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BIG BEETLES / Ergates faber, male

BIG BEETLES /  Ergates faber, male
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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: 2007-09-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Longhorn Beetles/ Cerambycidae Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-07 10:49
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Ergates faber (Linnaeus, 1767)

WORKSHOP: Mature larva

Ergates faber is one of the biggest beetles in Europa. It can reach the length of 60 mm (Length: 23-60 mm.)
Whole body is black-brown or reddish-brown. Head with large madibles. Antennae slightly overlapping elytral apex in male and middle part of elytra in female. Pronotum very transverse with slightly serrated lateral margins and with one lateral, postmedial tooth; disc with two smooth and shining elevations in male. Elytra finely granulated and punctured with two indistinct longitudinal costae. Apex of each elytron with a small, sharp, sutural spine.

Distribution. Central and South Europe, Caucasus, Turkey, North Africa

Biology The specie is closely related to dying wood, but it doesn’t blast living trees. The larvae develop in trunks, branches and occasionally roots of conifers (especially in Pinus and Picea). Larvae (see WORKSHOP) infest dead wood of greater diameter, moist stumps and roots, also in standing or fallen trunks. Life-cycle at least 3 years, with pupation in late spring and summer in the wood. The adults are active around sunset and can be found from late July until late September.


* Bense U.1995 – Longhorn Beetles. Illustrated Key to the Cerambycidae and Vesperidae of Europe. Margraf Verlag, Weikersheim, Germany.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-01-07 11:07]

Hello Marcello,

Very nice picture of this longhorn beetle. Good composition, good exposure and great sharpness. Nice natural colours.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-01-07 11:11]

Hi Marcello,
a good portrait of this rare beetle, Marcello. The diagonal framing is very appealing. Thanks for the nice picture!
Best regards

Ciao Marcello,
Thank you for sharing this great composition of Beetle!
Excellent sharpness with perfect exposure and focus in it!
the colouration is just awesome and beautiful!
great job indeed
thanks for the notes too

Ciao Marcello, la perfezione non č certo cosa per noi comuni mortali, ma potrei stare fino a domani a guardare questa tua splendida macro senza trovare difetto alcuno, in piů ci aggiungi una interessantissima nota ed un magnifico ws con la larva, una elegante presentazione e che ti devo dire, a tutto c'č un limite, anche ai superlativi che si possono usare nel commentare una foto, BRAVISSIMO, GRAZIE, ciao Silvio

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-07 11:58]

Ciao Marcello,
Bel macro di questo bell'insetto!
Mi piace lo sfondo, molto naturale!

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  • javig Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 20] (134)
  • [2008-01-07 12:19]

Una composición acertada, un fondo de color muy apropiado, y una iluminación que resalta las texturas de la superficie del escarabajo hacen de ésta una foto muy lograda, que retrata perfectamente este bello animal. Enhorabuena.

Hi Marcello,
This is a great macro shot, with amazing details and beautiful composition.


Hi Marcello,
Excellent macro. Perfect focus, natural colours. Well done.

Ciao Marcello,
A very clear image!
I like a lot the macro made of this insect, in which we can appreciate plenty of good details of it.
Good lighting and attractive composition.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Un placer ver esta maravilla Marcello, además
el fondo es muy adecuado, tanto por el contraste
como por los colores. Buen encuadre e iluminación.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-07 14:33]

Hola Marcello,
excelente macro,
detalles y nitidez...
buen trabajo,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-07 15:10]

Grandissima foto,perfetta,senza riflessi sul corpo,messa a fuoco esagerata...un lavoro da..Marcello insomma...io ho esaurito le foto degli insetti per cui mi dedichero' ai vegetali...che venga alla svelta primavera,ciao e grazie,Luciano.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-07 15:49]

Hello Marcello,
I like this picture very much, perfect pose and sharpness, great composition and beautiful lichen mosaic as a background
best regards, Dejan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-08 1:27]

Hello Marcello,
What a beautiful Longhorn Beetle very well captured. The details and colours are excellent and I like the composition with the beautiful colours of rock and lichens as the background.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-08 2:29]

Woah! 60mm?! That is BIG!!
And what a shot you've got of it as well!
The diagonal composition works perfectly and you bird's-eye POV is superb.
You couldn't really have got a better BG for it either!
It stands out like a sore thumb!
Great detail and texture.
Very well done Marcello!

Hi Marcello,
A lovely capture of this beetle. Very good details and composition along with the mature larvae in the WS. Nice and informative notes too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bela foto de grande qualidade vejo em suas fotos muita tecnica de macro e que admiro muito parabéns.

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