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An Unknown Bug

An Unknown Bug
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-19 7:32
Viewed: 2714
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot this insect in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, during my trip in May to that place. It was a tiny one almost the size of a Ladybird.
Ivan has once again come forward with the ID of this Beetle. I am convinced that it certainly belongs to the group of insects known as Leaf Beetles.
Thanks, Ivan!

Beetles in the family Chrysomelidae are commonly known as leaf beetles. This is a family of over 35,000 species in more than 2,500 genera, one of the largest and most commonly-encountered of all beetle families.

Leaf beetles are partially recognizable by their tarsal formula, which appears to be 4-4-4, but is actually 5-5-5. They are distinguished with difficulty from long-horned beetles (family Cerambycidae) by the antennae not arising from frontal tubercles. Adult and larval leaf beetles feed on all sorts of plant tissue. Many are economically important pests of agriculture, for example the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), the asparagus beetle (Crioceris asparagi), the cereal leaf beetle (Oulema melanopus), and various flea beetles.



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hello Neighbour Ram
you have a beauty of a beetle with good sharpness and great details
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

Hola Ram,
a ver si enfocas algo más ;-) ya que la especie es preciosa y además muy poco vista por aquí.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Ram
What a interesting ladybird!
I never see one like that!
Colors and details are fantastic!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-19 9:43]
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I can make an ID indication Ram: the general shape and features suggest to me that this is a species of Leaf-eating Beetle (Chrysomelidae).
Your high quality presentation of it with fine sharpness and colours shown from an optimum POV should enable a coleopterist to ID it. (Unfortunately for this occasion I am more of a general entomologist specialising in European butterflies.)
But I hope this helps,
With kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-19 11:28]

Hello Ram,
nice macro shot,well saturated colours, sharp image with good details, the pov from the top gives fair idea about the insect.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-19 11:57]

Hello Ram,
What a beauty, beetle and photo as a whole. The contrasting colours are very beautiful. Excellent sharp details, great composition and DOF. Fantastic matching OOF BG.

Hi Ram,

Beautiful beetle! - It is amazing that with colours like that they do not become prey very easily –or is the recolour a matter of aposematic or warning colour that they are poisonous or do not taste nice?


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-20 1:09]

Hello Ram!

Chrysomelidae are always very nice looking beetles and this one is no exception. Well composed picture with diagonal plant and colorfull main subject.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-20 4:32]

Hi Ram,i try to found the name of this beautiful bug but whitout the exact result,just my greats compliments for this impressive sharpness and beautiful contrast between the colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Ram
per l'identificazione di questo piccolo insetto mi rimetto al parere di chi è sicuramente più informato di me. La composizione è delicata e piacevole a vedersi con dei bellissimi riflessi che mettono in gran risalto i colori accesi. Ottima profondità di campo e gestione della luce.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-07-21 7:31]

Hello Ram,
There are some beautiful Leaf Beetles and this one is fantastic! I love your composition showing it climbing up the stalk. Great focus and lovely details and colours. A nice soft background too.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Dear Ram,
Thank you for showing us this Leaf Beetle Bug.

Your notes are very interesting and educational.

Unfortunately all my books are parcelled for moving house, and I can not read about these interesting beetles. Do all the Leaf Beetles have such protruding eyes?

Your photo is perfect in every sens - photographic and esthetically - and it is truly a pleasure to view.

The excellent focus shows the tiny indentations on the wings, and I wonder if you happen to know their purpose?!?

I also enjoyed reading your comments to the photo of the escarpment. I am grateful you take the time.

I wish you a nice evening
Warm Greetings

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