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metallic scarab

metallic scarab
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-21 13:26
Viewed: 3268
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The earth-boring dung beetles (Geotrupes stercorosus)are a family of beetles (Geotrupidae — Greek geos, earth, and trypetes, borer). They are coprophagous beetles similar to scarab beetles and bolboceratids

They communicate by stridulation (rubbing body parts together to make sounds). They prepare underground burrows for their larvae, provisioning them with dung.

This one is black-blue metallic and it was about 20 mm long. I saw him in a a forrest flying streight in my direction so I took cover, it seems to be a big insect when it's flying. But he was very nice, gave me the chance to make some shots before he flew away.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-21 13:32]

it's not an easy one,
but I like the capture you made here, the light is nice. Ut you must have a luck to made the eye contact. Whatever you did a very good job here Sabine,
gr. Jaap

Sharp details and great exposure of this difficult black scarab Wishnu. Great DOF. Well done. Thank You.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-21 14:34]

Hi Sabine,

Good picture! Details are really sharp and composition is excellent. Except for the few hot spots (on the legs and on the back) exposure is also really well. Well done & TFS!


Hallo Sabine, tolles Foto vom Waldmistkäfer.
Bis vor kurzen konnten man hier in den Buchenwäldern regelrechte Wanderungen dieses Käfers beobachten. Meine Fotos von dem Käfer sind nicht so gut wie Dein Foto.
Dein Foto ist gestochen scharf, Belichtung und Tiefenschärfe sehr gut. Farblich gibt es auch nichts zu mäkeln. Howard hat Recht, dieser Käfer ist verdammt schwierig gut zu fotografieren. Danke für das tolle Foto.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-21 15:06]

Hi Sabine,
good capture, nice macro. I like the sharpness and colours. Really well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hallo Sabine,
so genau habe ich nie einen Mistkäfer betrachten können. Der Panzer scheint tatsächlich aus Metall zu sein. Auf jeden Fall glänzt er schön. Du hast ihn doch nicht etwa vorher geputzt ?
Schönes wochende wünscht Dir

Hi Sabine,
An excellent macro shot. Excellent job with the flash to get this good exposure. Nice color and detail. The composition and framing look perfect.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-21 20:06]

Hi Sabine, the beetle looks good. But being metallic makes the lights shine too brightly on his body. Good composition and POV, well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-22 3:56]

What an impressive and interesting insect that you have well captured ! Good close-up but just few hot spot because of flash... Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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