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Izmir’s Oil Beetle -1st on TN- for Josep

Izmir’s Oil Beetle -1st on TN- for Josep
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 500, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Arthropods [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-21 10:46
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Alosimus smyrnensis (Izmir’s Oil Beetle) [in Turk. İzmir Yakı Böceği]

Today another 1st on TN post which I captured it in Hierapolis (Pamukkale, Denizli province) during our trip to there with Catherine. I also attached another shot of the same beetle from different POV as WS.

After uploading the previous post, I remembered that I’ve dedicated it to our friend Josep, therefore today I would like to dedicate these two shots to our friend, Josep Ignasi Tejedor (jignasi). Hope you can like these too MF!

TFL and Cheers,

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.



The family Meloidae is commonly known as oil or blister beetles. They are generally medium to large-sized (3-35 mm), elongate, soft-bodied, elytra with soft and flexible, pronotum narrower than either the head or the elytra. The Meloidae is one of the most interesting of all Coleoptera families on account of the remarkable biology; hypermetamorphic, that is, the first instar larva (triungulin) is active and campodeiform, while the subsequent larval stages are sedentary and scarabaeiform. The larvae are semi-parasitic predators, usually feeding either in the nests of bees on the larvae and foodstores, or on the egg cases (oothecae) of grasshoppers. Adult meloids are phytophagous, and certain groups, on account of their moderate size and swarming behaviour, can cause considerable damage to crops by feeding on the foliage or flowerheads. Thus, a species may often be beneficial to agriculture as a larva, helping to control grasshopper populations, yet be a pest as an adult. Some sepcies are considered destructive, for their larvae feed on bee eggs and on the food stored in the cells, and the adults feed on plants.

The Meloidae comprise approximately 120 genera and 3000 species, which are widely distributed throughout most regions of the world, especially favouring warmer and drier climates. Adults of many species of Meloidae are destructive pests of a wide variety of ornamental flowers and agricultural crops, including potato, tomato, various leguminous plants, flax, pulses, okra, tabacco, sugarbeet, onion, spinach, pumpkin, mango, citrus fruits and some other crops in various countries. Some species of Meloidae were was reported as pests on various cultivated plants in Turkey. At least 10 species of the genus Alosimus has been reported from Turkey.

Izmir’s Oil Beetle is very common in Aegean Region of Turkey and reported from Izmir, Denizli, Kütahya and Uşak provinces. There is also some sporadic and questionable records from Greece (Parnassus & Rhodes) and Iran.


1. Alosimus Mulsant, 1857 - BioLib
2. Özbek, H. & Szaloki, D. (1998). A contribution to the knowledge of the Meloidae (Coleoptera)fauna of Turkey along with new records. Turkish Journal of Zoology), 22: 23-40.

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Hi Bareatom,
Beautiful macro photo, even if the closest (to your position) square millimeters of the insect became a bit out of focus. Awesome color palette, excellent composition and background blur - plus naturally a nice dedication to our friend Josep Ignasi. Tfs, congrats (also for another first post of you).
Friendly regards, László

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-21 10:59]

Hello MF Bayram.
A lovely macro with lovely colour and great detail. You have captured the texture of this Beetle very well.Best regards Siggi

ovvv.. az önce bakmışstım hoca bugün yüklemeyecek dedim kendime. Yanılmışım:)
Muhteşem renkler ve harika bir çekim. Ismi bile symyrnensis:)
Emeklerinize sağlık Bayram hocam. Saygılarımla.


Hi little bro,

what a beautiful beetle, i think it are just sharp enough by the head.
Good pov and details.
Fine colours.
I never been seen this specie.
Congratulations again for the first.


Hola Bayram

Impresionante esta macro tan efectiva, con esos colores estupendos. Buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Ciao BBB. A new jewel like gift for J.I. Great light and wondeful metallic colours. very well done.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-21 11:53]

Hello Bayram,
Congratulations on another new species for TN. Wonderful saturated and contrasting colours. Awesome sharpness and details. Very beautiful blurry BG and diagonal composition. Nice dedication.

Merhaba sevgili Bayram,
It's nice you found the ID of this lovely beetle with fantastic turquoise colours and great sharpness. I remember it well. I also tried to capture it, but without success... I know why. I was perturbed by the strong wind. I see that it was not a problem for you! Iyi geceler,
P.S. I will post one of the mine as WS...:)

Adı gibi güzel bir böcek Bayram hocam. Ellerinize ağlık.
İyi geceler.

Dayi muhtesem renler ve cok guzel bir bocek. Ellerine saglik.

