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Hunting Posture?

Hunting Posture?
Photo Information
Copyright: Leo Baquerfo (shakerz) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 230] (1127)
Genre: Monera
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/20 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-28 5:23
Viewed: 3766
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As I observed, this tiger beetle simply snatching the foods from ants. After eating it, it will go back again to find some foods to eat. Ants are passing on same line so I waited there. This image perhaps is not hunting posture, he is observing some acceptable foods from what ants they are carrying.

Camera Set-up:
manual focusing, manual shooting mode, flash 580EX (tilted about 45 degress) with omnibounce diffuser,auto-white balance, battery grip and lens hood were detached, body flat on the ground,

Additional info about this fella:

The tiger beetles (family Cicindelidae) are members of the suborder Adephaga within the Order Coleoptera.

Adult tiger beetles are characterized by large, prominent compound eyes and eleven-segmented, filiform antennae. The antennae are inserted on the frons above the clypeus and below the eyes. The head, at the eyes, is wider than the pronotum (in most common genera of cicindelids). The tarsi are five-segmented.

Adult beetles of the families Cicindelidae (tiger beetles) and Carabidae (ground beetles) are quite similar morphologically, and indeed some authors place the tiger beetles in the subfamily Cicindelinae within the family Carabidae. The ground beetles differ in the following ways: antennae inserted above the mandibles to the side of the clypeus, and below the eyes. Most ground beetles have a head, at the eye, which is narrower than the pronotum (in most genera).

The larvae of the tiger beetles are highly predaceous (like many larvae of the Carabidae), but have several unique characteristics which justify their separation from the Carabidae

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An amazing insect and very well captured. The POV is ideal for this shot and you've achieved just the right amount of DOF. Everything is sharp and well exposed. Great shot.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-04-28 7:40]

Dear Leo, these beetles are fast and shy. Nevertheless, you achieved a picture out of an unusual interesting perspective, from eye to eye. The sharpness is just in the right plane, showing details of the Cicindelide and also of the sandy ground. A nice presentation of this species!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-04-28 8:56]

Nice photo of the beautiful and interesting beetle. Very good POV, sharpness and colors.

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  • Jannie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
  • [2006-04-28 11:18]

Excellent detail and vivid colours. Great pose and POV.

Very well captured

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-04-28 17:31]

Hi Leo,

Strong image!
Excellent sharp, details and colours!
Well done!!!

TFS :-)

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-29 16:23]

Stunning macro!
Perfect DOf with excellent details!
5* and TFS!

Dear Leo!
Vice photo of my favourite beetle group! :)
I will send you the name of this species very soon.
Best regards,

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