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Green Tiger Beetles

Green Tiger Beetles
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of Europe, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world, Three of A Kind [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-08 7:24
Viewed: 2824
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Green Tiger Beetle - Cicindela campestris

This is by no means a rarely seen species on TN but I doubt if anyone has captured three individuals in one shot before! As we went out for a trip the other day we stopped by a sandpit in bright sunlight. We didn’t expect to find these bright green beetles chasing across the steep walls of the pit as we saw them earlier in the spring. However, they are apparently the new generation commonly seen at this time. They were busy chasing small insects but here they were chasing each other!

This species is common in Europe in sandy habitats.

I managed to capture these from a distance of 1 metre while balancing on the slope and with the camera handheld.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-09-08 7:30]

Hi Ulla,
Three green bugs ...
Congratulations.Composition, detail and colors are very nice.
Best wishes,

Hallo Ulla
Yes, I agree with Seyfi that this is a nice image. The colours and detail is well seen and I like the composition as well as the position of the 3 beetles. Very interesting to read that they where chasing each other and I am sure it must have been quite a comical but also fascinating sight. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-08 8:01]

Hello Ulla,
Very nice photo of these beetles. Very special, three in one photo. The sharpness is not total, but very good on the one in the middle. Beautiful natural colours. Good contrasting BG and composition.

Hello Ulla
I have always seen Tiger Beetles as single. you are lucky. what a beautiful trio of Green Tiger Beetles. focus, POV, and colors very nice. their positions very nice to capture. good informative notes. thanks for sharing. king regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-08 8:38]

Hi Ulla,not the best sharpness but a wonderful and lucky moment..as you wrote is very very difficult to find 3 toghether! I like a lot the metallic colors and the very good contrast whit this terrible background.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-09-08 8:54]

Hi Ulla
What a great triple capture!
This lovely Green Tiger Beetles are lovely!

Hello Ulla, my neigbour,

many thanks fotr giving me the ID. it's indeed rare.
Good compo from these little green beetles.
Great details and fine colours.
I think I never been sen this specie.


Hallo Ulla,
a very beautiful and interesting triple capture of these Green Tiger Beetles, splendid natural colours, i like the dynamic composition.
Best regards

Ciao Ulla. Nice compo in molvbemente with good contrast and colours. Bit focus problems.


I agree with Anna on the positioning! Composition is nice. Hard to focus at 1 meter for me. My hands still shake with medium strength....and nothing to lean on. A learn-able image for me as they may be common, I am not familiar.

Ciao Ulla, great trio of lovely bugs, beautiful light and colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ulla, a lovely scene. I think they are trying to make a meeting:). Excellent shot.
TFS and kind regards,

Hola Ulla

Vaya que insectos más oroginales, desconocidos para mi. bonitos colores verdes, perfecta composición y nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Good Morning Ulla,

A fantastic shot, and lucky catch. Good sharpness and nice vertical framing. Yess!! There is a meeting of the year i think:)))
TFS and have a nice day!


Hi Ulla
Despite the obvious sharpness problems it is a nice presentation. I like the composition and interesting moment with 3 individuals close together as well as a good composition. Nice documentary shot
Best wishes

Hi Ulla,
A nice capture of these three in one frame. Only if they were as sharp as in the WS then it would have been a terrific capture. Very good composition and timing. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello Ulla
great to have three beetles on 1 picture
great shot withgood details but a little more sharpness
greeting lou

Lástima que el enfoque no sea de lo mejor de esta fotografía
ya que la idea en la composición y los contrastes de colores
están muy logrados.
Un abrazo Ulla: Josep Ignasi.

A nice shot, Ulla; your hard has paid off here.
I like the composition.

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