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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.4
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of Europe, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world, Insects (Insecta), Tiger beetles saga [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-29 15:59
Viewed: 5999
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
TRZYSZCZ - try to say it my Friends!!! :> Not too easy? Hehehe! I really believe! Especially for all of you who are not from Poland and do not know Polish :> So... please try one more time! :>

Yes, you are right, this is my 9th part of Cicindelidae saga (a link to earlier parts can be found here). But this time – thanks or because of Lukasz Warcholinski (Kaszek) there will be no details about biology, ecology or diversity of this group. Today something different:

names of this beetle family in different languages! :>

Polish: Trzyszczowate, trzyszcze

English: Tiger beetles

German: Sandlaufkäfern

Dutch: Zandloopkevers

Czech: Svižníkovití

Spanish: Cicindelinos

Lithuanian: Šokliai

Norwegian: Sandjegere

Ukrainian: Стрибуни

Of course there are many other languages not included here so this list is not ended! :> I could not find any more so I would be very grateful for names in languages which are not present here :>

And now a few words about this species. No, this is not common Cicindela hybrida or mountain Cicindela sylvicola - species easy to mistake with our hero. This is a male of Cicindela maritima maritima, much rarer species, in many regions of Europe endangered and included in the Red Lists.

How to recognize it from two earlier? Not too easy but note characteristic shape of middle lunula on beetle’s elytra - it looks like a tune! (for better view of elytrae of these 3 species please see also here; I know, paper is in Polish but colour plates are international ;>)

This species prefers dunes, and sometime it is named Dune Tiger Beetle.

Picture was taken near Nida in Kursˇiu Nerija National Park (Curonian Spit) - one of only 2 regions of Lithuania where this species was found till now :>

Ok my Friends, so at the end please say it once again: TRZYSZCZ! ;>

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
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To Argus: tiger beetle book :)cicindela 1 08-30 16:12
To red45: systematyka :)cicindela 3 08-30 11:48
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Hi Radomir,
A beautiful view of this tiger beetle, better in my opinion than your image I´ve critiqued yesterday. Excellent sharpness, details and note. I´ve tried to say TRZYSZCZ, could it sound as trsishtch? what´s the sound of Y in polish?....it a language quite different I speak, spanish

I can see why you have gone as far as you have in this field. You know...very few people with the education and talent you have would post here...a few do and you are one, and if you do not get enough thanks, perhaps it is because some do not realize what wonderful heart you put into your work. I know!

Hi Radomir,

Interesting posting and notes. Fine detail on the TRZYSZCZ (I tried to say it as I typed) showing the fine hairs on the legs and body. Nicely placed in the frame to make it stand out. The back right leg is maybe a bit soft but that is nitpicking.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-29 22:38]
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Hello Radomir,
Of course I could pronounce the Polish name correctly! :))
Great macro of the Dune Tiger Beetle, a species that is rare in Sweden. Superb sharpness and great POV, like a good illustration. You must be writing a book on European Tiger Beetles, if not you ought to!
I hope you can come to Sweden. Tell us when you want to come and Ulla and I can advise you on good places to visit at that time of year.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-30 0:31]

Hello Radomir,
It is fantastic macro photo of the nice and interesting Tiger beetles
I like its details very much, colors and lighting is perfect too.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-08-30 0:37]

Szkoda, ze nazbyt skromne swiatlo a stad ubogie kolory. Reszta jest b.dobre. Dzieki za ID mego chrzaszcza.
Good weekend, jak mowi sie teraz.

Hi Radek,
Phew! it is much difficult for me ;>. A nice capture of this endangered species of tiger beetle. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-30 1:57]
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TRZYSZCZ! I won :-)

Czesc Radek!

