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Scarabaeus melolontha

Scarabaeus melolontha
Photo Information
Copyright: Filipe Caetano (Filipe_Caetano) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 79] (368)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-29 6:31
Viewed: 5882
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Portuguese]
Curious beetle, whose larva reaches 4 cm and is an important plague of cultures.
"The evolutive cycle during three years. In the first year females deposit eggs in the ground, about 25 to 30 cm of depth. The larvae come out, during the summer, feeding roots of little plants. In the autumn, they are embedded in the ground to hibernate. In the second year, the cycle happens again, but larvae already are more developed and damages are most important, since in the third year, next to complete the life cycle, are much less voracious."

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brilliantly taken closeup of the insect. great sharpness, contrast and clarity. thanks for sharing, congrats.

Hello Filipe,
Curious beetle indeed and what a fabulous image! Wonderful colours, resolution and composition. And a beautiful complementing background. Pity the DOF could not have started a little closer but full marks nevertheless. Well done. A great pleasure to view.


What a great macro shot this is! Captured from a great POV & excellent sharpness.
The antenna's are amazing. Well done & TFS.

fantastic supermacro, TFS ori

Awesome picture, the sharpness is perfect and the colors are beautiful. TFS.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-29 7:28]

Hello Filipe,
Impressive macro taken from a very good frontal POV. Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful saturated colours. Great blurred BG.

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  • Kasek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 13 N: 50] (284)
  • [2011-06-29 7:44]

Great background. Excellent details and colors, lovely composition. Really intresting object in great pose. Well done !

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-06-29 8:44]

Hello Felipe
Perfect! Thanks for sharing

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-29 10:12]

Olá Felipe!
Incrível macro com excelentes detalhes desse estranho inseto.Os olhos parecem duas esmeraldas! Que natureza surpreendente! E que antenas mais estilosas! Maravilhosa essa sua foto! Obrigada por compartilhar!
Um abraço!

Parabens Filipe!
Que foto formosa desse inseto com olhos incriveis! A natureza nunca deixe de nos supreender.


absolutely expressive close up with remarkable detail and breathtaking clarity Filipe Caetano!
George Veltchev

I never seen this type of insect. very rare I think. well captured picture with excellent sharpness.

Hi Filipe,

Excellent photo. Extraordinary detail of this very strange insect.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-06-30 2:17]

Hello Filipe,
It's very curious view, excellent macro, perfectly sharp and nice colours.
Regards, Pawel

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