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Soft-winged Flower Beetle

Soft-winged Flower Beetle
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-11 5:16
Viewed: 3625
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, I found this curious looking Beetle hiding under the broad leaf of an Indian garden tree that bears white frgarant flowers. It was dark there so I had to use fill flash for this capture.
Thanks to Ivan (Argus), I have now a confirmed ID of this insect which goes by the name of Soft-winged Flower Beetle.

Here is a note on it borrowed from bugguide.net:


Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Includes Malachiidae and Dasytidae, according to American Beetles, Vol. 2 (1)

Fauna Europaea treats Malachiidae and Dasytidae as valid families, distinct from Melyridae


501 species in 52 genera in North America listed at nearctica.com


body length 2-7 mm


Adult: body may have a soft appearance from the numerous erect hairs; front coxae prominent; antennae insert in front of the head above the mandibles; many species have a fleshy lobe between the tarsal claws, and some have orange eversible sacs along the sides of the abdomen that are sometimes visible


Most of United States and southern Canada (two species reach Northwest Territories but none are found in Yukon or Alaska)


Adults are commonly found on flowers of herbaceous plants
Larvae occur in various habitats but most commonly in soil, leaf litter, or under bark


Chiefly insects but food preferences vary within the family

Adults evidently feed on flower-visiting insects as well as pollen

larvae are primarily predators of other insects.


Argus, Seabird, haraprasan, pankajbajpai, Kaszek, Alex99, eqshannon, efsus, Heaven, sranjan, keanhoon, jaycee, crs, nglen, siggi, anel, lousat, jusninasirun, mariki, rcrick, uleko, cataclysta has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-11 5:43]
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Your macros are becoming very professional Ram!
The technical standard of this image is top class, as are the POV, lighting and composition.
Not only that, your entomogical skills in identifying this group of beetles are spot on. You're right about this being a Soft-winged Flower Beetle: they are supposed to have 11 segments on the antennae and this specimen show 11, thanks to the sharpness and POV.
A superb contribution and thanks for sharing it.
Thanks also for your kind words on my second TN anniversary.
All the best,

Hi, Ram,

wow, an excellent capture of a beautiful flower beetle. the composition and the colours are very attractive! thanks for sharing.

Man Yee

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beetle. Most probably some type of blister beetle (baby) as per its face appearance and the antenna. Yes it might be the soft winged flower beetle but as far as I know about flower beetles they are very small. Anyway I like the composition here with sharp details and also the well controlled flash work which is not easy. Regarding proper ID let is leave this to some experts here. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-08-11 6:08]

Hello Ram,
this is an interesting beetle species presented by you in an excellent way,
as usual for your pictures. You show the specimen with excellent sharpness.
Light is well managed and balanced.
Best wishes, Peter

hello sir,
this one is perhaps the best one from your recent macro captures. liked the composition and the pov very much, the details of the leaf looks so beautiful, you have also started going for the broad framing for a last few posts and iy suits the shot well here,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Ram!
Very interesting picture of this little beetle. Superb sharpness, verz good POV and DOF.

Kewl Ram...Super clarity both in the insect and it's perch of green. It is a mixture of feeling for me this morning..not to know whether it looks creepy crawly or almost in some odd way a cuddly kind of playful insect. Great descriptive notes. Nikon Craftsman!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-11 6:50]

Hi Ram.
Simply perfect macro shot with so attractive subject and great quality. Image of the insect is terrific. Its details, sharpness, DOF, colouration are reflected superbly. I like texture reproduction of the leaf. All tiny fibres are visible excellently. Composition is great as well as BG. Bravo. Perfect job.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-08-11 7:18]

Hi Ram,

A nice capture with good colors and dof,I like the texture of the leaf as well,well seen and framed,tfs


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-08-11 7:22]

Merhaba Ram,
Çekim tekniğinin en yüksek seviyede olduğu muhteşem bir makro çalışması olmuş. Renkler, ışık ve ayrıntılar mükemmel. Eline sağlık.

