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Malachius on Scabiosa

Malachius on Scabiosa
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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: 2010-05-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-30 5:00
Viewed: 3089
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
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Common Malachite beetle
Zweifleckiger Zipfelkäfer
Malachie à deux points

Size: 5,5-6mm
Distribution: Europe, Sibiria, Anatolia
Habitat: Grassy areas. These beetles don't live on higher altitudes.

There are several species of the Malchiidae family and I hope that my ID is correct
This small beetle was perched on the beautiful Scabiosa columbaria. For me it looks like a very beautiful jewel on a fine flower.

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beautiful shot , lovely colors, nice clarity

Hy Anne
We are neighbours today! Excellent shapness in both flower and insect. Very natural colors, a perfect bg as well.
My kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-30 5:31]

Hello Anne,
Fantastic photo of this flower with a great bonus, the beetle. Both are impressive in quality. Great contrasting plain BG. Very beautiful!

hello Anne
this is a SUPER picture
2 BEAUTY,s on 1 Picture
super sharpness and good details with beautiful colours
very good
greeting lou

Hello Anne,
Excellent capture with superb details and very good contrast.
Outstanding clarity and focus.
Nice composition and good POV.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-30 6:29]

Hello Anne,
A brilliant capture of this tiny Beetle on a pretty Scabious flower. Excellent details and lovely natural colours. I've got a capture of the same or similar one that I named Cordylepherus viridis - but I gather they're very similar indeed.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-30 7:40]

Bonjour Anne,
A superb macro of both the Scabiosa and the small beetle. It is difficult to ID this as there are very similar species but you may be right in that it is Malachius. The technical quality is first class with fine colours and sharpness and the composition and BG superb.
Very nice to view!
Merci et bonne soirée,
Avec meilleurs pensées,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-30 8:06]

Lovely flowers with fine viewpoint showing its symmetry (like a crown) and colors against neat background. The Beetle really a jewel in the crown. tfs.

Bonsoir Anne,
Superbe composition avec des couleurs vraiment splendides. La fleur en elle-même était déjà parfaite, mais tu y as ajouté une jolie Malachite, comme un petit bijou. Bravo et bonne semaine,

Ciao Anne, great macro with lovely malaschius on a beautiful flower, splendid blurry BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-05-30 9:55]

Hello Anne,
What a splendid composition and perfect work. The flower and beetle look marvelous, colours, light and sharpness are unusual quality.
Regards, Pawel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-30 11:41]

Hi Anne. I do love the colour of the Scabiosas flower. Which you have taken with such sharp foccusing and fine detail. All with the bonus of the little green bug. Well taken TFS.

hello Anne,
congratulations for the wonderful photo, excellent POV, great sharpness and contrast, natural colors.
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Hi Anne,

A very nice macro of this metalic green, tiny beetle. He looks like he is wating for just the right opportunity to feed with nectar. The colorful flower is incredible also.
TFS and have a nice week!


Bonjour Anne
Ce disque floral va-t-il tourné avec l'insecte aux commandes !!
merci pour cette image raffinée et douce.

Ciao Anne. Impressive DOF here by a great POV. Perfect sharpened and focuse macro shot with intrigant metallic colours. Nice compo, as usual.


Hi Anne

Good shot of this beautiful flower and the beetle is a bonus. In this case the central position of the flower in the shot works well as the off centre bettle allows the eye to travell around teh image. Good DOF and OOF background.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-05-31 19:33]

High quality macro work.
Precise focus, rich details, successful POV-DOF and fine colour.

En tu línea de elegancia y buen hacer Anne. El enfoque es magnífico, apoyado por un fondo uniforme bien contrastado. Excelente trabajo.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

très jolie macros les couleurs et la netteté est bien réalisée .
Bonne journée Marilène.

Ciao Anne,
prima di tutto complimenti per le varie immagini che hai presentato in questo periodo, sempre superlative le immagini dei fiori, soprattutto a livello compositivo, forse manca un po' di definizione in quella della Veronica comune; la Polissena è molto bella con colori resi perfettamente, forse un po' troppo "sharp"; mi piace moltissimo questa "girandola", perfetta ed armoniosa in ogni elemento e in ogni più piccolo dettaglio, mi aspetto che si alzi un po' di venticello e si metta a girare ......
Grazie e complimenti
Buon pomeriggio
Con amicizia

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