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?Prionus coriarius/Stenocorus meridianus

?Prionus coriarius/Stenocorus meridianus
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (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, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swisss Trip [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-10 16:17
Viewed: 6220
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well this is not the image I had planned to post today which had been another dragonfly.
Why this one well I posted a sideways view of this the other day click here to view.
2 names have come to the fore 1st came Sawing Support Beetle (Prionus coriarius) which I looked at myself on the net and thought a pretty good match, but another contender has sneaked up in the form of (Stenocorus meridianus).
it was suggested that a top view might help so here it is. To refresh people memory of how we came to find this 40mm monster. My wife Terry, myself and brother were out for walk around the high level valley of Bargis at 1552m looking at the alpine flowers and butterflies when this beast flew at high speed into my brothers face, he thought he had been shot, needless to say it hurt Ouch!!!!
I got 3 overhead shots of which this is the best, and 2 side views before it flew off again to carry on its life.
Crop to size at 720dpi
adjustment layer - desaturate the greens a fraction at they where very over vivid (Fujii green)
Sharpen Via Mode > Lab Colour > Channels > Lightness > USM >Mode > RGB.
Save image to print file
Image size reduce to 72dpi
Save As to keep the exif data.
post and hope you enjoy a 2nd viewing of this beast which is another in the Swiss Trip, to link to the rest click on the theme to the left.

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To sAner: Now backin the UKRobbrown 2 07-12 06:54
To cosmln: Thanks for putting in so much timeRobbrown 1 07-10 18:23
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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2005-07-10 17:00]
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me again for the last time i think tommorrow i go for 12 days.
the strange thing is the size you raport.
in europe are only few species so large (35-40mm) and is not the case for that. all that species are very caracteristica;

are 2 species possible (but both are much smaller max 25 mm), please take a look, i think you will see more if you loof at the phtot. lepturini in general is a not very easy group.

Stenocorus meridianus

and Oxymirus cursor

both are common species in Europe.

and again i think you exagerate in the size. in many case beetle appear more larger when see.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1462 W: 74 N: 1428] (4750)
  • [2005-07-11 6:31]
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Hello Rob,

I hope you're still enjoying your stay in Switzerland, but judging by your posts, the answer is yes. :) I like this picture. The high POV is very nice and the composition is good. Details are sharp and the BG (the underground) is great. Well done & TFS!


Good POV and detail; glad you deaturated the greens a fraction as they are lovely. Nice sharpness. Good post, Rob!


I give my votes to Oxymirus again :-) The one depicted on the given website is a bit dark - usually they look exactly as the one on your picture :-)
Best greetings,

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