Hi Ram!

What a pleasure to look at this picture! It is not only perfect as far as the technical aspects are concerned (lighting, sharpness, colour management), it's also nicely composed and I especially like the repetition of the line formed by the leaf in the background. I can't help you with the ID, but would like to thank you for such a beautiful posting.

Kind regards


Dear Ram Sir,
I appreciate what Ivan has mentioned about your entomolgical skills. You are an honest naturalist par excellence. After viewing big big beetles from your webpages, this fellow looks gentle & toddler as compared to the previous ones. Very sharp macro with superb details. TFS.

Nice shot, i like the sharpness and color composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-11 9:52]

Hi Ram,

I see Ivan has confirmed your identification of this Soft-winged Flower Beetle. The macro is so perfect that I was sure someone would recognize it. The colors and shadings and the details are all superb. I love the way its legs are curled around the edge of the beautiful leaf.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-11 10:30]

Hi Ram,

Great photo of the insect! Very well used DOF showing amaisingly sharp the whole body of the insect and the leaf beneath. POV is very good too alowing to show the whole insect's body. Good color rendering with reach color tones having an natural look.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-11 10:38]

Hi Ram. I would not know the ID so i must go along with you on this one. What ever it is its a fine close up of this unusual looking Bug. You have taken it with sharp focusing and fine detail. Good use of theflash in the dark area of the planr. which has given natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-11 12:14]

Hi Ram,
very nice image of this interesting insect, great colours and composition, brava
kind regards

Hello Ram Uncle, Superb macro shot. Excellent clarity and brilliant sharp picture. Great view. Vignesh

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-08-11 23:18]

Hello Sir,

This beetle you've shown here is wonderful and you've managed the use of flash diligently. Soft wing is fantastic in details and colors.As Ivan mentioned, the antenna is simply great. POV and composition are too good.
Thanks for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-12 5:23]

Hello Ram,
It is a really strangelooking, but a very cute little beetle with its funny round ant head!. I like the way light illuminates the nervures of the laef and also the fine colour of the Flowe-Beetle. Intersting species to know. In your note you write that it lifes in USA, but you took the picture in India?!

Best regards

Hola Ram,
Excelente macro con gran nitidez de este preciosos escarabajo que nos muestras con gran nitidez y detalle, excelente iluminación, saludos
José Ramón

Hello Ram,
Superb macro,
Light,colors and sharpness so good,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-14 4:00]

Hi Ram,have a great capture like that whit this little insects is always a problem.I'm surprising from the incredible quality of the details and colors,excellent point of view,very very perfect shot,my best compliments and thanks a lot for share and for the note too,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Ram. Top notch macro image with very good sharp focus on the subject. I like the placement at the edge of the leaves in diagonal position of the frame. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-15 10:33]

Hello Ram! Very clear and sharp shot! Well composed image, great technique and a very nice result, thanks!


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-17 0:54]

merhaba ram
tür ilginç ve farklı çekim ise süper olmuş
bakış açısı, ışık, fon, renkler ve detayları harika bir makro çalışması
eline sağlık

Hello Ram,

Very good capture of this cute little beetle on a beautiful leaf. Excellent composition. Very good POV, DOF and sharpness. Splendid colours.

Dear Ram,

It seems I've missed so many of your wonderful images lately, so please except my apologise for not being around as much as I should have, this is just stunning, the detail is exceptional, wonderful use of fill flash it really has brought out the colours with a crisp and sharp image; Excellent composition, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-19 0:23]

Hello Ram,
This is an outstanding capture of a beautiful and interesting Flower Beetle at the edge of a leaf. Excellent focus and razor sharp details of both Beetle and leaf! A lovely composition too in beautiful natural colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Ram
I agree with Ivan. Perfect, fantatic professional macro. Great sharpness and DOF, great light and exposure. Good diagonal composition and nice elegant frame
Best wishes

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