Gdybym byl biologiem, bylbym chyba systematykiem. To wielka frajda klasyfikowac i oznaczac kolejne gatunki rozniace sie w niewielkim stopniu, nie mowiac juz o robieniu im zdjec :-) Mam chyba dusze kolekcjonera :-) A zdjecie bardzo fajne - moze troche przyciemne, za to wyrazne, no i trzyszcz w klasycznej pozie . Nie jestem pewien kolorow - wyszly chyba troche ksiezycowo-neonowe :-) Ale cos w sobie maja. Bardzo fajna notka, pdfa znalazlem juz kupe czasu temu :-)

Ciao Radomir, fantastic bug with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-30 6:29]

Hello Radomir,
Oh no, I remember the road signs in Poland way back - impossible - I think we need some lessons in pronounciation from you! I'm glad there is latin although I don't master that either but at least it is easier to pronounce!! Another great capture of a Cicindela showing very sharp details and natural colours even of the sand. Excellent work as usual!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-08-30 6:38]
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Hello Radomir, a super macro capture of this killer. We are in curious on id of the tiger beetles from Bolkar:). TFS and regards,

Cześć Radek.
Fajne zwierzątko, maszynka do polowania. Świetna tonacja barw. Bardzo dobra ostrość. Chciałbym kiedyś takiego spotkać i zrobić parę fajnych fotek.
Pozdrawiam Robert.

Loved your notes.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-08-30 10:53]

Hola Radomir,
estupenda macro,
detalles, pov, buen foco...
buen disparo y flash.

Hi My friend! I have just returned to home! and I saw your messages! Thanks a lot for your e-mails. I would reply on the Syria in a short time! Anyway your shot is perfect in all around as uusal. A great clarity and wonderful POV selection. Many thanks for shring this and also thanks for id which you also wrote to Mehmet!
All the best from Izmir my friend!


Hi Radomir,

Fantastic macro shot and no I can't speak it out.
Great details and sharpness.
I thought it is black and white but no colours!
Well done.


Hello Radomir,
firstly, many thanks for your great messages on my posts.
Well, this is really great macro shot. Superb details, POV and composition. I like this family members, but I meet them rare. Lastly, I found similar species on beach of Mediterranean in Adana Prov.
I will write in detail for questions on your e-mail.
best wishes

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-31 5:22]

merhaba radomir
wonderful macro photo of this interesting insect
i like POV, DOF, light, colours, sharpness and informative note

Czesc Radziu
Ano fajny trzyszcz. Ja tam umiem wymowic ;-) Fajna ostra fotka. Nigdy nie staralem sie zrobic fotki tym robakom bo mnie przeraza ich szybkosc ;-)Podoba mi sie ten ostry piasek na pierwszym planie i rozmyte tlo

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-31 12:45]

Hello Radomir,
an excellent macro of this Tiger Beetle or Trzyszczowate, trzyszcze :-)
Excellent detail and clarity.
Superb DOF.
Very sharp.

Well done!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-31 14:00]
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Hi Radek

I've tried pronuncing some words in your language back in the US where i had some very nice Polish friends and...well :))

Another great addition to your tiger beetle saga. Your presentation here on TN for this group of animals is impressive and very educational and your photos are always great. They provide extra details and good examples for us all. By the way, Ivan's idea with a book/field guide is realld not bad at all :) I would really think about it if i were you :)

Bravo and TFS

PS: i took my first shots of a tiger beetle today. I was in the mountains this weekend and managed to find my first one :) I will show it to you soon :)

Hello Radomir.
Splendid macro! Insect strange... but beautiful!
Excellent details and perpective.
Excellent framing.
Congratulations, my friend!
José Roberto

Czesc Radek!

Kolejne swietne zdjecie trzyszcza. TRZYSZCZ - tez tak umiem ;)
Niestety nie umiem go sfotografowac :) Tobie wyszlo to bardzo dobrze. Dzieki za "dedykacje" ;)

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-09-01 4:43]

Hi Radomir,

Great closeup picture of this beetle.
Great color, sharpness and background.


Impressionnant insecte bien documenté.
Bonne journée.

Wow. I am looking at beetles afresh. I sometimes stop and look at butterflies and things but rarely beetles. I have changed my mind. Thanks to you I will be looking more widely as I walk. You have a great eye and a great way with words in your explanations. Barry

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-02 23:39]

Hi Rado

Great shot of this beetle - great pose with excellent detail. Great work.


Hola Radomir,
Magnífica captura con excelente definición con que se muestran los detalles de este escaso escarabajo, gracias por compartir estas fotos y las interesantes notas, saludos
José Ramón

Hi, Radomir,

what a beautiful tiger beetle! very nice details and pattern!! and your note is very useful.

thanks a lot for your comments and the useful note at my tiger beetle, too. pls feel free to add that photo to "Cicindelidae of the world" : )

have a nice day!

Man Yee

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