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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.8
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of Europe, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world, Insects (Insecta), Tiger beetles saga [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-09 12:58
Viewed: 5672
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Friends!
Believe me or not, but three years ago I presented my first picture in TN gallery :> During this period I learned a lot from you, I had opportunity to watch your interesting and beautiful pictures and to read a lot of informative notes. I also had a pleasure to show you different creatures and places on my pictures.
Many thanks for watching my pictures for your nice comments and honest critiques!!!:>

Well, because of today’s special occasion, here it is a picture presenting a member of my favorite insect group - tiger beetles :>

This is a male of Cicindela (Cicindela) maroccana Fabricius, 1801, species described from Morocco, but known also from some regions in Europe. This species is a little similar to another European species - Cicindela campestris.
It is divided into two subspecies:

-spp. maroccana Fabricius, 1801 - known from Morocco, Spain, and Portugal
-ssp. pseudomaroccana Roeschke, 1891 - occurring in Andorra, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

It occurs on river banks, where it prefers clay soil with low vegetation. Imagines can be found in spring period.

Cicindela maroccana maroccana is one of 19 species occurring in Morocco. Three of them are endemics to this country, others have wider distribution. This number is not too high as for African country, but rather high if we compare in with other countries of Palaearctic region (Europe + Africa north of Sahara + Asia North of the Himalayas).
Please just note, that in all Palaearctic about 110 species of Cicindelidae were noted, so in Morocco there are ca. 17% of them!!!

This is the 12th part of Cicindelidae saga, if you like to watch earlier picture, please feel free to look here.

Picture was taken about 15 km S from El Rachidia, where this species co-occurred with another tiger beetle species - Lophyra flexuosa flexuosa.

All the best for All and thank you in advance for stopping! :>

siggi, batu, horias, uleko, marianas, hansh, Argus, ralfsworld, boreocypriensis, jlinaresp, roges, PaulH, Juyona has marked this note useful
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-09 13:04]

Hallo Radomir,
Gratuluje serdecznie,Twoj dorobek tutaj jest ogromny a wszystkie publikacje doskonalae tak jak ten Twoj ulubiny tutaj.Swietna ostrosc,doskonala widocznosc szczegolow.
Zycze w przszlosci swietnych zdobyczy.
Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2010-01-09 14:33]

Hello Radomir,
you show a fine picture of this tiger beetle on its natural substrate.
I hope you will enjoy the next 3 years at TN.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-10 0:46]

First time,congratulation for youR 3 years of TN.
What a great morocco capture!
Wonderful sharp details and colors.
Great job!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-10 2:26]

Hello Radomir,
Congratulations Cicindela on this lovely post of Cicindela so fitting for a celebration!!
It is a wonderful Beetle that is quite stunning in its metallic green colour. Your capture is very sharp and well composed too.
Many thanks and keep on posting! Regards, Ulla

Wonderful capture this beetle of Marocco!
Very sharp details and lovely colors and light!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-10 2:49]

Hello Radomir.

Congrats with your 3rd anniversary on TN.
And that with such a beautiful picture. Very sharp and it is nice looking seeing it in his natural surrounding.
Thank you for your contribution in the past three years and i am looking forward to your future posts.

Gr. Hans

Czesc Radziu
Fotka fajna. Jedyne co mi troche przeszkadza to te kamienie na pierwszym planie. Ale robak oczywiscie fajny i notka tez dobra

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-10 7:07]

Good image showing beautiful tiger beetle. tfs.

hello Radomir
Congratulations with the 3 years with very good picture,s on TN
great picture you send this time,with super sharpness and good details
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-11 4:19]

Congratulations Radomir!
On completing three years on TN!
It has been great that you are a part of this site with fantastic contributions and i hope you will continue for a long time to come!
This is a fine photo to celebrate and very suitable for you with a nice portrait of Cicindela maroccana, taken to your usual high technical standard in situe on the Moroccan soil.
It looks like a long-legged campestris!
Thanks and have a good week,

Hi Radomir
Yet another excellent tiger beetle shot! Very good detail as always and nicely presented, Congratulations on your three years.
Kind Regards

Hi Radomir
This greenish guy doasn't looks so dangerous but if you as an expert are saying that this is a hunter than this is the one :) As always interesting notes.

Happy New Year

p.s. Three years on TN... not so bad :)

Hi Radek,

I also congratulate you on your 3rd anniversary on TN!
Nice to see a cicidelid pic which you expert:) in such special post.
Thank you so much MF!
Have a nice day!


Hi Radomir,
I had left this photo marked for comment afterward. I think this is a very interesting creature, and the structure really comes across very well. The light appears to be a little sparse, but can appreciate good details. Good job and very well documented. Greetings and thanks for sharing.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-01-15 7:28]

Hi Radek and a very belated but sincere Happy New Year and only the best wishes for 2010!

This is a great photo from you and i know one you cherish since it represents the cute animals you've been studying for so long. I'm sure it's great to meet them in other countries as well.
It's also a commemorative post, you reaching 3 years here on TN...pfuu it's been a while, huh? :)
I can only congratulate you for this shot as well as for your others, thank you for all your input here on this site and for being my great friend and hope that we will have a similarly great friendship in the next years to come, too. Who knows...maybe we'll actually meet once...finally :)

Cheers and best wishes

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-19 14:15]

Witaj Radomir,
Owad bardzo intresse poprzez jego kolor, w szczególności.
Piękne kolory i szczegóły, gratulacje.
Piękny wieczór

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-22 5:36]

Three years of fascinating and very varied photography my friend! You never know what kind of photo Radomir is going to post next ;o)
This green jewel is no exception, it stands out well from the sandy ground and had been caught with good detaisl from a great angle that shows it to its best - well done!

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2010-02-09 11:54]

Hi Radomir
very nice colors
very interesting insect
well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-03-24 20:47]

Hello Radomir! Great macro of a fine subject! Very sharp details and good exposure, well done!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-05-14 10:05]

Hola amigo,
Superb African macro
dangerous beetle...
Great job, good focus and pov.
saludos Radomir

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