Bayram..Yaradan ne guzel yaratmis..renkeri muhtesem..
Tebrikler canim kardesim..yine bir ilke imza atmissin.
Ellerine ve emeklerine saglik..hepimizden selam ve sevgiler.

Hello Bayram,
Great shot with such nice vivid colours and excellent focus. Razor sharp details
and perfect clarity. Very nice composition. Outstanding metallic green colours.

Hocam iyi geceler, izmirli bayağı güzelmiş:)
Renkler göz alıcı cinsten. Detaylar ve kompozisyon her zamanki gibi birinci sınıf kalitede.
Ellerinize sağlık.

Bayram hocam, İzmir'liden çirkin olmaz zaten:)
Muhteşem iki kare olmuş. TN'ae bir ilk daha...
Emeklerinize sağlık hocam. İyi geceler.

Hocam merhabalar.
Bu böcek çok farklı bir böcekmiş.
Açıklamalar da harika.
Teşekkürler. Eelrinize sağlık

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-21 14:58]

Yine döktürmüşsün Dostum,
Zümrütten bir mücevher gibi duruyor.Fotograf kalitesi her zamanki gibi üst seviyede.İlk fotograf olması da tabii ki çok önemli.İyi geceler,ellerine sağlık..

Two Masters traveling together is synergistic. I hope you are familiar with that word. I remember it well from the 1960's when books were written about certain ingested combinations of drugs and chemicals with herb. *(not to worry as that was many years ago and since have seen Midnight Express filmed in Turkey)

Both of your posts today were superior...I am still stuck in my archives, but arrival of power wheelchair will help that...and driving again next spring after a years break. Wow!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-21 21:34]

Szia Baratom Bayram,
Splendid photo of this Insekt, first Time on TN, congratulations and TFS! Have a nice day!

Bayram hocam, bir böcekte böyle bir güzellik, ancak izmirlide olurdu sanırım;) muhteşem...
Ellerinize sağlık. Saygılarımla,


Ciao Bayram, an other great first for you, beautiful beetle with fantastic bright colors, good details, lovely blurry BG and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-22 1:59]

Hi Bayram,the incredible quality of this metallic green is enough for me....i know how isn't easy to do a pic like that,very good sharpness and focus too.Thanks for this new guest of TN,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Selam My Dear Friend,
What an amazing looking beautiful blister beetle. Very well captured by you with good composition and good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Merhaba Hocam,
Bizim Denizlili böcüğü İzmirli diye lanse etmişsiniz.:)) Şaka bir yana parlak metalik renklere sahip güzel bir Meloidae üyesi. Bazı türlerinin larvalarının çiçeklere tırmandığını ve gelen arılara tutunup arı kovanlarında parazit yaşadıklarını biliyorum.
Elinize sağlık,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-22 11:23]

Iyi aksamlar (Prof. TN first) Bayram!
A superb macro of this colourful species of Oil Beetle. The features are well presented from a great POV with excellent sharpness and colours against a clean BG.
Congratulations dostum!
Have a nice evening,

hello Bayram
beautiful shot with great details and beautiful colours
congrat with this first post
greeting lou

hello Bayram

great macro shot of this insect, with fine POV and appropriate framing,
very beautiful soft luminosity and colour tones, excellent sharpness details,



Discúlpame Bayram y muchas gracias además por avisarme.
La fotografía maravillosa.
Te contesto por correo aparte.
Un abrazo.

Merhaba bayram hocam,

Metalik yeşil renk harika gözüküyor.
Ustaca yakın çekim hem güzel detayları hem de güzel renkleri ortaya çıkarmış.
Bu arada hemşehrim Ömer ile diyaloğunuz çok eğlenceli, çok güldüm :))

Selam ve saygılarımla.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-03 18:41]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
wow.....besides being sharp and clear, the details are really stunning. You have produced a mighty work on this bug. How the beautiful bright polours are shown.
Furthermore it is something new.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-10-04 10:09]

Hi Bayram, again

it is nice to see that you are interested in Blister beetles as well and that you know a lot about their biology. From biologist to biologist I can tell you that I published 1'000 years or so ago two articles on the feeding of Lytta vesicatoria larvae in the laboratory. We were able to raise them to adults on domestic bee eggs and pollen and then investigated the biosynthesis of Cantharidin in males and females. Since Meloids have two pupal stages I was later on (as a post-doc at Texas A&M University) interested (but unable) to unravel the hormonal mechanism for "Hypermetamorphosis". Nice to talk about echoes from the past.

Best regards, Bayram

Fantastic picture sir...!!! :-)

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