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Rhagonycha fulva

Rhagonycha fulva
Photo Information
Copyright: Frank De Cock (Dingo) (24)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus Camedia-C450Z
Exposure: f/14.7, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-03 17:35
Viewed: 3709
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva), sometimes called 'bloodsucker' because of its colour. It is quite harmless to humans, though ;o).

The body is mostly orange-red except for the tip of the elytra which are dark. It is very active in sunny weather and frequently visits flowers, especially umbellifers such as Hogweed, where it hunts for insect prey; seen from May till ­August, mating pairs are a common sight. The mating goes on for hours, as the male "rides along" with the female, that keeps on moving looking for food.

I read that they are a good alarm for thunderstorms: when they feel one is approaching they crawl to the underside of the leaves, a couple of hours even before the storm breaks out.

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Ik vind hem mooi Frank.
I hou van macro. Zelf had ik ook nog ergens een beetle die op dons loopt. Deze vind ik zeer mooi, prachtige details, goede kleuren, goede dof, mooie foto, goed werk

Welcome on TN Frank. Very nice capture of this beetle and you handled the light real good not to burn the white in the flower. Very good dof and very sharp.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-05 14:42]

Welcome here to TN Frank and I like this post. The exposure is well balanced and the sharpness very good.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-07 13:10]

Nice one here Frank. Maybe getting in right on the beetle would show alot more details in macro mode.
IMO, this site, people like to see details. I'm finding that out pretty quick.
Well done on the compo.


i have seen these before!good shot, of the beetle and the flowers.nice detailed and good compo.well done!

bonjour FRANCK
voilà une jolie photo, les fleurs sont jolies avec de tres bons détails et l'insecte, bien que petit ressort bien sur ce blanc
bien fait, bravo
continue dans ta lancée

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