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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 2:04
Viewed: 3344
Points: 48
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This tiger beetle along with another POV in WS I dedicate to Radek (Radomir Jaskula *cicindela*). On my way home from Darjeeling by train it was raining heavily outside. This colorful fella came and sat on my cousin brother's jean pant. And allowed me to take some snaps. The train was shaky but I managed to take some decent shots. I don't know the exact ID for this beetle. Hope Radek will make identification of this one.

Something about tiger beetles.

Like all beetles, Tiger Beetles have chewing mouthparts and hardened front wings (elytra) that meet in a straight line down the back of the abdomen when closed. Tiger beetles closely resemble their relatives the Ground Beetles (Carabidae), but can be distinguished by their overlapping sickle-shaped jaws. Most Kentucky species are shiny, metallic blue, green, copper, or orange.

Like all beetles, tiger beetles have "complete" metamorphosis with egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages. Female tiger beetles place eggs into small holes dug into soil. Upon hatching, larvae find dry soil and constuct vertical tubes where they will later pupate. Adults emerge from the tubes in summer.

Tiger beetles are predators that feed on small insects, spiders, and other athropods. They are fast, agile flyers, and are able to catch insects in the air.

Tiger beetle larvae are also predators, and have a lifestyle very similar to antlion larvae. Tiger beetles live in vertical tunnels in sandy soil where they wait for ants, spiders, other other small creatures. When prey gets close enough, the larva pops out and grabs it.

Tiger beetles are very closely related to ground beetles (family Carabidae), and most of the beetles in both of these groups are predators both as larvae and adults.

There are a few tiger beetle species that are threatened or endangered.

Because of their bright, striking color patterns, tiger beetles are very popular insects.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Adephaga
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Cicindelinae

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-26 2:09]

Hola Harap.
original insecto,
detalles y color originales tonos...
excelente macro amigo,

Dear Haraprasan!!!
Wow, I could not imagine better picture and dedication! Thank you very much!!! You really know what I like! ;)
According to the name of species, this is Calochroa falvomaculata flavomaculata (Hope, 1831). It is divived into 3 subspecies, with only nominative one known from Asia (all tropical part of this continent), two other subspecies: ssp. sexignata (Mandl, 1954) and ssp. lorenzi Werner, 1993, are known from Africa.
The specimen from your photo is a male :)
By the way, if you agree I will add this nice tiger beetle picture to the theme Tiger beetles of the world :)
Best greetings and once again thank you for this great honour! :)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-26 3:09]

Hi Haraprasan

You have captured the irridescence of your subject vey well here - the BG helps. Good detail too.


Hi friend,
A wonderful capture, nice colors! wowww.. POV, DOV and sharpnes splendid. And also nice and well-timed dedication for our joint friend Radomir. Well done friend.

Hello Haraprasan,

Nice picture of these beetle. Nice POV. Good sharpness. Well managed light. Nice detail and colours.
Well done,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-26 4:15]

Beautifull sharpness and icredibles colours in this great pic,very nice work,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-26 5:52]

Hi Haraprasan!
This is a perfect dedicacion to our friend Radomir! He clearly loves these bugs very much!
You have captured this beautiful insect with great skill!
We can see the amazing iridescent colours and characteristic large eye really clearly!
Very sharp with great detail and clarity.
Perfect lighting as well.
Very well done my friend,

A beautiful composition and an excellent shot Haraprasan, considering the conditions under which the capture was made. A very nice and metallic looking guy with awesome mouth parts. I'm sure Radomir would give an exact ID.

Hello Haraprasan,
This is brilliant. Excellent details throughout the body in almost metallic colors. I like it and very well done.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-26 8:40]

Hi Haraprasan,

Strange to see a beetle on a train! You managed a good shot of this colorful one despite the shaking. Good colors and details and the jeans made a good background for him.


Hello Prasan,
Pressing for time and just to say this is a beautiful and excellent posting!

Ciao Haraprasan,
molto bella questa Cicindela, che non conoscevo.
Interessante il POV e molto particolare lo sfondo e l'ambientazione.
Buone cose,

Haraprasan, नमस्ते,

How do you manage to make such EXCELLENT images given the tremendous restrictions you undergo to achieve this???

What do you 'put' in your morning tea???

Warm greetigs from 'THANDA' Calgary,

Hello Haraprasan
great macro of the beautiful Cicindelin species. This is also great dedication to our friend Radomir. Your presentation great with a great frame, POV/DOF, composition and details. good and informative notes. TFS, well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-26 23:33]

Hi Haraprasan,
Appreciate and like this wonderful shot from you. Out of town, hence doing a short job. Sorry friend.

Hi Haraprasan, great dedication to our friend Radomir, wonderful beetle with splendid metallic colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Your cousin is very patient to sit still for your bug shots! ha ha That's cute!

Wonderful details - great close-up - excellent color. Love the sheen.

Outstanding! Really nice POV and you have captured great detail.
Best wishes,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-31 0:30]

Hello Haraprasan,
this is great pic of this interesting beetle, deatils captured and the pose are fantastic!
great work,
best regards, Dejan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-03 13:58]

Hello Haraprasan

Wonderful colours and exposure on this shot.
The close up is well done with very good clarity,well focused with sharp details.
Very good POV.
Nicely done.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-08 4:37]

Hello Haraprasan,
This is a fine macro of a Tiger Beetle that would please our friend Radomir immensely.
The sharpness and lighting are great and the POV allows the iridescence to show well.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Hello Haraprasan,
Interesting to see this bugger resting on fabric..!
Excellent details in the fine macro work, the colours are standing out so well...
A fine educational image, well presented!
Pablo -

hi harap this is a fine shot of this insect its my first time to see one, its body is like metallic that's why some of your lights reflected on it

Hello Haraprasan, Very beautiful shot. Great sharpness and wonderful colours. TFS.

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