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Thanasimus formicarius

Thanasimus formicarius
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-17 6:52
Viewed: 3245
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Les Follatères:
Anne (anel) encouraged me to show some of my own harvest during our recent excursion in Valais (see "map" for location). Here is an 8 mm long Ant beetle (Coleoptera; Cleridae; Thanasimus formicarius (L.); Ameisen-Buntkäfer; le Clairon des fourmis). They nervously run around on freshly felled resin wood. Their food is bark beetles; they may find them by their odor; at least Ant beetles get sometimes caught in pheromone traps for bark beetles. Ant beetles are found in almost the entire Palearctic region.

ID: easy for once, uff! The only other Thanasimus species in our region, T. rufipes has (as the latin name suggests) red legs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-17 7:20]

Hello Dietrich,
Nice to see this species in macro format!
Your skills in macro photography have resulted in fine sharpness and good use of flash without much reflection so that this Thanasimus species is well portrayed from the dorsal POV.
Thank you and best regards!

Ciao Dietrich, fantastic beetle with wonderful details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Dietrich,
Excellent sharp capture of this Cleridae, with fine colours and details. Well done! Cheers,

Hallo Dietrich,
a very good macro shot, superb sharpness and splendid colours, very good POV and nice composition.
Best regards

Hi Dietrich,

Has an excellent macro.
Insect species belonging to this interesting and beautiful all the details masterfully exposed.
Light, very successful set sharpness and clarity.
Thanks for Sharing.

Best Regards,

Hi Dietrich

Great macro of this interesting species, I have never seen it before. Good composition and sharpness. TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-18 6:24]

Lieber Dieter,
Kommt mir doch bekannt vor.. mit deinem Ringblitz kannst Du mehr Details hervorzaubern, sehe ich. Mein Bild war irgendwie zu dunkel. Ich dachte wir hatten das Bild in Champex gemacht und nicht in Dorénaz..
Ich wünsche ein schönes (hoffentlich)Wochenende
Herzliche Grüsse

Hello Dietrich,

A very nice shot of this interesting mimic. Nicely detailed, and good exposure. A very interesting-looking insect too.


Hola Dietrich,
llevaba ya bastante tiempo sin visitar tu galería y al ver tu voto y amables comentarios lo hice :-)

Interesante trabajo de este pequeño escarabajo. No se si tú lo observas, pero cada vez quedan menos especies que cuando éramos niños eran muy corrientes !

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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