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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-06 6:58
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Hello all,

Here is a Poplar Borer (Saperda calcarata) I photographed last July 26th, 2009 at Sherbrooke, Quebec.

This is a quite big bug and was very fascinating to observ. I was able to get this picture with my bridge Panasonic FZ-20.


Swollen bark areas, sap run and piles of frass around the entrance to galleries near the base of the trunk and the roots are signs of the poplar borer’s presence. Bark swelling caused by larval activity is more visible in young poplars. The insect prefers trees with a diameter just over 10 cm, in low density stands.

The insect has a long life cycle, extending over 3 to 4 years. The adults feed on the foliage and the tender bark of twigs. The females lay their eggs in slits they have cut in the bark. After hatching, the larvae begin feeding in the cambium and then penetrate into the heartwood by creating deep galleries. In the spring of the last year of larval development, the larvae change into pupae and then into adults.

The poplar borer is a species native to North America. It is found throughout the geographic range of poplar in Canada and the United States. The borer usually attacks poplars growing on poor sites.

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nice shot, good detail and sharpness on the insect, nice colour good composition :)

hello Michel
this is very good
so sharpness and great details with beautiful colours
very nice pose
greeting lou

Hello Michel,
The exposure is spot on! The ambient lighting was perfect as there are no washout or overpowering highlights especially on the elytra or wings. Subdued lighting I would say works the best for this scenario and you managed very well. Paul :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-07 4:51]

Bonjour Michel,
Une image très intéressante et prise avec un parfait timing! Pas facile de réussir ce genre d'images. La présentation est plaisante, la netteté excellente et le fait de voir les ailes inférieures rend la photo d'autant plus précieuse.
Un grand merci donc

Hello Michel,
WOW this is a stunning image. Good clear detail and beautiful colors. This is really a superb shot. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

Hi Michel,
I found this picture by chance. I have to make it one of my favorites, it is so incredibly good: composition, background, sharpness, DOF, the transparent, diffuse light . And then this most difficult of subjects, a beetle taking off. The wings have yet to be unfolded completely. GREAT work, Michel.
My best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-04-16 3:50]

Hello Michel,
such a perfect moment to shoot this borer. You have composed it so well with the sharpness and clarity well documented. The texture of the tree bark is so artistic and the softness of the green background is very pleasant.
Exciting composition that give your shot a stunning view and very stylish scene.


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