PaulRobbrown 1 07-07 18:04
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  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-07 17:05]
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Hi Rob, it does look like a bit of a monster. I can't be much help on the ID other than to say it's a longhorn (family Cerambycidae) of some kind. I've had a look at what I have and I can't find it.

Nice shot, good pose - I hopw your brother is OK :-)

Well it is a big one, strange you had not seen before. Nice DOF you got in this shot, to configure a fine scene.
I am afraid I cannot help you with this ones.
Best wishes in this difficult moment. We know what it is.

A wonderfully clear capture of the insect.
Light has been used very nicely here.
BG is a great asset in this composition.
POV is great.


ooh! big monster, nice shot

I post the same "monster" ;)


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-08 2:43]

Fantastic macro, Robert. Sharp details, good exposure and composition. Well done and TFS. : )

Great shot Rob,
Well composed, good detail, colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured, no idea on ID though. Thanks for posting.
Have a good weekend

Hi, very good shot, DOF could be better, but this animal is too big, I think. I cannot agree with cosml: S. meridianus is more delicate. I think, that this is longhorn beetle Prionus coriarius, female.
Best wishes,


Very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Good visual impact. TFS.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-08 13:45]

very nice one Robert,
fantastic shot, good capture, great composition, good in pov, I don't know the specie of this beetle, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-09 3:43]

Beautiful and interesting shot for this big insect ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Robert.

Interesting insect Rob, great capture with nice details to appreciate. Good job.

  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2005-07-10 5:43]


is posible to be a Stenocorus meridianus
check at http://www.uochb.cas.cz/~natur/cerambyx/stenmer.htm

is not a prionus coriarius (http://www.uochb.cas.cz/~natur/cerambyx/prionuscor.htm) chech here.


I like the close up view of this MONSTER, Robert.

Color/levels: ***
Composition/placement: ****
Exposure: ***
Focus/sharpness: ***
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Impact: ****

Overall: ****

*Acceptable, **Average, ***Good, ****Great, *****Outstanding

Hello, in opinion it's neither Stenocorus nor Prionus but Oxymirus cursor, species that is typical especially for hilly and mountain areas. This is a female I believe. Compare:
and tell what you think :-)

Hi Rob,
Great shot and composition, excellent sharpnes and POV.
Intesting note.

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