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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sexy nature, Beetles and Bugs of the world (Chapter 2), Insect Mating, Weevils [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-24 3:46
Viewed: 3771
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo could have the title "Take me to heaven" ;-)

You can see here pair of mating weevil beetles. They probably belong to the Phyllobius group.

It's a greenish weevils feeding on leaves that, as I found out, look quite similar and only expert can be sure what species it is. I'm not an expert [yet ;-)], but I think it might be Green Birch Weevil, because there is plenty of them on the Birches that grow in my garden.

Species of these beetles are very variable, especially in the coloring, which may vary from light green to a greenish brown or even plain brown. Their snout is much shorter and not as thin as in the most weevil beetles.

Green weevils actually are black, with a thin layer of green colouring. With many species the green may disappear, revealing the black beetle underneath.
When the beetles are "fresh" the green is intense and very beautiful, but the species very quickly becomes pale greyish green and even looses part of the colouring.

As I noticed it is much easier to take photos of mating beetles than of these not busy ones - after all there rather nothing strange in that ;-)
Anyway taking photo of single beetle is hard cause when he see you he will simplt play dead and fall down from the tree. I spend few good minutes trying to take such shot, but without good results.
The couple was easy subject, but the wind was quite strong this day and it was difficult to get the sharp photo.
I think this isn't bad so I decided to post it.
Hope you like it.

dew77, TAZ, Runnerduck, Comandante, wideload, suleesia, AndyB, marhowie, red45, PDP, liquidsunshine, gerhardt, christophe, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-24 3:50]

Hello Monika!
Very nice shot.Lighting,framing,details and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-05-24 3:52]

Witaj Moni,
¶wietnie pokazane robale. Dobra ostro¶æ i ³adne kolory. Chyba s± w siódmym niebie.

Another great capture, Monika. Lovely colours and contrast on the beetles. Interesting background - is that the sky?
I like your 'thistle' logo as well!

Pink used to be the color of sensual love, in Poland it seems to have turned into green... A shot of clorophile, Monika, please ...

A great shot, excellent detail and sharpness.
The colours are superb.
Well done and thanks for posting.

Hi Monika, a nicely composed a well detailed close up of these two, very nice and TFS

excellent focusing work, nice play with the DOF! Wickedly sharp capture, :)

Hi Monika!
Green bugs on green leaf.Lighting,details,framing and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-24 8:00]

A nice capture,you've done very well in the conditions you mentioned.
Good sharp detail,great colours and a lovely blue sky BG.
X rated stuff!
Good work,very well done.


Great action shot :)
I like the POV. Nice composition and good details and DOF.

Great shot Monika, Good sharpness, details and colors..I like this setting most of all with the greens against the blue sky BG, Very well done!

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-24 10:33]

Great close-up of the two, Monika. Fantastic colors. I like the metallic green on the bugs, and the subdued OOF background. I really like the sharp details on the leaf too. Interesting capture, and a photo with great visual impact. TFS. : )

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-24 10:58]

Sex, sex, and sex... ;-) I hope these beetles will be still green after their meeting ;-) Very nice scene, lovely colours. DOF is slightly too shallow I think, but overall very good post!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-24 16:03]

Hi Monika, very nice capture. Under that green they are a very embarrassed red! Good shot with nice details and good composition. I think these are Phyllobius pomaceus. Very nice.

Another fantastic shot Monika,
Excellent detail, I love the colours. Great DOF and superb BG.
Perfect capture, Thanks for posting

nice photo! congtratullations, i lime irt very much. this bugs seems that they came from a cartoon, its very nice!

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-24 19:27]

Monika, the great one, this is another superb shot.

Excellent sharpness, composition and pov.

Well spotted, a great picture.

I added it to a theme of mine. I hope you don't mind.

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-25 3:46]

Belle et intéressante composition macro-photographique pour ce couple d'insecte aux jolies couleurs métallisées. Bon point de vue et bonne netteté.
Beautiful, interesting & well done !

Such a nice capture, Monika. Tack sharp details and an embarrasing pose. :) Great shot, well done.

belle nettete, couleur et contraste
Amicalement Christophe

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-02 1:33]
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Hello Monika.
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
It is amazing as you improuve yourself since you are on TN. We can see your progress in your portfolio.

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