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Scarab beetle

Scarab beetle
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Copyright: kapil koltharkar (kapildk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 32 N: 502] (3197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon coolpix L110
Exposure: f/4.5
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-22 10:19
Viewed: 3537
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends,
Missed u a lot. Was quite busy with work so didn't got time for watching your beautiful pictures. Posting this picture after a month. Hope u will enjoy this.

The family Scarabaeidae as currently defined consists of over 30,000 species of beetles worldwide. The species in this large family are often called scarabs or scarab beetles. The classification of this family is fairly unstable, with numerous competing theories, and new proposals appearing quite often. It is probable that many of the subfamilies listed here will no longer be recognized very much longer, as they will likely be reduced in status below subfamily rank, or elevated to family status (the latter is most likely, e.g., with the family "Melolonthidae" already appearing in some recent classifications). Other families have been removed recently, and are nearly universally accepted (e.g., Pleocomidae, Glaresidae, Glaphyridae, Ochodaeidae, Geotrupidae, Bolboceratidae)

Scarabs are stout-bodied beetles, many with bright metallic colors, measuring between 1.5 and 160 mm. They have distinctive, clubbed antennae composed of plates called lamellae that can be compressed into a ball or fanned out like leaves to sense odors. The front legs of many species are broad and adapted for digging.

The C-shaped larvae, called grubs, are pale yellow or white. Most adult beetles are nocturnal, although the flower chafers (Cetoniinae) and many leaf chafers (Rutelinae) are active during the day. The grubs mostly live underground or under debris, so are not exposed to sunlight. Many scarabs are scavengers that recycle dung, carrion, or decaying plant material. Others, such as the Japanese beetle are devastating agricultural pests.
Some of the well-known beetles from the Scarabaeidae are Japanese beetles, dung beetles, June beetles, rose chafers (Australian, European and North American), rhinoceros beetles, Hercules beetles and Goliath beetles.
Several members of this family have shells which act as left-handed circular polarisers; this was the first-discovered example of circular polarization in nature.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea
Family: Scarabaeidae

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-22 10:20]

Hi Kapil,very nice and strange beetle and a fantastic capture,i like a lot the light reflections in the metallic green,impressive sharpness and perfect pov for the best result.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-22 11:41]

Hello Kapil,
Nice to see you with a new photo. A photo with a beetle in very beautiful metallic colours, nicely contrasting against the white background. Good sharpness and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-22 11:42]

Hello Kapil.
Very well captured.The POV, DOF, sharpness and colour are excellent. I like the way you have positioned the beetle in the image.Best regards Siggi

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-22 14:59]

Splendid macro shot Kapil!
Excellent sharpness and great depth; beautiful natural colours and perfect control of light; very well done!

Hello Kapil,
Lovely captured of this beetle, beautiful colours against the background and great details,
Thanks for sharing and have a great week,
Best Regards,

Hi Kapil,
Sharp and clear image. The metallic body is well recorded. Also thanks for the informative note.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-23 4:58]

Good image of this colorful beetle chewing the flower. tfs.

A good presentation of this Scarab Beetle, Kapil.
Its metallic combination of colours is green and brown.
The white BG of a leaf goes well with the image.
I had shot fully green Scarab Beetles during the rains last year and posted quite a few pictures of them here.

hello Kapil
great sharpness composition with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Kapil,
Spectacular image taken with great clarity and very nice colors.
It is a lovely photo with a nice beetle.
The details and colors are great.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Kapil,
really interesting photo of this bug. Great point of view. Amazing colours.
Have a nice week,

Ciao Kapil. Intrigant metallic colours agasint the white flower. Very good details.


Hello Kapil
Interesting beetle and beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.

Hi Kapil,
Very cute and fluffy. Excellent clear sharp details, good composition and fantastic colours.

Hello Kapil.
Nice capture of this beetle in stunning sharp details. The colors around the head are fabulous and contrasting well against the brown wings. Good framing and pleasing colors.
Thanks and have a nice day.

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