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Alien dog
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Copyright: Oz Rittner (Oz1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 105 macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects and other small creatures gallery [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-30 14:34
Viewed: 7353
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coniocleonus excoriatus (Curculionidae).
This specie is known only from one mountain in Israel, Mt.Hermon. it was found at the peak of 2000m.
about 17mm in length.
These beetles are favorites of mine and I amuse myself all the time with the thought that if an alien would have a dog, it will look like a Curculionid beetle.

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Hi Oz,
Interesting creature, greatly capturing this unique beetles. Sharp with great details. Nicely composed picture.

Ben Lakitan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-31 5:02]

What an interesting capture, Oz!
Great sharp details, excellent POV and very nice colors.
A quite unique animal, indeed.
Bravo and TFS

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-31 5:42]

Hi Oz,
Great picture of this weevil.
Great DOF, position, sharpness and BG


Hi Oz,
Very good macro. Nice sharp detail with excellent light, color, and DOF. Good low side POV as well..
I hope that you remain safe..
Very well done.

Hi Oz,
furry body, pretty eyes, funny nose - that rare endemite you present us here does resemble a dog! Excellent colours and details, and a perfectly chosen low point of view to create an encounter of great directness.
Thank you! Best regards,

Hola Oz,
Muy intersante foto de esta especie, algo parecida a una que estuve fotografiando hace una hora en mi jardín ( aqui le decimos bicho moro), espero que hayan salido pŕra publicar en TN. Exclentes detalles en el cuerpo y uso del flash.

PD: si necesitas alguna foto del curculionidae, avisame.

Hello Oz!
I do not know why I overlooked this picture before... It is fantastic! Great details and sharpness, and contrast is also amazing! Bravo for this photo also because of insect size - Curculionidae are not a "huge" insects, and even if this one is not the smallest it is not easy to take a good quality image of so convext beetle.
Note is not very long but I can find there interesting details about species and that is another plus of this presentation.
Summarizing: bravo and TFS!
Best withes,

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