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Spotted Longhorn

Spotted Longhorn
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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: 2011-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-30 11:07
Viewed: 2747
Points: 46
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Spotted Longhorn Beetle - Leptura maculata

This species is only found in southern Scandinavia and particularly in areas near the coast. It is mostly seen on white flowers and above it has settled on a Sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica) while it’s often found on Cow parsley and Ox-eye daisies.

The larvae feed on rotting branches of deciduous trees and take up to two years to develop. On the adult beetle the spots on the elytra can vary in size.

This was taken from a distance of ˝ metre with the camera handheld.

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Hi Mrs.Ulla,

Beautiful picture of this longhorn beetle with good sharpness & colors.
The composition is nice & captured from a good POV. Very well done & TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-30 11:19]

Hello Ulla.
Very good macro capture of this beautifully coloured-paterned Longhorn Beetle species with excellent details, superb DOF and lighting. Great composition too.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ulla,
It is a wonderful macro with great details and very good clarity.
Splendid contrast against the background.
Impressive colors and very good exposure.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-30 11:59]

Hello Ulla,
The composition is marvellous in this photo. Fantastic DOF, sharpness and very beautiful colours. A beauty!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-30 12:18]

Hi Ulla,beautiful capture in a difficult light and on a white carpet,great light balance,details and colors,i know very well this beetle and how isn't east a perfect work like your! My best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

Ciao Ulla, beautiful longhorne beetle on lovely white flowers, fine details, excellent sharpness, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ulla,
A wonderful capture taken from a great POV with excellent sharp details and perfect exposure. Nice colours too and the beautiful flowers contrast very well with green OOF BG. Well done!

Ciao Ulla. Just like a paint this intrigant composition! Best light and colours against the blurred BG.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-10-30 15:03]

Hej Ulla,
Very elegant composition ..
Excellent macro. Pastel colours, very good clarity and sharpness.
Best wishes

I notice some kind of symmetry in this composition, Ulla.
The Beetle straddes the flowers in such a way that its antennae touch the two flowers in front of it and the tip of its abdomen is aligned at the centre of the flower at the rear. The overall arrangement of flowers and their cores is triangular. The dark BG heightens the intensity of this visual experience.
It is your signature work at its best.

Excellent photo Ulla! Interesting subject (I have seen it in Greece), very good composition and wonderful colours. The sharpness and the DOF are impressive. Interesting and beautiful Achillea too!

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-30 23:38]

Bonjour Ulla,
Belle composition pour cet insecte et ces fleurs blanches et bonne netteté.
Félicitations ŕ vous.

Hallo Ulla
Although your longhorn beetle is your main subject, I cannot but help to personally think the flowers are the attraction here. Maybe it is because we saw so many beautiful flowers during our vacation to the Cape Province and they are still in my mind's eye. The image as a whole is lovely and presented in a pleasant manner. The details of both the beetle and the flowers are well seen. Thanks for sharing a great macro. Best regards.

Hi Ulla,
perfect photo of this specie. Great point of view. Excellent sharpness and details. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-31 2:47]

Bonjour Ulla,
A fine reminder of last summer. I like the decentred composition and the space you left for the green background which makes the picture look artistic. A creature which was quite often seen this year in my country too.
Bonne semaine

Hello Ulla,
great capture of this Spotted Longhorn Beetle with very good sharpness and a fine position on some white flowers. I especially like the natural colours and the fine contrast against the dark blurred background.
Best wishes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-10-31 7:47]

Hi Ulla.
This is widespread beetle in our region (if I am not mistaken). You have pictured it at impressive POV on lovely flowers. Their petals are exposure precisely and white colours are simply perfect as well as wonderful deep green smooth BG. MT best wishes. I hope to see more your new shots here in autumn and winter at least :).

hello Ulla
super good composition with great details lovely colours andgood sharpness
thanks greting lou

Hello Ulla,
Nice for me see again your fantastics close-up's made with compact and bridge Canon cameras!... You're a teacher managin this!
Great shot here, with correct whites and impressive light management. Well done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-02 6:22]

Hello Ulla,
very special composition indeed. With the longhorn on the white flower they look so exciting and unique. The shallow depth gives a dramatic effect to the eye.
nice presentation and exciting scenery.


Hallo Ulla,
a superb macro of the Spotted Longhorn Beetle, fine details and marvellous colours, excellent point of view
Best regards

Delicado conjunto de una gran belleza plástica.
Se capta tu sensibilidad con este trabajo: enhorabuena !
Impresionante nitidez y luz.
Saludos Ulla: Josep Ignasi.

wonderful capture, very nice composition in your picture Ulla, congratulations ! very nice colors and good focus and details,

have a good time,

ciao, tino

Hello Ulla.
This is a beautiful image of a spotted longhorn on beautiful white flowers. Love the rendered tone and well defined details in the frame. Great focus control with G9 silenced the background very well.
Thanks and kind regards.

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