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Donacia at the pond

Donacia at the pond
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-09 11:10
Viewed: 3069
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There is a small pond located in an also small natura reserve close to my home. On May 1st, I checked the place for insects and found numerous. Some days ago I posted a picture of Libellula quadrimaculata and today I would like to introduce this small beetle, perhaps 8 - 10 mm in length and attracting by its golden metallic and iridescent surface. It is a species of the
- genus: Donacia
- family: Chrysomelidae
Donacia species live on plants quite close to the water. This one I found on a leaf of Iris pseudacorus which emerged from the pond, however, not yet flowering.
I can't give the exact species identity - it is not easy to distinguish the several species: There are about 25 in middle Europe.

- natural bright sun-light
- ISO 200
- hand-held shot

* Harde K.W. & Severa F. (1981) Der Kosmos-Käferführer. Franckhsche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart.
* Zahradnik J. (1985) Käfer Mittel- und Nordwesteuropas. Paul Parey, Hamburg, Berlin.
* Hofmann E. (1883, Reprint) Der Käfersammler. - Reprint-Verlag Leipzig.

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Very nice! My father and I ones saw this insect, but could not find it's name. Thanks to you we know! On the picture: Nice point of focus on the head. Very nicely presented. Compliments, Arjuna.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-09 11:15]

salut Peter,
belle image réalisée avec une vitesse lente, bravo pour la performance. Jolis détails et bon BG. Le dos est légèrement OE et le fils qui coupe au niveau du cou méritait un petit PP.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-05-09 11:44]

Bela foto agradavel inseto,parece que a luz sobre ele estourou a parte do seu corpo perdendo um pouco de nitidez,mais valeu o esforço.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-09 12:03]

selam peter; excellent macro shot of this pond,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-09 12:41]

Hello Peter,
This fine macro of a Donacia species evokes childhood memories: I used to see them when I went fishing.
Once again your steady hand has allowed excellent sharpness at only 1/60 sec, the high aperture giving a good DOF.
This, together with nice side lighting and pleasing BG contribute to a first class image of this species of Chrysomelid.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Peter!
Another very interesting creature on your picture. I really like to watch your photographs because I always find something nice and interesting :)
Very nice work, picure has good DOF and colours, I like also note.
Best greetings and TFS,

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-05-11 12:05]

Hi Peter,

Great picture of this beetle.
Great color, sharpness, lighting, DOF and background.


Hola Peter,
Una imagen excelente, la nitidez y detalles son muy buenos, aunque la luz un poco dura, no le resta calidad a la imagen. Saludos
José Ramón

Very good capture of this tiny but interesting beetle, Peter.
I like the glowing metallic sheen on its outer wings.
Every part of the subject is in sharp focus.
TFS and best regards.

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