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Pairing Green Tigers

Pairing Green Tigers
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of Europe, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world, comportement printanier [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-23 10:03
Viewed: 3322
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Green Tiger Beetle Cicindela campestris

Swedish name: Sandjägare, meaning ‘sand hunter’

Tiger Beetles (Cicindelidae) are a world-wide family of beetles that are characterised by their tendency to run fast and fly in order to be effective predators of other insects. There are over 2000 species.
They are mostly found on the ground, though some have trees as their habitat. Radomir Jaskula (Cicindela) is the TN specialist of these beetles
There are only 4 species in Sweden, of which this is the most common.

The Green Tiger beetle is the most common species in Europe, the adults appearing in the spring, as early as the middle of April in Sweden when the sun shines. It prefers bare sandy areas surrounded by vegetation. It tends to run and seek, rather than wait and pounce and one usually first sees it when it flies up after being disturbed.
The number of cream-coloured spots on the green wing cases varies between individuals, sometimes being nearly absent.

I caught this pair in the sunlight and had to slightly underexpose to get the right colours. Even so, the colours are iridescent and difficult to get right. The female has lost one antenna.

This was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

Thanks for viewing and have a nice weekend!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-23 10:08]

Hi Ivan. A very good close up of the pair of Tiger Beetles. When you see two together its legs every where. Your sharp focusing has given fine detail and natural colours. You must have a very steady hand to take this hand held. I need to use a tripod most of the time now. All with interesting notes well done TFs.

hello ivan
this is GREAT to find this
super sharpness and beautiful colours
super shot
greeting lou

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-05-23 10:34]

Hi Ivan
Very good shot of these fast insect Pretty good sharpness.
Nice natural surroundings and informative note
Best wishes

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-23 10:37]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice photo of this mating beetles. Clarity and sharp details are excellent. Beautiful natural colours. Good dorsal POV and diagonal composition.

Hehehe! What a great timing Ivan! We both presented tiger beetles today! :) But you were much more lucky taking this picture - you have a lovely pair :>
Very good picture and I am really happy to see it! (and I hope to see this species during Scandinavian trip :>)
Sharpness, DOF and clarity is the first class!
Nothing to add, or maybe there is something, I'd like to add this picture to 2 themes: Cicindelidae of Europe and Cicindelidae of the world if you agree :>
All the best from Lodz!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-23 10:50]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent close up of this pair Green Tiger Beetle mating.Colors,sharpness,details and framing are wonderful.Thanks for posting.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ivan, fantastic maiting couple with splendid metallic colors, wonderful details and superb sharpness, great macro, very well done, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Fabulosa nitidez y colores...saludos

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-23 13:09]

Hello Lucky Man!

Great timing and great picture! I envy you! Perfect DOF with both beetles sharp and detailes, with very nice green colour on sandy BG. I like POV also with well visible eyes and details on insects' backs. I didn't saw this specie in nature yet, only their browns relatives :-)

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-05-23 13:13]

Hi Ivan !
Intressant fångst
Även om det inte i min smak "dessa insekter, men ... bilden är utmärkt.
En god natt,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-05-23 13:23]
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salut Ivan,
ahah tu as saisi un moment essentiel dans la courte vie de cet insect. Bien sûr l'image est excellente mais j'ai été surpris de voir quel optique tu avais utilisé, excellent travail.


hello Ivan

WOW ! what a superb timing from you to shoot
a paparazzi style photo, excellent close-up photo,
superb focus with greats sharpness and details,
i love the contrast between these insects colour tones
and the background colour tones, c'est un contraste frappant,



Hi Ivan. Spring is is time of love. Wonderful! Perfect sharp and "dinamic" taken.....


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-05-23 22:21]

Merhaba Dostum Ivan!
Bu fotodaki renkler, netlik ve detaylar inanılmaz güzellikte. Üreme telaşındaki bu böceklerin çok başarılı bir makrosunu sunmuşsun. tebrik ediyorum. En iyi dileklerimle...


