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Time of love - Chrysolina fastuosa

Time of love - Chrysolina fastuosa
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5830 W: 89 N: 14938] (62666)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-24
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-25 8:49
Viewed: 3478
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my 300th post (thanks to Silvio)

Class: Insecta

Subclass: Pterygota

Infraclass: Neoptera

Superorder: Endopterygota

Order: Coleoptera

Suborder: Polyphaga

Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea

Family: Chrysomelidae

Subfamily: Chrysomelinae
Latreille, 1802

The Chrysomelinae are a subfamily of leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae). There are some 2000 species, found worldwide. The most well-known member is the notorious Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata).Beetles in the family Chrysomelidae are commonly known as leaf beetles. This is a family of over 35,000 species in more than 2,500 genera, one of the largest and most commonly-encountered of all beetle families.
Leaf beetles are partially recognizable by their tarsal formula, which appears to be 4-4-4, but is actually 5-5-5.They are distinguished with difficulty from long-horned beetles (family Cerambycidae) by having the antennae NOT arising from frontal tubercles. Adult and larval leaf beetles feed on all sorts of plant tissue. Many are economically important pests of agriculture, for example the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), the asparagus beetle (Crioceris asparagi), the cereal leaf beetle (Oulema melanopus), and various flea beetles.

Le Chrysomelidae sono una famiglia di insetti dell'ordine dei Coleotteri, comprendente circa trentacinquemila specie.Generalmente sono vivacemente colorati, con il corpo liscio e le antenne relativamente corte. Lunghezza da pochi millimetri fino a 3 centimetri.Le larve si nutrono di vegetali e per questo le uova vengono deposte su piante o al suolo nei pressi del cibo. Sono diffusi su tutto il globo.
Famosa è la specie Leptinotarsa decemlineata chiamata anche Dorifora della patata dannosa per le patate e non solo e diffusa in buona parte del mondo.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1942] (13385)
  • [2008-09-25 8:58]

Beautiful creatures; lovely scene; expertly captured.

Love your "Time of Love" series...



Ciao Luciano, complimenti per la tua trecentesima su TN, splendida Luci rosse tra i due metallizzati, già a beccarne uno con quei riflessi è un problema, due poi...
Magnifica, complimenti
Ciao Silvio
PS mivado a lavar le mani che son tutte sporche di colla, una faticaccia a tener ferma la farfalla e ad appiccicare quella C:)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-25 9:06]

Hello Luciano,
Amazing capture, wonderful couple, the collors and details are fantastic, great POV and composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-25 9:51]

Hi Luciano,

Congratulations on reaching #300. I wish I had discovered your work sooner than I did. A wonderful macro of these beetles to celebrate your milestone. The irridescent colors and fine details are wonderful. Here's to the next 300.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-25 9:55]

Hi Luciano. Congrats to you on 300 postings. With such a good close up to do it with. very good detail and bright colours. I like the shine on the green shells. as always inetersting not to go with the good picture. well done TFS.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 301 W: 0 N: 439] (1711)
  • [2008-09-25 10:00]

Ciao Luciano,
scatto bellissimo sia per i soggetti in posa molto "insolita", sia per contrasto e nitidezza. Poi quel gioco di luci da quel tocco in più al tutto.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1235] (7561)
  • [2008-09-25 10:14]

hi lousat

Congrats on reaching 300.
Lovely picture.,
nie details in it

Hi Luciano,
CONGRATULATIONS on your 300th Post. A nice capture of these beautiful beetles mating. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-09-25 11:35]

Hello Luciano,
Congratulations on your 300th post! Amazing macro of thesse small Beetles in shiny armour.
Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours and a fine soft background too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1081 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-09-25 11:41]
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Ciao Luciano,
you deal with really difficult objects, in particular when taking pictures of them in
bright sunshine. And clearly, there are some points to be criticized: (1) overexposed regions on the elytrae,
(2) low resolution of surface structures, (3) a number of artefacts obviously caused by image processing:
you see them as irregularities in the background or as 'border-effects' at the outlines of the beetles.
I know that you will consider these points as constructive criticism.
Nevertheless, congratulation to your 300th post and thank you for posting so many excellent pictures.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-25 13:01]

Hello Luciano,

What anice close-up of these insects. The colors are so shiny that beatels looks like jewels. I like the saturated colors from insects body as well as the contrast with the background.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Luciano:) As always you do:) another great papparazi capture from you. Great details and sharpness with wonderful composition of these beautifully coloured insects in time of love:p.
Many thanks for sharing this fine image my friend.


It's Amore'! Ah yes..I can depend on your images Luciano..you are a true romantic...and that is in addition to your good photography! fine show!

Ciao Luciano.
Simply fantastic, my friend!
This is invasion of privacy!
The colours metallic are sensational.
Great texture and perspective.
Well done!
José Roberto

hello luciano,
you were there at the right place at the right time with the camera ready to shoot action, liked the composition with tight crop,
tfs & regards

Nice job, great moment captured Luciano,
Congrats on 300 posts, it shows you are a committed shutterbug for sure :)
These highly reflective beetles are a pain, but you've managed the reflective glare well..

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-09-26 2:13]

Hello Luciano Well shot and well done. Superb position and excellent clarity. The focus is pretty sharp. Ganesh

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5086 W: 166 N: 13015] (48464)
  • [2008-09-26 5:19]

Hello Luciano,
Congratulations on your 300th post. Very beautiful celebration in splendid colours and perfect sharpness and details. Excellent POV and composition.

hello Luciano

congratulations to your 300th post

superb shot of your « paparazzi » collection shots,
fine POV, superb luminosity with great sharpness and details,



Ciao Luciano, complimenti per il tuo 300ismo post!
la foto la vedo parecchio interpolata. Comunque una bella foto.
Ciao e grazie.

Bonjour Luciano,

Bonne photo de ces chrysomèles. Excellente netteté. Superbes couleurs. Il y en a encore plein cette année. Je m'exerce à faire des photos de ces petites bêtes, mais c'est difficile. Je n'ai pas encore réussi à prendre de très bonnes photos.

Félicitations pour le 300th post.
Bon week-end,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-27 16:09]

Hello Luciano! Quel excellente capture! Bravo pour cette 300ème photo! Image tout à fait exceptionnelle avec une grande netteté et une exposition bien faite. Bravo encore et merci!


This is one of the best shots I've seen till date, my dear friend Luciano!
Superb work!

Hello Luciano,
Congratulations on your 300th post. Excellent details of these armoured beetles caught in mating. TFS.

Hello Luciano,
Perfect color, nice species.

So cute! But did you ask them for permission to take this photo?

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-06 7:18]

Hi Luciano.
While I was absent Your gallery has replenished with excellent pictures. Present close-up is superb. Reproduction of the beetle details is ultimate. Lights and colours are great as well as POV and magnification. Well done and kind regards.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-10-09 3:33]

Hi Luciano!
This is a perfect capture of these tiniest of the insects. Congratulations for the 300th post.
Best regards my friend.

Very sharp with very nice details. Great composition with beautiful colours and a nice POV.
Best wishes,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1000 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2008-10-18 5:42]

Macroyek gelek serkevtî hatiye kişandin.Rengê hêşîn yê desthilat û birq jî balkêş e.TFS.

hai luciano,
very good shot of these beetles!! looking more like gems,...happy moments shared :-)

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