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My first beetle 2008

My first beetle 2008
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Copyright: Dmitry Gavryushin (Osmeterium) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 158] (517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 105mm + Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-01 9:12
Viewed: 4633
Points: 10
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Pytho depressus (Pythidae).
Size 10 mm.
Nine specimens were found under bark of two dead pine trees. The beetles have contrastingly orange abdomen (not visible here of course). Only one specimen showed colour variability (which can be quite notable) having brownish elytrae with blue hint. Larvae with strongly flattened bodies were also present. Both adults and larvae feed on various decaying organic matter including dead insects but sometimes they may be predacious. They are usually associated with trees attacked by bark beetles (Scolytidae). Adults emerge in late August and early September, they hibernate with larvae which develop in two years. It's a fairly common species yet I meet it for the first time, another local species, P. abieticola, is rather rare.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-04-01 13:15]

Hello Dmitry,
well focused and sharp pictur eof this small beetle.
The reflecting surface is well reproduced.
Thank you for presenting this non-rare but rarely seen species.
Best wishes, Peter

Ciao Dmitry,
un coleottero davvero interessante, che non conoscevo.
Ottima la tua foto, con la superficie perfettamente a fuoco, che permette di osservare la scultura di elitre e pronoto.
Saluti dalla Sicilia,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-04-01 17:28]


Just marking for now!
be back later. :)

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-04-08 11:11]

Hi Dmitry,
good job on this small beetle. I never saw a member of this family, there are only two species of it in my region. Absolutely superb is your mastery of the reflexes, the sculpted elytrae are well presented. Your instructive comment enhances the value of the pic.
Best regards

Hi Dmitry!
Rare species on TN, so once again you prooved that you are an expert in entomology :) Very nice to see pictures like this one, there is always something to learn :)

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