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-05-23 23:32]

One of your excellent image of natural behavior.
Fine colors and good use of depth. tfs.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-05-24 0:03]

Hi Ivan,

A great capture of this pair ,I made a similair capture last season and I know that they are quite difficult to photograph as in my case they runned all over the ground while mating and never sat sttill,the picture is well exposed and has nice colors and natural sandy BG,


Hi Ivan
Fantastic! Congratulations. Tiger beetles are fast and restless. Beautiful shot. Great moment, perfect sharpness, nice POV Very good job

hello Ivan
beautiful and technically very good presentation, the colours genuine and very good, your observations also,as always

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-24 5:35]

Hi Ivan,
a very nicely captured creatures. Very sharp and very details.
Excellent colours of green in blurry eart as background.
well presented shot,the hairs are great.


These green tigers are insects I've never seen, Ivan.
The note is as usual, my source of getting to know them...
Very well timed shot, and an excellent note.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-24 11:04]

Hi Ivan.
Few days ago I have tried to shoot this beetle with new 300 mm and 1.4x TC. It is very cute set for such subjects, however, I could not get similar quality of the shot. May be some time I will can. Yours are great with stunning details and impressive colours. POV and composition are also excellent. My kind regards and compliments.

hello Ivan,

Excellent shot.Good timimg.
Colours.sharpness and definition are splendid.
Lighting and composition are fantastic.
Good notes.

Hello Argus
great shot of this Green Tiger Beetles, this image is crisp clear sharp with nice details, i like her metalic grenn colors, the sandy decor and the wonderful composition
Have a good evening

Hello Ivan,
What a great shot of these mating Tiger Beetles.
As soon as I saw this I knew Radomir would be thrilled.
It really is an excellent shot.
Brilliant capture!
Cheers & TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-24 16:21]

Hi Ivan,

This pair is so crystal clear that they are amazing. You did a great job with the iridescent colors too. Fantastic details of both. You captured the moment perfectly.


1+1= at least two...nice capture at perfect timing..I think I still have much learning to do and hope my body will withstand the rigors I have in mind for it...such as dropping down low instead of my orthopedic advice that I need major surgery...

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-25 3:21]

Hello Ivan,
Knowing how difficult it is to catch only one beetle of this fast species, I congratulate you for the pair, even if the poor female has already lost one of her antennae:-( Excellent sharpness and natural colors. We have the same species on 2000m too.
Have a nice day. I hope not too hot like here. We have already over 30°.
Kind regards

Amazing capture of this animals. Excellent sharpness on this picture. Well captured.
Best wishes,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-05-25 23:09]

Hi Ivan

You amaze me again with how well you can shoot macros with this tele lens + TC of yours! I've found only one tiger beetle last year and tried to get some shots with my Sigma 70-300 Macro but found out it's very difficult to keep the entire beetle in focus since it's always on the move.
You managed that superbly here and with a bigger gear so my compliments once again!
Wonderful capture of this pair with excellent details, light and even diagonal compo.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Ivan !
Geat picture of these beautiful bugs ! I love their color, and you have captured them so nicely, with great details, wonderful composition, nice POV, and everything is just excellent. Very well done !

Hello Ivan,
a splendid capture of the pair of Cicindela campestris, outstanding sharpness and vivid colours, very good timing in a nice composition.
Best regards

Hi Ivan,

An excellent photo of these attractive insects, very sharp, excellent detail. They look very similar to our common species here, 6-Spotted Tiger Beetle, Cicindela sexguttata. I find them to be very challenging to photogrpah, as they're constantly moving, usually.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-29 10:21]

Hi Ivan,you was lucky to found a situation like that...but this macro is really fantastic!The sharpness is over the top of quality..and this terrible metallic green is taken at the best as possible! Today 2 points are not enough! Have a nice weekend,Luciano

Hi and Good Morning My dear dostum Ivan,
A great moment:) you captured here that they are in love.
Perferct focus, great POV and excellent details.
TFS this fine close-up.
Have a nice day!

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-19 11:02]

Hello Ivan,

Both beetles are very clear! the metallic appears and "feathers" on the legs are very clear.

this is a beautiful scene, well framed.

thank you for this picture and thank you for your information!


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