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lesser stag beetle

lesser stag beetle
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-09-22 7:54
Viewed: 2304
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lesser stag beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus) is a species of stag beetle found in Europe.
Both sexes resemble the female stag beetle (Lucanus cervus), though they are a uniformly blackish colour rather than having the chestnut brown wing covers of the larger species. Males have distinctly knobbed antennae, and although their jaws are somewhat larger than those of the females, they are nowhere near as large as those of many other male stag beetles. The lesser stag beetle is similar in appearance to the related antelope beetle (Dorcus parallelus) of North America.
Adults are from 18 to 32 mm (0.7 to 1.3 in) in length. Like those of other stag beetles, the white, C-shaped larvae feeds on wood. Adults as well as larvae are found in very soft decaying wood of broad-leaved trees, especially ash (Fraxinus excelsior), beech (Fagus sylvatica) and apple (Malus spp).
Adults are active in summer and disperse by flying, and sometimes coming to outside lights. This is a widespread species in most of England and is generally common (except in the far north), coming into gardens wherever there are orchards, old hedges or large trees.

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Great to see you posting after a very long time, Pawel.
This picture of a Stag Beetle is just outstanding. What lovely colour this insect has! It just stands out against the man-made wall.
TFS and hope to see you posting regularly.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-09-22 8:32]

Hallo Pawel.
Juz myslalem ze sie z nami rozwiodles.Masle ze teraz bedziesz mial troche wiecej czasu bo tu jest coraz gorzej.Piekny okaz na tym tynkowym podlozu.Bardzo dobra ostrosc i swietne detale.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hello Mr.Pawel,
Excellent picture.Very much 'ALIVE' and can feel its presence.
Thanks for sharing,

hallo pawel
great sharpness and good details of this big beetle
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hallo Pawel
Great macro, beautiful details and sharpness, especially against the white textured background. Great composition and very nice point of view. Thanks for sharing as well as good note. Best regards.

Hi Pawel,
Nice macro with great sharp details on the beetle. I also like the textures of the wall - but a tighter crop on each side, except for the top, might be more powerful in my opinion. A great shot nevertheless.
Best wishes, László

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-03-05 4:04]

Hi Pawel.
It is a happy meeting. I met such insects only few times. Great close-up with ultimate details of the beetle. Clearness of the image is exceptional. Well done and TFS.

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