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Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/37 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-24 4:00
Viewed: 5532
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a beetle of Family Buprestidae. Don't know the exact ID. very small around 0.5 cm.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Elateriformia
Superfamily: Buprestoidea
Family: Buprestidae
Buprestidae is a family of beetles, known as jewel beetles or metallic wood-boring beetles because of their glossy iridescent colors. The family is among the largest of the beetles, with some 15,000 species known in 450 genera. The larger and more spectacularly colored jewel beetles are highly prized by insect collectors.

Shape is generally cylindrical or elongate to ovoid, with lengths ranging from 3 mm to an impressive 100 mm, although most species are under 20 mm. A variety of bright colors are known, often in complicated patterns. The iridescence common to these beetles is not due to pigments in the exoskeleton, but instead physical iridescence in which microscopic texture in their cuticle selectively reflects specific frequencies of light in particular directions. This is the same effect that makes a compact disc reflect multiple colors.

The larvae bore through roots, logs, stems, and leaves of various types of plants, ranging from trees to grasses. The wood boring types generally favor dying or dead branches on otherwise-healthy trees, while a few types attack green wood; some of these are serious pests capable of killing trees and causing major economic damage.

Classification is not yet well-established, although there appear to be five main lineages, which may be considered subfamilies, possibly with one or two being raised to families in their own right, while other systems define up to 14 subfamilies. Some representative subfamilies and genera are:

* Agrilinae — cosmopolitan, with most taxa occurring in the northern hemisphere
* Buprestinae — cosmopolitan
* Calodema — found only in Australia and New Guinea, usually in rain forests
* Castiarina — about 500 species found only in Australia and New Guinea, previously considered a sub-genus of Stigmodera
* Chrysochroa — found across Southeast Asia with two species native to Japan and one to Africa
* Julodinae
* Metaxymorpha — found only in Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia. Usually found in rain forests.
* Polycestinae
* Stigmodera — 7 described species.
* Temognatha — found only in Australia and New Guinea (about 83-85 species), previously considered a sub-genus of Stigmodera

Source: Wikipedia

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-24 4:11]
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Haraprasan, Lovely macro work and beautiful shot. The colors and photo is sharp and beauty. Ganesh

Hi Haraprasan,
Wow, is this a rainbow beatle? If not it may as well be. Wonderful capture of colours and detail.

Namaste Haraprasan,
this beetle is wonderful, I have never seen so many colours on a single insect - lovely.
Thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-24 6:23]
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Hello Haraprasan,
Though this beetle has the iridescent colours that remind one of a Bupestrid, it is not a Jewel beetle. It has more of the body shape and legs of a Chrysomelid, that is, a species of Leaf Beetle. This has not solved the exact ID problem but has put you on to the right track.
The shot itself is an excellent macro with good lighting and colouring. If the original allowed it, it would have been better to compose it with more space in the direction that the beetle is facing and less space to the left of it.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

hi haraprasan,
nice capture of the beetle, the metalic colours look beautiful, nice pov, liked the composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi araprasan,
Wow lovely jewelry, you are capture
the most colorful beetle I ever see,
great composition well done, TFS.
Best regards/Lawhill

I've never seen one of these, even in a photo though I've heard of them. Absolutely beautiful! There's something mystical about the photo. I immediately thought of Jung and his scarab. My brain doesnt' follow straight lines. ha ha

Anyway, back to your photo - amazing color, great focus, beautiful shot!!

Hello Haraprasan,
Good capture of the jewel bug. Good details and colours.
TFS, Smitha.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-24 11:33]
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Hi Haraprasan,

I have never seen such a colorful beetle! A fine macro showing us all the details. The colors are wonderful.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-24 11:49]
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Hi Haraprasan. what a colourful beatle which you have captured well.amazing detail and sharp fucus. with a nice POV and DOF. excellent notes to read. thanks. well done TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-24 12:05]
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Hola Haraprasan,
precioso trabajo,
bellos detalles,
colores y tonos excelentes...
saludos amigo

What a colourful beetle, HP!
Considering its small size, you have managed a very good macro here.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-24 15:01]
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Hello Haraprasan
What a beautiful beatle with so many colors you present us here!
Excellent sharpness and composition and very good note, my friend.
Thank you very much.

Hi Haraprasan, wonderful beetle with splendid iride colors, great sharpness and lovely details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola Haraprasan.
Un insecto preciosamente capturado con tu cámara.
Colorido escepcional, fantástico.
Un saludo y tfs, JL.

hi haraprasan,
wow,beautiful colour,sharp image,nice capture,well done

Great photography.
You are very talented.
Well composed.
Very well presented.
Great and EXCELLENT clarity, inspite of its size.

The most beautiful beetle I have ever seen. I never saw one before, so thanks for showing it to all the world!

Hallo Haraprasan
Although this is one of your older postings, I think this is an excellent capture, with sharp focus and detail. The bee's metallic colours stands out well and the features of the insect is first-class. It is like seeing the colours of the rainbow on a flower. Thanks for sharing.

Good Morning Hara ji,

This is a flawless capture of this beauty MF!
Great DOF/POV and fine composition too.
TFS and have a nice day/week!


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