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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-03 12:06
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
I was happy to see my firt Rose Chafer of 2009. This nice and peaceful beetle is easy to approach but unfortunetaly quite rare in Belgium.

Cetonia aurata
Family: Cetoniidae

The Rose Chafer, or more rarely as the green rose chafer, is a reasonably large beetle, 20 mm (¾ in) long, that has metallic green coloration (but can be bronze, copper, violet, blue/black or grey) with a distinct V shaped scutellum, the small triangular area between the wing cases just below the thorax, and having several other irregular small white lines and marks. The underside is a coppery colour. Rose chafers are capable of very fast flight; they do it with their wing cases down thus resembling a bumble bee. They feed on flowers, nectar and pollen, in particular roses (from where they get their name); which is where they can be found on warm sunny days, between May and June/July, occasionally to September.
Rose chafers are found over southern and central Europe and the southern part the UK where they seem to be sometimes very localized. They are a very beneficial saprophagous species (detritivore), their larvae are the insect equivalent of earth worms and help make very good compost where they are often found in great numbers. (Wikipedia)

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-06-03 12:25]

Hello Catherine,
the metallic green surface of the beetle is nicely reproduced.
Colours, light and sharpness are perfect.
Best wishes, Peter

hello Catherine
this is a super picture
you can make the picture's so good sharpness
beautiful colours and good details
i love this beetle very much
ps i have seen this beetle's also in greece
greeting lou

Hi Catherine,

an good sharp composition fom these beetle.
Beautiful colours.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-06-03 13:45]

Bonjour Catherine
Quel belle composition.Premierement jolie macro et image bien en focus avec d'excellent détail.Les couleurs sont également superbe.
Bon texte aussi
Merci Michel

Bonsoir Catherine
C'est un superbe insecte que tu nous envoies avec une excellente composition. Les couleurs sont belles ansi que les détails qui sont de toutess beautés.
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-03 21:59]

Hello Catherine
Excellent details, perfect focus and beautiful colors.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-04 0:25]

Hi Catherine.
Blameless close-up of the beetle. I like all at it. Diagonal composition, wide DOF, extreme details and precise exposure create a wonderful piece of photo art. My compliments and TFS.

Absolutely beautiful Chafer Catherine.
Lovely work!

Gracias Catherine por tu efectiva ayuda en la ID de mi mosca :-) Es un placer contar con personas tan amables.
Tu toma increible sobre todo porque esa tectura es muy difícil de captar y además desde tan cerca. Excelente trabajo.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Bonjour Catherine
Superbe photo de cette cétoine dorée sur de jolies fleurs blanches ce qui fait un beau contraste avec l'insecte vert métalisé,j'ai fait moi-même des photos de cet insecte cette année et j'en ai une qui ressemble beaucoup a celle-là, ce n'est pas simple d'en faire des corrects a cause des reflets mais tu as réussie celle-ci avec brio
Passe une bonne nuit

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