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Close-up on a Popler Borer

Close-up on a Popler Borer
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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, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-14 4:47
Viewed: 3215
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello all,

Here is a Poplar Borer (Saperda calcarata) I photographed in 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 using a Raynox lens.


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 borerís 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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Great details in view on the insect here, Michel.
So how are you, my friend? We sort of lost touch over the years.
Thanks for sharing this lovely picture from your archives.

Hello Michel,
Thank you for your critique on my recent picture,
What a amazing details on this insect, this is very good macro shot! I love the framing and the sharpness exact details with wonderful colours,
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Michel,

Quite amazing macro image you have here Michel, certainly gives us a different perspective of this critter, fabulous detailed sharpness throughout and good colour saturation, Major League stuff here, Best Regards,


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2011-04-14 8:52]

this is Incredible !!!
great macro

Hi Michel,

Good macro shot!
The sharpness is great & the green BG too.
Well done & TFS.


Hello Michel,
Great macro capture with amazing details, excellent sharpness and lovely colours. I also like POV and uniform green BG. Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-14 12:30]

Hello Michel,
What an excellent macro! You can see every little detail. Good choice of composition. Beautiful natural colours against a very nice BG.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-14 13:58]

Salut Michel.C'est une macro extraordinaire sans doute!Quels details,couluers et gestion de la lumiere,un travail tres professionel et un gros plaisir a regarder.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-04-15 19:03]

Hello Michel,
What an impressive close-up of this interesting insect. The detail is superb and the coloration is natural and very attractive. Exceptional sharp focus, it actually looks like it is covered in fur. Your camera performed extremely well for you on this fine shot. Super shot!!

Hi Michel,
An excellent close up of this interstingly looking bug, showing intricate details of its skins patterns and fine hairs, not forgetting the huge eye and probuscis, well done.

Lovely and fantastic details Michel! I like these kind of shots because they can show what naked eye cannot see. BTW how are you?

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