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Wood Tiger Beetle

Wood Tiger Beetle
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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: 2009-08-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of Europe, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-12 12:07
Viewed: 3360
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wood, or Heath Tiger beetle (Cicindela sylvatica)
Swedish name: Skogssandjägare, meaning ‘wood sand hunter’. The Swedish name for Tiger beetles is ‘sand hunter’

This is the largest species of North European Tiger Beetle, being slightly larger than the Green Tiger Beetle. In the Mediterranean countries there is a larger species (Thanks for this info, Radomir!)

It is found in woodland heaths with sandy soils. It flies during the second half of the summer.

It is widespread in most of N. and C. Europe. In the UK it is found in the south where it has become rare because of habitat destruction.

Like other tiger beetles it is a fast running and flying predator, the prey being other invertebrates.

I first spotted it flying looking quite dark, but when the sun shone on its body during flight it had an iridescent peacock blue tone at certain angles. It is generally a dark brown but has a coppery tone in bright sunlight.

I managed to take several shots after chasing it for some time. Like all predatory insects it has eyes that are very sensitive to movement, so one must approach with slow movement and the use of a long lens helps!

It 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 slightly sharpened.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-12 12:11]

Hi Ivan. Sounds like you did well to get this close up of the Tiger beetle. You hae sharp focusing and fine detail. I can see all of the white hairs on the body and legs. With natural colours. Your lens has even picked up the small grains of sand. Well done TFS.

Hello Ivan,

An excellent macro shot of this tiny beetle with attractive natural coloration, sharpness & wonderful details.

Great skill exhibited here...Ivan & TFS.

Kind regards


Hello Ivan,
to day my neighbour; a superb macro shot of Cicindela sylvatica, marvellous bright colours and outstanding sharpness, splendid BG of sand crystals, excellent POV, DOF and composition.
Best regards

Hello Ivan!
Nice capture of Cicindela sylvatica sylvatica, a species which in Polish is also named "wood tiger beetle". Low POV, good sharpness and DOF make this photo very atractive. But I have one small correction. This species is not the biggest tiger beetle in Europe. The biggest is Megacephala (Grammognatha) euphratica Dejean. This species has even 3cm and can be found in extremely south of Spain and also in S Greece and Cyprus :>
Best regards,

PS. Traditionally I would like to add this picture to 2 of my themes: Cicindelidae of Europe and world, do you accept this proposition? :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-12 12:38]

Hello Ivan,
Number 601 is again a very special and beautiful photo in great quality. Perfect sharp focus/details and beautiful natural colours, taken from a very good POV.

Supongo que has hecho feliz a Radomir con esta bella toma Ivan jeje. Te imagino por el suelo para capturarla desde ese ángulo tan bajo. No entiendo tanta calidad disparando desde tan lejos; yo con mi 105 mm es raro que me aleje del motivo más de 60 cm.
Buen trabajo.

Saludos y buen Domingo: J. Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-12 15:13]

Hi Ivan,i'm not a beetle fan but your pic is so fantastic that need a stop.I'm surprising from the incredible sharpness,this is a very professional pic ready for the magazines of nature.My double compliments,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

hello Ivan

an excellent photo of this insect with very fine POV, DOF
and the way it is framed on the image, superb focus on it
with great sharpness & details, and excellent luminosity,



Hi Ivan,
The focus and exposure are perfect. Very nice picture of this tiny insect. Very well done and tfs.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-09-12 21:43]

Hello Ivan

A lovely shot of this beetle. Very good detail, pose and exposure.


Hallo Ivan
I really like the sight of this hairy "old chap". The features seen on this beetle is fascinating to look at and you have captured it really well. The photography on this one is excellent, especially if I look at the catchlight caught in the polkadot eye of this little insect, and the clarity of the segmented parts on the paws. I very much like the sand as backdrop as well. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-12 23:19]

Hello Ivan
An interesting insect capture with great details and perfect focus.
Well done

Very sharp and impressive macro capture of this Tiger Beetle, Ivan.
The sand granules under it are also in great focus and make a wonderful composition with the subject.
TFS and regards.

hello Ivan
exceptional scene, very good photographic output, difficult colours but great result

Hi Ivan,

A great shot, taken with fine focus, and detail. The colours and hairs show very well, the sand grains are good. Well stalked and taken, thanks for sharing.

best regards Bill

Hi Ivan,
you add an impressive picture to the Tiger beetle collection on TN. I know how hard it is to catch one of these fast runners with the camera and have all the parameters right, so I admire your result.
My best regards

An other very good macro with good control of DOF
Well done

Ciao Ivan, good macro of strange beetle with fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-09-13 6:51]

Hello Ivan,
a very nice and sharp first picture of a beetle which is not so easy to capture. Fine details, pleasant natural colours and well balanced light.Best regards Siggi

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-13 7:35]

Hi Ivan,
Ser ganska ... Denna insekt häftig!
Jag har aldrig sett något liknande förut.
Tack för tillfället.
En trevlig söndag,

hello Ivan
super sharpness and good details
nice colours and good light
i like this picture ,i have found a specie of this beetle also in greece
greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-09-13 8:48]

Beautifully captured wood tiger beetle, good details and very difficult viewpoint. tfs.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-09-13 11:07]

Hello Ivan!

Fantastic shot of this predator in wood variant :-) Sharp and clear, with very well visible thin area of proper DOF. With strange vertical line in its eye and big jaws it looks very dangerous. My favourite beetle for sure!

Ciao Ivan. Top level for sharp and light, excellente details and superb compo.


merhaba dostum Ivan
Cicindelidae beetles are from the most beautiful Coleoptera. I also like very much them. I have visited shots of Radomir and others in many times. Now, again.
Wood Tiger Beetle was captured greatly by your camera.sandy BG great as like focus, POV/DOF and composition. nicely framed and noted with good information.
thanks for sharing and have a nice week, my friend

Hello Ivan
a fine capture of this Heath Tiger Beetle taken with sharp details and nice pose and POV
the sand looks like crystals in the beautiful sunlight
interesting note
Have a good night

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-10-09 13:50]

Hi Ivan

Long time no chat....i hope you and Ulla are doing ok :)
I just had a look through your gallery and knowing that you shoot almost all your macros with the 300mm lens + 1.4 TC, i immediately saw this photo and found myself very puzzled. I only found one tiger beetle last year and back then i only shot macros with my 70-300mm Sigma. I remember it was very difficult to take any good photos of it due to the long distance between me and the beetle and because the speed of these little fellows. This is why i was surprised to see such a fantastic shot form you with an even longer combination :)
The low-angled POV you got here is terrific and the sharpness you managed to produce is impeccable!
My sincere congratulations for pulling this excellent macro off!

Bravo and TFS

Günaydın Dostum Ivan,

An excellent macro capture of a Heath Tiger beetle from fine POV with excellent clarity, great DOF, details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


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