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Beetle


Beetle
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Copyright: Enio Branco (Brutamonte) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 92] (1202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H50
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A bug very strange.. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-01 6:53
Viewed: 3775
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Portuguese]
Beetles are the group of insects with the largest number of known species. They are placed in the order Coleoptera (from Greek κολεός, koleos, "sheath"; and πτερόν, pteron, "wing", thus "sheathed wing"), which contains more described species than in any other order in the animal kingdom, constituting about 25% of all known life-forms.[1] 40% of all described insect species are beetles (about 350,000 species[1]), and new species are frequently discovered. Estimates put the total number of species, described and undescribed, at between 5 and 8 million.

Beetles can be found in almost all habitats, but are not known to occur in the sea or in the polar regions. They interact with their ecosystems in several ways. They often feed on plants and fungi, break down animal and plant debris, and eat other invertebrates. Some species are prey of various animals including birds and mammals. Certain species are agricultural pests, such as the Colorado potato beetle Leptinotarsa decemlineata, the boll weevil Anthonomus grandis, the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum, and the mungbean or cowpea beetle Callosobruchus maculatus, while other species of beetles are important controls of agricultural pests. For example, beetles in the family Coccinellidae ("ladybirds" or "ladybugs") consume aphids, scale insects, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects that damage crops.

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hello Enio
beautiful picture
good details of the beetle
nice colours
greeting lou

Hello Enio
What a beautiful beetle, i like his yellow color
great pose and composition
excellent shot
TFS Jacqueline

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