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Like Polished Leather

Like Polished Leather
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 mm F2.8L IS Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-04 22:40
Viewed: 2861
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Hermit Beetle , Osmoderma eremita
The scientific name means ‘leather-skinned hermit’

Swedish name: Läderbagge, meaning ‘Leather beetle‘, referring both the leathery appearance of the body as well as smelling like leather.

This is a rare and protected species both in Sweden and the rest of Europe where it is also rare. It is red-listed as Vulnerable.

It belongs to the Scarabaeidae family of beetles.

It is dependent on rotting wood, the larvae feeding on the inside of hollow oaks and sometimes other hollow deciduous trees. As these trees die off or are removed without many successors, the future of this species is threatened.

Though it can fly, its range is limited to about 200 meters, which implies that local survival is dependent on several old oaks in the same area. Being mainly nocturnal and solitary can be the reason for its English name.

This is a female found crawling on the trunk of an old hollow oak not far from where we live. She was quite active and I had little time to adjust my camera settings to get a good shot.

After slight cropping and size reduction this was sharpened and adjusted for light levels.
If I had time to use a higher ISO, I could have increased the shutterspeed and DOF.

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Hello Mr.Ivan,
Beautiful photograph of this Beetle.It is truly looked like a polish leather piece.Well focus and sharpness here.
Thanks for showing us this species,
Kind regards and respect,

Hello Ivan,
Excellent sharp details and the clarity of every colours of the wings are remarkable,a beautiful composition with lovely BG.
Thanks and my regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-03-05 1:21]

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful macro of this Hermit Beetle in excellent sharpness, details and a fine composition. Beautiful natural colours too.

Hello Ivan.
I like the look of your capture of beetles. This The Hermit Beetle exposed lovely details on the back and head. It does shine like polish leather and thus the name.
Thanks and have a great week.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-05 3:38]

Hi Ivam,this is really rare,i never seen in my country and in Gambia too..hheheheh...a great pic and the usual top quality of details in the best exposure,thanks a lot for share and for the comments about my last butterflies.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ivan
Wonderful compozition.The insect is captured in excellent way.The light reflecting on the insec's body increases the beauty of the metalic colours.

Hello Ivan,
As usual a top quality image with superb colors. Amazing details and excellent clarity. Very good WB and perfect POV. I look forward to spring and the flowers bloom.......I hope I wiil get some lovely flowers in this warm days.
Thanks for sharing!

照的很清晰 昆蟲很美麗
還有的姿勢逗趣 背景的石頭更是加添美麗
構圖也美麗 謝謝分享

Hi Ivan,
interesting bug. Amazing colours. Very good details.
Nice composition.
Have a nice week,

Hallo Ivan
a Beauty!!
very nice pose to see this beetle very good
i like the colours and the great sharpness
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ivan. Amazing metallic colours/reflections. Perfect details. TFS.


Ciao Ivan, great macro of fantastic beetle, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan

Great macro of this rare and protected species of beetle,
fine POV, DOF and the way it is framed on the image,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Interesting to see one of the rarest beetles of Europe Ivan! Impressive photo with good composition, nice lighting and good sharpness!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-03-06 2:08]

Bonjour Ivan,
Didn't know this Hermit! Interesting species, I never have seen it. It reminds me a little bit of the Rainbow-beetle we have in my country. Fine classical shot showing the beetle on a oak trunk which gives a good background to the shot.
Bonne journée et amitiés à Ulla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-03-06 2:35]

Hello Ivan
excellent capture in splendid sharpness. The details of the wings and the features really present a splendid composition.
The narrow and shallow depth is so effective.


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