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Six-spotted Longhorn Beetle

Six-spotted Longhorn Beetle
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae) of Belgium [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-06 10:58
Viewed: 3662
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
I’m sure that most of you know similar experience. I was walking on a path near a forest, looking for Cerambycidae on flowers. Absorbed by the placement of my monopod, the focus, the management of poor light, I hear: “What are you photographing?”
I reply to a walker: “Well, longhorn beetles…
– What is it?
– Beetles with very long horns, like this one… Oh, it is gone!”
That is why I have only this photo!
I think it is the first appearance of this species on TN!

Anoplodera sexguttata (Fabricius, 1775)
Family : Cerambycidae

Common name : Six-spotted Longhorn Beetle
It is a small and rather robust species of 7-12 mm length.
Characteristics: dense, white ventral pubescence; dorsal pubescence grey or brown. Small head, long antennae, overlapping elytral apex. Pronotum longer than wide, with dense punctuation. Body black. Elytra with yellow pattern consisting of six spots that may be more or less reduced or longitudinally connected; rarely whole elytra black.
Range: Western and Central Europe, North Africa.
Host plants: Quercus, Carpinus and Fagus species. The larvae thrive in dry and hard wood.
Adults visible from May to July. They visit flowers (Thalictrum, Filipendula ulmaria, Aegopodium podagraria, Valeriana…) in shady places in old Quercus and Fagus forests.

Bily S., Mehl O., Longhorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) of Fennoscandia and Denmark, Fauna entomologica Scandinavia, volume 22, Leiden, 1989.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-06 11:09]

Salut Catherine,une capture de niveau excellente,pas facile une nettete' comme ca long tout l'insect! Peut etre que les couleurs sont un peu faibles selon moi..tres belle gestion de la lumiere aussi.Bonne soiree' et merci! Luciano

Hello Catherine,
Hope you'll be fine. A wonderful note for this wonderful and beautiful insect.This photo is very good and you have captured this insect with great clarity and a good angle.Hopefully this is natural light which is coming from the front and probably either at sunrise or towards sunset. Thanks for sharing a wondrous photo and thanks for your support dear...take care...warmest regards/Abid

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-01-06 11:48]

A successful point of view matched with a great depth of field. Fine details and nice diagonal composition.
Greetings and TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-06 11:49]

Hi Catherine. This is a very clear top view of this Six-spotted Longhorn Beetle taken with first class detail in the shell. Your use of the light has given such natural bright colours. well taken TFS.

hallo catherine
super picture with good details
nice pose with beautiful colours and good light
greeting lou

Hi My dear friend Catherine,

At least you are lucky that you could take this excellent shot mF! I also lived some similar cases before. This is utterly fine macro capture of this longhorn beetle on a bold green leaf from top POV with impaccable clarity, details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


Ciao Catherine. Great close up here. Perfect details and very good DOF. Nice compo.


Hello Catherine,
Wonderful details and superb clarity. Excellent green backgound.

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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 6:50]

Hello Catherine,
Typical, but you did manage to get a really fine shot!! It is a beautiful beetle and I like your POV showing it from above. Excellent sharpness too and natural colours in this beautiful composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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