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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world, Insects' World, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of Europe, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world, Insects (Insecta), Tiger beetles saga [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-20 10:02
Viewed: 7954
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear TN Friends!
If you remember, I am always presenting pictures with tiger beetles in some "special moments" for me. And this presentation is no exception. Four days ago and after five long years, finally I completely finished my adventure with PhD! And please believe me, it is a great feeling to realize something like that to "the end"! :>

I know that there is rather no tradition to dedicate pictures from TN for someone who is not a TN member but this time I would like to do it. Because of at least two important reasons why I would like to dedicate this photo to my dear Kamilka. The first one is that Her kindly help and aid allowed me to finish writting my PhD thesis. The second, strictly connected with beetle presented here, is that She helped me a lot in collecting tiger beetles during my last two trips to the Balkans. Dear Kami, MANY THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!!! :>

Here on the picture there is a female of Cicindela (Cicindela) sylvicola Dejean, 1822 which comes from Djavolja Varos (you can see how this area looks like here). This species (15-19mm) is restricted to C and S Europe and prefers sandy places usually in mountain areas.

If you remember this is the 5th part of my "Cicindelidae saga" so let me present you some other facts about this amazing group of insects (see also parts 1, 2, 3, and 4).

The question for today is:
Are Cicindelidae important also from ecomomical point of view?

Really there is rather small number of data about role of tiger beetles in human life. Of course as predators they are important controllers of some arthropod pests like in case of N American Tetrach virginica which is used for reducing number of some species of mole crickets (genus Scapteriscus) introduced to SE USA from S America. Some tiger beetles appear to be natural predators of the Colorado potato beetle too.

In one case tiger beetles were noted as organisms which may help to control disease vectors - adults of West African Cicindela octoguttata regulary feed at the edges of rain puddles and capture larvae of several mosquito species in the shallow water.

These were possitives, but is there any negative economic effects? Of course there are some. In some arboreal Neocollyris species from SE Asia larvae cause some damage to... coffee plants as they construct their burrows in the live branches. Interesting is that these larvae also eat pest insects attracted to the plant.

Thank you in advance for your time and comments, and of course please feel to be invited to visit the 6th part of "Cicindelidae saga" in the future! :>

nglen, PaulH, gerbilratz, Silvio2006, eqshannon, jrobertop, horia, haraprasan, fartash, uleko, izler, Jamesp, marhowie, Alex99, ridvan, JORAPAVI, oscarromulus, peter_stoeckl, dejo has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Mana: thank you!cicindela 1 10-30 03:51
To oscarromulus: thank you!cicindela 1 10-27 09:04
To ridvan: thank you Ridvan!cicindela 1 10-22 11:47
To Alex99: thank you Alexei!cicindela 1 10-22 11:06
To marhowie: thank you!cicindela 1 10-22 11:03
To ralfsworld: Thank you Ralf!cicindela 1 10-22 11:01
To uleko: thank you Ulla!cicindela 1 10-21 13:20
To haraprasan: many thanks!!cicindela 1 10-21 04:26
To horia: thanks!!cicindela 1 10-21 04:23
To eqshannon: Hello Arnold and Bob!! :)cicindela 1 10-21 04:19
To IulianGherghel: surprices and thanks :)cicindela 1 10-20 13:52
To Silvio2006: Thank you Silvio!cicindela 1 10-20 13:49
To jesst: thank you!cicindela 1 10-20 13:48
To gerbilratz: Thank you Howard!cicindela 1 10-20 13:47
To marcellr: Thank you Marcello!cicindela 1 10-20 13:46
To GLEM: thank you!cicindela 1 10-20 13:44
To nglen: thank you Nick!cicindela 1 10-20 13:40
To Argus: thank you Ivan!!cicindela 1 10-20 13:39
To PaulH: thank you Paul!cicindela 1 10-20 13:34
To joey: thank you!!cicindela 1 10-20 13:32
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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-20 10:04]
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Great shot of this scary-looking but colourful beetle.
+++ Excellent sharpness and detail. Superb colours, lighting, and good use of flash. I love the low-down POV. Great DOF.
--- Nothing :)
Well done Radomir,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-20 10:11]
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Hi Radomir. what a strange looking bug you have here. fantastic detail and colour. you have captured it with sharp focusing. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-20 10:15]
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Hello Radomir,
Or should I call you Dr. Jaskula now? If so congratulations!
You depict a superb Cicindela species that is new to me as it is not found in Sweden. Nicely shown with good sharpness where necessary. I am very fond of your Tiger Beetle shots!
Thanks for showing this one and enjoy your weekend,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-10-20 10:16]
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salut Radomir
superbe image de ce scarabé, j'aime particlulièrement sa tête de prédateur. Bon Pov avec un fond caillouteux qui va bien au sujet.

well done

Ciao Radomir,
complimenti per l'ottima foto e per la fine della tua avventura con PhD!
Spero di contribuire con altre foto di cicindele dalla Sicilia alla tua "Cicindela saga".


