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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-14 9:52
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Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At night time, this beetle was attracted by fluorescent light. I took several pictures as this beetle landed on the wall. In original, the reflection from this pale colored wall is a bit harsh. I used software to reduce this reflection. Hope it is OK.

With comment from Cicindela (Radomir Jaskula), I identified this beetle as a memeber of Scarabaeidae family and Rutelinae subfamily. Probably a female 'Anomalocera subopaca'. In local name "maeng noon".
I am a city boy and not familiar with insects. People in upcountry eat "maeng noon" as a source of protein. Any help in confirmation or correction would be grateful.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Rutelinae

The family Scarabaeidae as presently defined consists of over 30,000 species of beetles worldwide. The species in this large family are often called scarabs or scarab beetles. The classification of this family is fairly unstable, with numerous competing theories, and new proposals appearing quite often.

Scarabs are stout-bodied beetles, many with bright metallic colors, measuring between 5-60 mm. They have distinctive, clubbed antennae composed of plates called lamellae that can be compressed into a ball or fanned out like leaves to sense odors. The front legs are broad and adapted for digging.

From: Wikipedia

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Hello Jitti!
Very nice picture, very sharp and detailed. On the other hand I think that this is not a Lucanidae species but member of Scarabaeidae, most probably subfamily Melolonthinae. But you are right, this is a female.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-14 11:15]

Hi Jitti,

Nice close-up of this beetle. And you did a good job on the background. You caught him in a good pose - you captured the shine of his body well.


hi jitti,
sharp image with good details, nice composition,
tfs & regards

HI JItti,
Great shot, very nice details.
Interesting insect.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-15 4:00]

Hi Jitti,
Splendid shot of the beetle this. Very neat and sharp with fine focus. The sheen on its body is looks nice. You have managed the harsh BG well here. Looks really regal. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

I shot this Beetle in India last year during the rains under similar circumstances, JC. It had got attracted to the light and had fallen into a wash-basin inside the house. Here is a picture of it.
The Beetle looks definitely stout. The coloration has come out darker in your picture, perhaps because of different lighting conditions and PP work.
Nevertheless, it is good capture.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-15 14:23]

Hello Jitti

Excellent focus with sharp details.Well placed in the frame with well saturated colours.Good use of flash fill.TFS


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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-06-25 10:26]

Hello Jitti!
I like your beetle despite the difficult light conditions. It's details are vivid and the contrasty white wall is not a drawback - even with the flash.
Greetings and tfs!

nice shot!

it's a species of genus Sophrops, widespread over the oriental biozone

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