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Dorcus parallelopipedus

Dorcus parallelopipedus
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-06 5:31
Viewed: 4452
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Unknown beetle

Unfortunately I couldn't find the ID of this dark beetle.
I show it, because it had such a funny pose in balance at the top of a seed-bud. And it's also a little bit the way I feel at the beginning of this year!
I'm very grateful if someone can give the name of the species.

Thanks to all TN members wo gave a proposal for an ID.
Finally I think that the ID is most probably:

DORCUS PARALLELOPIPEDUS, a species of the Lucanidae-family

The picture has been taken in Bern, close to a pond.

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Hello anne,
a lucanidea? I'm not sure...
Great capture.

Hi Anne,
ich würde sagen das ist ein Körniger Schaufelläufer Cychrus caraboides.
Der "hängt" da so richtig ab ...
Schönes Bild, der Panzer glitzert so schön.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hallo Anne
I like the way this insect has draped itself over the edge of the plant. It looks as if it prepared itself well for a photographic session. I also cannot help you with the ID but I know I have seen it before, so I am sure one of the fundi's will identity it soon. This is a lovely and clear macro of this rather large beetle. The rough texture of the body is obvious and almost has a wet appearance. It is rather strange to leave a note at one of your postings, which is not that of a beautiful butterfly as I have come to know your field of expertise. This is never the less a great image of this pitch black beetle.
Best regards.

Very funny posture of this Beetle, perched like that on the seed pod, Anne :)!
I think it is enjoying itself, playing see-saw.
The image is very sharp and clear with minute details on the thorax and abdomen.
Best regards.

Hi Anne

I am not a beetle specialis but it is not Cychrus caraboides I think that it is a member of family Lucanidae (probably Dorcus parallelopipedus)

Very nice sharp image with great blured background


hello Anne!
I'm not sure,why only seen from the side, but could be a species similar >this

best sERGIO

Liebe Anne,
Dein Bild hat's auf den Punkt gebracht: Die Pose ist rührend, die Haltung vertraut, wenn ein Höhepunkt erreicht oder Neuland zu betreten ist.
Doch der verhalten grüne Hintergrund legt sich beruhigend aufs Gemüt. Der zappelige Held im Bild dürfte ein Balkenschröter sein.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

Ciao Anne,
eccellente definizione per un inusuale momento di cattura di questa azione "in sospeso", ottimi POV e DOF, ottima resa delle tonalità di nero con perfetta lettura deiu fini dettagli, belli i colori e BG. Spero che l'anno sia iniziato bene anche per te nonostante le inclemenze climatiche.

  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2009-01-06 7:41]

Hi Anne,

Krzysztof (cataclysta) is right, this is Dorcus parallelopipedus.
the subject is very nice isolated.

Hello Anne!
Krzyszfot and Cosmln are right, this is member of Lucanidae - Dorcus parallelopipedus.
Very nice capture - very sharp and colourful :)
Bravo for perfect timing!
Greetings from Lodz,

Hello Anne,
You have captured excellent detail in the armor of this beetle. The balance of the beetle on the seed pod is as perfect as is your capture of its likeness. The background could not be better! A great capture... Sorry to hear that you have not regained your inner ear problem, you must have gotten a bad cold from the cold-Cold temperatures in the Alps this winter. Keep warm,

Hello Anne. Very good capture. Like the DOF & sharpness. Well done. Regards - Adil.

hello Anne

beautiful beetle
good sharpness and nice colours
i like not only frogs buth al of the insects and other annimals
greeting lou

Ciao Anne, I don't know id but is a wonderful bug in a fantastic diagonal composition, splendid focus and superb blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-06 9:09]

Hallo Anne,
Excellent macro shot.It's very close and well detailed.POV,sharpness and BG are also wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-06 10:28]

Hello Anne,
Beautiful macro of this beetle. Great sharpness and details. Very good clear and natural colours against an excellent OOF BG. Very funny pose.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-06 11:12]

Hi Anne. Well i see by now you have had a few ID of the Beetle. What ever it is you have taken a first class close up. I like the pose on the top of the plant . Good detail in the black shell which stands out so from the plain green BG. well done TFS.

great capture , nice colours and DOF , good sharp and clear details,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-06 15:31]

Hi Anne,very difficult to foud the name...and very difficult to take a pic like that,a very impressive macro at the top of quality,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Anne, a wonderful and timely macro capture of this lucanid species with a splendid OFF BG. Details, sharpness and lighting are excellent!
TFS and cheers,

  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2009-01-07 2:50]

hello Anne

Good macro close up. It looks like the 2 front legs are hanging and he might have over stepped out and doing a balancing act here.

Good sharpness, perhaps I would think a bit of brightening up the levels and curves will show better clarity. Superb choice of using the bokeh and direction of light for this highlight of the insect.

tfs, bill

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-07 3:34]

Hello Anne,
Brilliant capture of this Beetle who's just reached the summit! He looks quite exhausted!! A funny and excellent capture with sharp details and good light and colours. Nice diagonals in the green soft background too. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-07 5:59]

Hi Anne.
What a cute scene and brilliant reproduction of the impressive beetle. Insect on the pick of leaf is looked very attractively and light strips on an absolutely smooth and nicely coloured BG are amazing too. Bravo. Well done and TFS.

Witaj Anne,
Ciekawe ujecie - żuczek wygląda jak nabity na gałązkę.
Bardzo dobra głębia ostrości i kadr. Ładne jednolite tło podkreśla owada.
Gratuluję i pozdrawiam

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-01-08 5:25]

Salut Anne
Excellente présentation.Bon PDV et image bien en focus.Le détail est magnifique.J'aime beaucoup la lumiere éclairant le corp de l'insecte.L'arrire plan est aussi tres jolie.
Merci Michel

Wasfür ein gewaltiger Käfer, sieht schon bedrohlich. Ich habe mir gerade vorgestellt, er wäre 2-3-m groß ...
Viele Grüße aus dem eiskalten Darmstadt,

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2009-01-09 8:34]

I think you captured an interesting moment in the bug's life. Either it is really tired or it had enough with this life as a beetle and pleads the lord to free itself:))

Amazing details.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-10 8:19]

Bonsoir Anne,
A great macro of Dorcus parallelopedus. I like the position on the top of a seed pod or stem and the POV and sharpness are excellent, as is the lighting and composition with the neutral Bg.
Thanks for sharing this fine image.
Bon weekend,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-11 2:06]

Hi Anne,
such an excellent pose and you really blessed to meet this moment. Well composed with excellent greenish blurry background pushing the dark beetle into great clarity and sharpness. the shiny armour is very fascinating.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2009-01-11 11:06]

Hi Anne

A very strange pose from your beetle. He has reached the top and can't go any further. Lovely DOF and pin sharp details. I love the POV as well.



Hello Anne

An excellent sharp image with lovely focus and detail.
The POV is terrific.
Excellent DOF,the OOF BG has a nice bokeh.
Well placed in the frame.


J'adore la composition de cette photo et la netteté, bravo !!!!

Klasse gemacht! uuuuuuuuu schön! ;-)
Liebe Grüsse

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