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-20 10:39]
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Hi Radomir,
another great post with exceptional detail and clarity. The setting of fine, loose stone is great and those hairy legs are brilliant.
Congratulations on finishing the PhD too, i'm sure all your hard work will pay off in the years to come.

lovely pov and subject...great detail and good information

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-20 11:02]
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Wonderful macro! Detail is amazing and composition is very good

Hi Radomir, splendid macro of strange bug, I never see before, thanks, with beautiful deatails and great sharpness, wonderful colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Rodomir,
Beautiful shot.
Great and original pov and nice dof and compo.
For tommorow I have a surprise for you :D I hope to like it. :)
Best regards,

Hi Radomir,
I liked this! Splendid macro!
Excellent texture, sharpness and interesting POV.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Well done!
My best regards,
José Roberto

hello radomir,
fine capture of the insect, sharp image, the legs with spikes look great, nice focus, good dof, lovely natural colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-20 22:27]
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Hello my dear friend and a BIG set of CONGRATULATIONS!!!
I an indeed very happy for you and glad to hear that those difficult and stressing times are over.

This is a splendid macro shot and a charming dedication!
Your tiger beetles have always been a fascinating subject and made wonderful subjects for this typs pf photography.
The details on this one here are impeccable - very sharp and clear, with a lot of attention to texture.
The colors and contrast here are very nic, too and enhanced by the very exact metering and exposure parameters.
The excellent DOF completes this lovely composition.

BRAVO, my friend, for all your work, not onnly this beautiful post!

Hi Radomir,
Should I mention Dr. or not :D. CONGRATS on completing your Ph.D. A lovely dedication this picture is. Excellent details and very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Very unusual yet pretty in a strange way. Good image and one for all to mull over.

Hello Radomir
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Great focusing,composition and BG,
Fantastic colors and POV

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-21 9:42]
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Hello Radomir,
Congratulations on getting your PhD!
Really impressive macro of this Tiger Beetle showing interesting textures and fine colours.
Very interesting! It seems to have enormous jaws! Thanks for the note too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-10-21 13:55]

selam Radomir
its really interesting and strange insect for me but i see wonderful close-up working on this
composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

It is really nice to hear your news! Even your presentation of this sharp bug (which I probably will never noticed on the ground) is in high quality.

Hi Radomir,
Excellent details and notes..
Congratulations on your accomplishment.
You must be proud.

Hi Radomir,

You have captured an amazing level of detail and the colours work really effectively. He's a rather odd looking chap, although he's been beautifully photographed.

Kind regards,


What a strange looking insect this is! It looks like having a beak :) Every detail can clearly be seen. This is very interesting. Thanks,

Hola Radomir,
Mi mas sincera felicitación, por el título alcanzado. La dedicatoria seguro que bien merecida. La foto excelente con gran definición y detalles de este curioso escarabajo, gracias por compartirlo, saludos
José Ramón

Hi, dear Radomir.
How well I understand you. I remember all details of my two dissertations very well despite the passed time and remember my feelings after the defenses. My great congratulations. Be the way, when I worked on my first Candidate theses I had no time for anything including photography (only family (two little sons) and work. You have dome significantly more. Bravo.

Perfect little cicindela :- ))). Amazing shot. Crisp details and great DOF. Excellent flash light and framing. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-23 11:42]

Hello Radomir
A splendid capture of this curious cicindela, as all the others! Magnificent sharpness, POV and DOF. I like this one even more than the formers, and the note is very interesting too.
I'm looking forward for the 6th part.
Congratulations and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-24 0:37]

Hello Radomir,
At first congratulations for your PhD. You must be happy to have finished (I never finished mine)
I have discovered the cicindelas with your pictures on TN. And since I have seen many of them. But to take a picture, it is quite a problem! You must be quicker than these rapid beetles. So I have to congratulate a second time for this beautiful and sharp picture of a female.
Merci et bonne journée

selam radomir ; excellent macro shot and very good composition of this interesting insect .nice pov with splendid colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

Loved your notes and explanation re: your non TN member friend.
Loved your notes, by the way.
Congratulations Dr.R.Jaskula.
Great photography work.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-30 1:27]
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Hi Radomir,
First of all CONGRATULATIONS on completing your PhD. Must be great feeling.
Wonderful shot of this beetle, very sharp and colourful. They really do come in many varieties and atleast I have not seen one which doesn't look beautiful. I like the natural surrounding here and the pose captured. Excellent POV and Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Radomir,
after looking at the drab coloured thumbnail, the gloomingly lustrous colours of head and thorax come as an excitingly colurful surpice. Precise details, perfect handling of soft backlight, a perfectly placed focus. I love the very clearly pictured furry legs. A wonderfully close approach, performed with much deliberation and skill, a high quality result definitely not easy to achieve from such a quick moving, highly volatile and wary target.
Great work. Thank you! With best regards,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-29 16:09]

Hi Radomir,
These are really amazing beetles, very fast, but you capture them with fantastic details, sharpness and clarity, and that is not easy work!
great pose and POV in this pic,
best regards, Dejan

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