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Lilioceris lilii

Lilioceris lilii
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-17 23:01
Viewed: 2489
Points: 46
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The scarlet lily beetle (Lilioceris lilii), or red / leaf lily beetle, is a leaf beetle that eats the leaves, stem, buds and flower of lilies, fritillaries and other members of the family Liliaceae. They mainly lay their eggs on Lilium and Fritillaria species. Observed in absence of Lilium and Fritillaria species, the numbers of eggs laid were significantly less and the survival rate of eggs and larvae were lowered. It is now a pest in most temperate climates where lilies are cultivated. Lily leaf beetles overwinter in the soil and come out early in spring whereas adults stay in moist environments .
Lily leaf beetles (Lilioceris lilii), belong to the Order Coleoptera, Family Chrysomelidae. In general, adult lily leaf beetles are around 6 to 9 mm (¼–⅜ in) in length. The adult's elytra (harder forewings) are shiny and bright scarlet in colour. The lily leaf beetle's underside, legs, eyes, antennae and head are all pitch black, greatly contrasting the bright red colour of the wings. They have large eyes, a slim thorax (neck) and a wide abdomen. Their antennae are made up of 11 segments. Furthermore, they have notched eyes and two apparent grooves on their thorax.
They are often confused with the Cardinal beetles as they also have a black underside and wings that are spotless and red in colour. However, the lily leaf beetles have wings that are shinier with tiny dimples on them, they are more rounded in shape compared to the dull, narrow, flattened and elongated Cardinal beetle. Another difference between the two is their food preference. Lily leaf beetles are herbivores and are usually found on lily plants eating their leaves whereas the cardinal beetles are usually found on tree bark and flowers and feed on flying insects.Lastly, the cardinal beetle has a comb-like antennae.
Lily leaf beetles are fast fliers and hide very well. Additionally, when disturbed, they make a squeaky noise to deter predators. They could also be confused with unspotted ladybirds. Lily leaf beetles however are much slimmer than ladybirds.

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Hallo Siggi
Sehr schönes Gelingen dieses Foto sind die Sauberkeit, und die Farben Qualität.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2010-07-18 0:47]

Merhaba Siegfried!

At first, a careless eye may not notice the ant. However, after he noticed the presence of the composition is changed completely and turns into a different story. Ant, as if a "morality police as" a natural action is trying to avoid the bugs. Besides being a successful photo, has an interesting composition.



Celny strzal, wyjatkowo ciekawy owadzi uklad.
Super makro!

Hi Siggi,

that's a long time ago.
a great macro shot with exellent pov, dof and sharpness.
Fine colours with egal bg.
And you have a surpise as well on the beetles.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-18 1:13]

Beautifull and curious macro my friend...a very nice moment taken whit great class..and whit a bonus between the 2 beetles..ehehe...i like a lot the lisght reflections on the red body..very well done.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-18 1:33]

Hello Siggi,
We are neighbours today!
Fine sharp macro of two Lily beetles in copulo.
The natural colours, composition, BG, POV and the visitor ant all contribute to a superb image that is great to view!
Thanks and enjoy your Sunday,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-18 2:26]

Lieber Siegfried,
Ein toller Schnappschuss zeigst Du uns hier. Mir gefallen solche Bilder, die eine Gschichte erzählen speziell gut und wenn auch nicht alles im totalen Fokus steht. Schöner Farbkontrast und gute horizontale Bilddarstellung.
Herzlich grüsst

Ciao Siegfried. Ah! Wondeful moment of love for two red/black...with the pleasant outsider! Nice compo and exciting warm tones like BG!


Hi MF Siggi:)

That's quite a macro, you've captured nature at its best:)
Excellent sharpness, and the soft blurr background is perfect.
TFS and have anice sunday MF!


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-07-18 7:27]

Witaj siggi,
Dosc dlugo nie widzialem twojej obecnosci. Taka erotyczna scena czerwonych stworzen jest nieco zaklocona przez mrowke. uchwyciles niecodzienny moment.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

hello Siegfried,
Very nice capture with vivid colours and great sharpness.
Outstanding clarity and details.

Géniale cette photo!
Bravo Siegfried continue

Qué ímpetu el pequeño Lilioceris :-)
Buen encuadre y colores.
El enfoque puede mejorar... y es que nos tienes muy bien acostumbrados.
Saludos Siegfried: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Siggi, lovely couple in great maiting action and little ant seiing with great interest, fine details, splendid sharpness, wonderful blurry BG, great natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Siggi,
Excellent capture ,sharpness and colours are great.Wonderful moment,
TFS, regards,

Hello Siegfried friend!
Stunning colors. POV impressive, incredible light, and a majestic BG!
Y. .. what the hell does that ant there?? has haaaaa haaaaaa ... what madness! :)
Regards, Jesús

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-07-18 13:18]

Hi Siegfried. A first class close up of the pair together . Your sharp focusing has given fine detail on the brightly coloured bodies.I have seen them fall to the ground when disturbed. TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-18 16:50]

Hi Siggi,

Fantastic!! Did you see the ant when you shot the picture. The love making beetles are wonderful and the small intruder steals the scene. The colors and details of the shiny red beetles are superb. Background and composition are wonderful. This is one of those once in a lifetime shots.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-19 1:23]

Czesc Siggi!

Bardzo ladne makro interesujacych i kolorowych chrzaszczy. Widac, ze zebralo im sie na amory, a mrowce wyraznie zal :-) Rewelacyjny moment udalo ci sie zlapac i to z bardzo wysoka jakoscia!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-19 4:58]

Hello Siggi,
Great macro shot of the pair insect in love with great sharpness and excellent colors.TFS.
Best regards,

hello Siegfried
great shot of this beautiful beetlems
great details and good sharpness
greeting lou

Hello Siegfried
great capture of this three insectes, i love the composition very much, but also the beautiful BG, DOF and point of view
the trio is sharp detailled and the colors are absolutely fantastic
Have a good night

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-22 22:18]

Hi Siegfried.
Wonderful capture of these cute trio. Superb direct POV and composition. Details of the beetles as well as bud are simply great. I also like fine colours of the shot and very pleasant smooth BG. First class close-up. My compliments and TS.

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