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Cock Chafer

Cock Chafer
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-15 4:17
Viewed: 4136
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Imagines (i.e., adults) of the common cockchafer reach sizes of 25–30 mm, the forest cockchafer is a bit smaller (20–25 mm). The two species can best be distinguished by the form of their pygidium (the back end): it is long and slender in the common cockchafer, but shorter and knob-shaped at the end in the forest cockchafer. Both have a brown colour.

M. pectoralis looks similar, but its pygidium is rounded.

Male cockchafers have seven "leaves" on their antennae, whereas the females have only six.

The cockchafer should not be confused with the similar European chafer (Rhizotrogus majalis), which has a completely different life cycle, nor with the June beetles (Phyllophaga spp.), which are native to North America, nor with the summer chafer (or "European June bug", Amphimallon solstitiale), which emerges in June and has a two-year life cycle. (All of these are Scarabaeidae, have white grubs, and are turf pests, too.)

Thankyou for your comments

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-15 4:35]
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Joey, Nice note and nice shot. I love the white marks on the top of the insect. Were you waiting for the insect to come to the of the stick. Nice POV and good take. TFS ganesh

Hola friend Joe:

Your you have done a good apprehension and you us present it with an extraordinary brightness, can be told he up to the hair. Excellent definition, stumped bottom(fund) of very beautiful colors. You are a crack of the photo in macro. Congratulations.

An embrace

PS. Thank you for the commentaries that you do of my photos.

Hi Joe,
Excellent macro shot.
Great sharpness and fine details.


Wonderful close-up (yet again) very clear details (the little hairs are something!).

Nice composition!

Do you have a TV series of bugs on the edge. The title alone with bring in viewers enough to capture sweeps.

Seriously I do like your notion of capturing these on the edge of a stem or twig...it is something which seems to me at least, to bring in the casual viewer....and very well done for all things I might add.

Bob Pacific NW US

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-15 12:15]

selam joey; wow really excellent macro shot of this interesting insect , very good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-15 16:47]

Hi Joey

A really great shot of an insect I am not fond of! The detail and exposure are very good.

I was once in France when a swarm of these emerged from a swampy area - they do not fly well and bumped into everything!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-15 16:49]

Hi Joe. a very good shot of the Chafer. great detail and sharp focus. good colours and a nice POV and DOF. with good notes as well. very well done TFS.

Hola Joe,
Excelente macro de gran nitidez y buenos detalles, con luz y fondo agradables, Saludos
José Ramón

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