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Stag beetle flying

Stag beetle flying
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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, 100mm f/2.8MacroØ58
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): images en vol, Flying images 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-20 6:37
Viewed: 6281
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
European stag beetle: Lucanus cervus Distribution: Southern and central Europe. In Britain, they are found in southern and southeastern areas of England. Habitat: Broad-leaved woodlands, especially oak, but also parks and gardens where there are hedgerows, tree stumps and logs. Size: Dark, violet-brown elytra (wing cases) with reddish-brown antlers (female's antlers are much smaller than the male's). Larva is creamy-white.Life-span: The larva lives 3-5 years. Adults live only between the months of May and August. Food: Larva eats rotting wood and roots. It is thought that the adult either eats tree sap or nothing at all. The stag beetle is Britain's largest insect and one of the most well-known of all the beetles. The male is easily recognised because of his mouthparts which have evolved into enormous jaws, resembling the antlers on a stag's head. Despite their fearsome appearance, these antlers are useless for biting, and are used to fight other males. It is the smaller female we need to be wary of - her tiny antlers may look less threatening but they can inflict a sharp nip! Unfortunately, the stag beetle is now rare in Britain, mainly due to loss of suitable habitat.
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Hello Didier,

This beetle is coming right out of my monitor! Thank goodness I'm not afraid of them!
I'm interested to see that its legs are up in the air as well as its wings.
A very difficult shot! Well done!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

it is difficult to take flying insects, attractive beetle, attractive photo

Bonsoir Didier,
Incroyable cette prise!
Je suis impressionné par la netteté.
Bonne soirée.

Great timing to catch this beetle in flight, well done! Cheers Steve

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-21 1:03]

Bonjour Didier!

What can I say? Another perfect picture with insect in flight. Very rare beetle in Poland and you caught it in great pose. I like colorfull BG also. Superb work!

Great shot! The rapidly moving wings with the sharply focussed mouth parts look awsum. Excellent work. Thanks for sharing.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-08-02 5:42]

Fantastic capture! A rare shot indeed.

Une profondeur de champ superbe avec de netteté juste là où il faut, c'est réellement une superbe capture!

bonjour didier
je viens de lire le dernier commentaire que vous m'avez adressé,je ne viens plus beaucoup sur le site mais pour des raisons moins importante que vous et j'espere que vos ennuis de santé se sont dicipé.
bravo une fois de plus pour cette photo d'insecte en vol.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-12-24 23:45]

Bonjour Didier !
De toutes les photos que j'ai manquées, celle-ci est ma préférée, parce que l'insecte me rappelle des souvenirs d'enfance, quand on voyait encore ces insectes. Maintenant, on n'en voit plus (le dernier était il y a une dizaine d'années, je crois). Et puis la photo est géniale, avec d'excellent details, des couleurs lumineuses, une jolie composition. Félicitations !

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