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"Snout Beetle"

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Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 834 W: 85 N: 1657] (10271)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D3X, 60 mm Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-29 5:22
Viewed: 3235
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was found this interesting creature only twice at Santiniketan and photographed. Probably it is very rare and may be you can find it in dense jungle. I am very fortunate that I just found it nearby my house.
I am also surprised that only one Indian Nature Photographer Mr. Haraprasan Nayak uploaded the image of this species one time only, from Orissa. Therefore, we can understand that this is not an easy available species.
Thank you for viewing.

Curculionidae(Lixus pulverulentus) is the family of the "true" weevils (or "snout beetles"). It was formerly recognized in 1998 as the largest of any animal family, with over 40,000 species described worldwide at that time. Today, it is still one of the largest known. It can be easy recognized thanks to its characteristic body shape.
They are recognized by their distinctive long snout and geniculate antennae with small clubs; beyond that, curculionids have considerable diversity of form and size, with adult lengths ranging from 1 to 40 millimeters (0.04 to 1.57 in).
Both adults and larvae are vegetarians. Weevils are almost entirely plant feeders, and most species are associated with a narrow range of hosts, in many cases only living on a single species. With so many species to classify and over 400 genera, the taxonomy of this family is quite complicated, and authors disagree on the number and placement of various subfamilies, tribes and subtribes.
The word "weevil" has been made famous by the boll weevil, which lays its eggs and feeds inside cotton bolls, ruining the crop.
Class/Order: Coleoptera Superfamily: Curculionoidea Family: Curculionidae Subfamily: Lixinae Species: Lixus pulverulentus (Scopoli, 1763)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2012-01-29 5:39]

Rare species, a very nice photo .. Congratulations.

Hi Samiran, my neighbour today.
What a nice photo of this interesting species. Great point of view. Very good light.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-29 5:53]

Hello Samiran,
Excellent photo of this Snout Beetle in fantastic sharpness and details. Beautiful light and colours. Good POV, DOF, OOF BG and composition.

hello Samiran
very nice picture with good details and nice colours
thanks greeting lou

Excellent Weevil image, Mr Nandy.
Very sharp focus on the subject that stands out well against a clean BG. I like the diagonal composition.
Thanks and regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-29 7:19]

Hello Samiran.
Very funny insect, with nice details and colours. You photo is really very good. Very interesting to see it. Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-29 7:53]

Hello Samiran,
A very fine macro of this species of Weevil taken from a fine lateral POV with excellent sharpness and DOF. The composition is great too. Perhaps the use of flash has caused a little OE on the body but it is a small point in what is otherwise a fine image.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Samiran
Wonderful beetle! Nicely captured and presented.
Thanks for the note.

Ciao Samiran.
Ottima macro con una nitidezza eccellente,bene la composizione stupendi i colori con una
gestione della luce esemplare complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-01-29 8:44]

hello samiran

u have done a very rare work.i know about this insect.one day i try to touch it.it is very soft and powderrd.we call it TANDARUTHAN in tamill.tfs
have a nice day

Impressive MF Samiran! The best ligh's managment. Top details.


Hello Samiran,
A Beautiful diagonal pose caught with perfect sharpness and detail against a perfect POV and DOF. Well done my friend.
Best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-29 11:30]

Hi Samiran,a great gift to me! I like a lot the lixus,so curious and funnies whit this big nose,a magnificent macro whit the top of sharpness,light balance and colors.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Samiran
Interesting species and great macro with good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness!

Excellent macro from a good point of view.
Very good detail and good background.
Good exposure against the dark background.
regards yiannis

Ciao Joszef, great macro of lovely bug on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-30 5:45]

Very interesting species, good composition, exposure could have been better. tfs.

Hello Samiran,
Nice capture of this beetle with the snout in the air. Beautiful light and details in the frame.
Kind regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-08 3:34]

Hello Samiran,
excellent view of this beetle. Nice side shot.
Very lively detailed in outstanding green background.
superb view.


Hello Samiran

Great macro of this insect, with fine POV,
the diagonally framing adds dynamism to the image,
beautiful light, great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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