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Gaurotes virginea

Gaurotes virginea
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H10, Zeiss Tessar 40 mm
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 1, My Purple Obsession 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-19 7:50
Viewed: 3618
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Experiences with a compact camera for travel:

This 12 mm sized longhorn beetle has no english name (Coleoptera; Cerambycidae; Gaurotes virginea; Blaubock). I found it for the first time at 1'500 m a.s.l. on mount Cousimbert. It also seems to be a "First" on TN. Since Mt. Cousimbert is my favorite spot for bicycling you will have to endure more of my trials with a compact camera there.

The beetle occurs in mountainous forests, but not in UK nor in the Mediterranean region. Its larvae feed on pine or fir bark.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-19 7:56]

Hello Dietrich,
You make good use of your compact in capturing two specimens of what we call in Swedish Blåbock, the same as in German. The sharpness and DOF are excellent and leave a suitable OOF BG. Nice to see!
Thanks and best regards,

Qué bien trabaja esa Sony Dietrich. Preciso enfoque y una enorme profundidad de campo. Nitidez en el conjunto y gran belleza de esa pareja de cerambíceos.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Hello Dietrich,

A great capture with beautiful colors, sharpness & fine details. Nicely done & TFS.



Hallo Dietrich
Beautiful and very eye-catching. Compact camera excellently. I for one won't swap my compact camera for anything at this day in time; I am just too fond of it. The details and colours on both the flower and the beetle is great and portrays beautifully. The metallic beetle is very fascinating and lovely to look at. You have captured the prominent features like the big black eyes and the texture on the shield well and with great clarity. The contrast between the lilac flower and the metallic blue insect is magic, and is brought out to the best with the light used to your advantage. It was a sheer pleasure stopping by such a delightful image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-19 9:26]

Hi Dietrich,i know your camera and i think is perfect for pics like that...and the result is great,beautiful sharpness and excellents colors,not easy whit insects like that whit terribles green reflections on the body.Very nice composition too,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-19 10:44]

Very good insect photo!

hello Dietrich
super sharpness composition with great details
and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Dietrich,

Very impressive macro shot of the longhorn beetles! The details are very well shown. The dark metallic colors of the beetles give great contrast to the flower underneath. Above all, I like the natural metallic colors of the beetles, taken with great sharpness and from a well-chosen POV.
Very well seen!

warm greetings,
Paras Bhalla

Hi Dietrich

Great shot of these blue beetles, a first for me as well as TN. Superb compsoition on this purple flower. Excellent sharpness and DOF.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-08-20 2:21]

Lieber Dieter,
Schöne Farbenzusammenstellung auf diesem Bild. Und diese zwei Blauböcke sehen aus, als ob sie in den Kampf ziehen möchten mit ihren metallischen Panzern. Ich kann mit Dieter sehr gut vorstellen, wie er das Bild aufgenommen hat :-)! Originelles Bild und von guter Qualität.
Wünsche alles Gute
Auf bald

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-20 6:32]

Hello Dietrich,
I can to catch in very good light. Beetles look very attractive. Theirs forewings glitter with nice colours also composition is very good.
Regards, Pawel

Lieber Dieter,
aus einem trefflich gewählten Blickwinkel schräg von vorne gesehen wirkt dieses schöne Paar des Blaubocks besonders gewinnend. Und die hohe Tiefenschärfe Deines kompakten Reisebegleiters sorgt dafür, dass auch bei offener Blende die Käfer von vorne bis hinten scharf ins Bild gesetzt sind. Schöne, gut komponierte Präsentation.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

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