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Bee Beetle / Trichius zonatus

Bee Beetle / Trichius zonatus
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Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-01 4:50
Viewed: 4937
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Trichius zonatus Germar, 1831

Bee beetle is the name given to several beetle species of the Scarabaeidae family, mainly Trichius fasciatus, but also for example Trichius fasciatus. The whole body is covered with yellow hairs and resemble bumble bees - hence the name. The wing-cases (elytra), have yellow and black stripes. The colour vary from creamy-yellow to deep orange. They can reach about 9 to 12 mm in length. The larvae develop in rotting wood, the adults can be found on flowers in June and Juli.

Note in italiano Trichius zonatus, noto anche come T. rosaceus, ha la colorazione nera delle elitre molto variabile. La macchia anteriore non si prolunga però mai fino allo scutello, come invece avviene in Trichius fasciatus.


Happy new year 2008

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Hi Marcello,
Wonderful close up picture. The image is very sharp and color clarity is perfect. Nice seeing pollens all over the body of this Bee Beetle. Happy New Year to you.

ciao Marcello
macro piena di caldi colori primaverili
interessante coleottero intriso di polline
con la solita dettagliata nota
Ti auguro il migliore inizio per il 2008


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-01-01 7:48]

Buongiorno Marcello,
you start this NEW YEAR with a sunny and bright picture showing a Trichius species which has been rarely if at all posted to TN. Your presentation focuses exactly on the beetle and shows the characteristic and distinguished colour pattern of the beetle. Pollen can be identified on the elytrae very clearly due to the high sharpness you achieved.
In 2007, you have enriched the insect scene at TN significantly and I always like to see your 'small' masterworks characterized by pleasant colours, excellent sharpness and beautiful composition.
All the best wishes to you and your family for 2008,

Hello Marcello,
Very good colours. Good POV and DOF. Beautiful Bee beetle; the patterns are very well displayed.

Hello Marcello,

Beautiful picture of this beetle. Great composition. Very good sharpness and splendid vivid colours.


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-01 9:26]

Ciao Marcello,
Bel macro!
Nitida e ben composta, complimenti!

Ciao Marcello
excellent macro-shot, perfect focus, very sharp with wonderfull colors and splendid lighting,
have a wonderfull new year,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-01 12:14]

Evvai Marcello,si ricomincia coi capolavori,scommetto che non stai piu' nella pelle che arrivi la nuova stagione.eheheh..io non so piu' cosa mettere,continuo a riciclare ma le scorte sono quasi esaurite..comunque questa e' stupenda e perfetta come nel tuo stile,grazie,Luciano

Ciao Marcello,
This is a very fine macro in such closeness!
the exposure and focus is spot on with sharpness, vivid colour and details
very well done indeed

Excellent work Marcello.
A perfect capture of this attractive insect.
It is one I have not seen before on TN
A very good note with it too.
Well done!

Ciao Marcello, foto che emana il profumo della primavera siciliana, magnifici i colori, eccellente come al solito la qualità, bellissima, un grande inzio per il 2008, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-02 6:37]

Hello Marcello,
I recognise this little fellow that's always nice to come across! He looks very busy here picking up lots of pollen from the pretty flower. Excellent sharpness and fine colours in this fine composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-02 13:08]

Hello Marcello,
nice capture beautiflly presenting this colourful beetle
great details and beautiful colors, very informative note
thanks and best wishes

Ottima macro, bellissimi colori e buona nitidezza.
Ciao Maurizio

Hola Marcello, en mis guías tampoco la encontré. Te mando unos enlaces ya que coinciden con mi fotografía y creo que es la misma especie.
Tu fotografía es impresionante por enfoque, luz , colores y textura, ademas las plantas y colores que la rodean hace que sea una toma especial. Un abrazo: J. Ignasi





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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-07 10:15]

Hi Marcello.
Simply brilliant subject and close-up picture. Amazing details, vibrant colours, great DOF and sunlight. POV and composition are superb too. Bravo and TFS.

Grazie Marcello la tua esperienza mi ha salvato
complimenti per le foto stupende nei colori e nei dettagli

Un saluto

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