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Hypaetha biramosa (for Radek)

Hypaetha biramosa (for Radek)
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, MacroCloseUp +2
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-18 4:13
Viewed: 4376
Points: 42
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Thank you Radek for the Exact ID.

The tiger beetles are a large group of beetles known for their predatory habits. Some tiger beetles can run at a speed of 5 mph. For its size it has been suggested that they are technically the fastest running land animals.

Tiger beetles often have large bulging eyes, long, slender legs and large curved mandibles. All are predatory, both as adults and as larvae. The genus Cicindela has a cosmopolitan distribution. Other well-known genera include Tetracha, Omus, Amblycheila and Manticora. While members of the genus Cicindela are usually diurnal and may be out on the hottest days, Tetracha, Omus, Amblycheila and Manticora are all nocturnal. Both Cicindela and Tetracha are often brightly colored, while the other genera mentioned are usually uniform black in color.

Tiger beetles in the genus Manticora are the largest in size of the subfamily. These live primarily in the deserts of South Africa.

The larvae of tiger beetles live in cylindrical burrows as much as a meter deep. They are large-headed, hump-backed grubs that flip backwards to capture prey insects that wander over the ground. The fast-moving adults run down their prey and are extremely fast on the wing, their reaction times being of the same order as that of common houseflies. Some tiger beetles in the tropics are arboreal, but most run on the surface of the ground. They live along sea and lake shores, on sand dunes, around playa lakebeds and on clay banks or woodland paths, being particularly fond of sandy surfaces.

Tiger beetles have been considered as good indicator species and have been used in ecological studies on biodiversity. Methocha, a parasitic wingless wasp species lays its eggs on Cicindela dorsalis larvae.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Adephaga
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Cicindelinae

Source: Wikipedia
This is Hypaetha biramosa. It lives on exactly sea borders on clean, level, sandy banks.Prefers calm bay. Photographed on Puri Sea Beach, Orissa.
Thanks a lot for viewing.

Argus, Dis. Ac., siggi, eqshannon, CeltickRanger, cicindela, jaycee, boreocypriensis, MMM, matatur, bahadir, xTauruSx, jusninasirun 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)
  • [2009-01-18 4:24]

Hello Haraprasan,
I'm sure Radomir can ID this beauty and it is a good tribute to him, our Tiger beetle expert. A fine macro of this Tiger Beetle taken from a great dorsal POV with good sharpness and lighting in a pleasing composition on sand.
Thanks for sharing this one,
All the best,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-18 4:31]

Hello HP, my one stop neighbor. Did you shoot this somewhere in a beach? Very nice with the BG and with the sand it looks so contrast and beautiful. Ganesh

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-18 5:30]

Hi Prasan,
Good image of this bettle, simple yet effective composition and fine viewpoint. The shape and colors (I would rather avoided the flash here). The diagonal position of the bettle is a good idea. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-18 6:01]

Hello Haraprasan,
Nice photo of the beautiful and interesting beetle. Very good POV, sharpness and colors.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Haraprasan,

good macro shot of this insect.
Nice pov and dof.

Beautful colours.


I feel as though I have been panning for placer gold and found it at the bottom in a large shaped nugget...My first impression upon seeing you insect...it is set off naturally against the sand backdrop. but the golden flaky colour (to my eye) really lightens this up HP!

Then you have some wonderful notes..and already a few onlookers who know a good image when they see one that is a lesson!

hello Haraprasan
great macro shot
nice colours
greeting lou

hello Haraprasan

excellent macro photography of this insecte,
shot with fine POV, i love the way he is framed on the image,
sharpness and details are excellent, TFS


Hello Haraprasan!
What a great capture of tiger beetle 1st time presented in TN gallery!!! And what a lovely dedication - thank you very much for so great honour! :)
This is Hypaetha biramosa (Fabricius, 1781).
All the best from cold and winter Lodz my Friend!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-18 11:59]

Hi Haraprasan,

A wonderful macro of this beetle. He is glowing with the wonderful iridescent colors. The entire insect is razor sharp. I love the diagonal composition.


Namaste Hara,
A good shot of this Tiger Beetle.
I see that Radomir has identified it as Hypaetha biramosa
I'm always amazed at how fast these beetles can run .... too fast for me to photograph ;)

Hi My firend Haraprasan,
A gerat macro and a great dedication to our Cicidelid expert Radek. i am sure he will love this.
TFS and cheers,


wonderful capture , very sharp !
great composition with perfect light , nice colours and good DOF ,
well done !

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-01-19 5:30]

Hi Haraprasan
Excellent macro.Good POV and sharp image.Good detail and nice light.
TFS Michel

A fine capture of a cicindellid on sand grains, and a nice dedication to cicindela Haraprasan, a finely detailed good study my friend.

Hello Haraprasan,
I like the POV, sharpness & details of the subject. The lighting & composition for this beetle are superb. It stands out 3D from the BG. TFS.

Ciao Haraprasan, beautiful bug with splendid metallic colors, great details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-20 21:35]

Hi Haraprasan,
Wonderful shot of this great looking Tiger Beetle with very impressive sharpness and details. The top POV works well here in showing it so nicely on the sand. Good use of flash lighting and very nicely composed.

Hello Haraprasan, great close-up shot of this cicindelid insect. TFS.

Hello again Haraprasan,
Excellent macro shotof this insect.
sharp details and nice natural colours and BG.

Hi Haraprasan,

Very good framing of this bug for a fine dedication. Nicely focused from dorsal pov in excellent details and well exposed shot. Fine post with useful notes. Well done and best regards.

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