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Dor beetle

Dor beetle
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-09 16:29
Viewed: 5821
Points: 62
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hello all
i have not new butterfly from this year, i have not to many time to go out with my camera, and also the weather is not good, rainy and windy days and cold temperatures, insectes and butterflies are very rare, and not one damselfly or dragonfly in sight, but i have found this black bug in the forest not far from a lake when i was out with my parents

Geotrupes stercorarius

eng : Dor Beetle
fra : Geotrupe du fumier

The name is also :
June bug, dorr, dorbeetle, dorrbeetle, dorbug, dorrfly, and buzzard clock.

Geotrupes stercorarius is a species of earth-boring dung beetle.

The beetle is up to 2.5 cm (1 in) long. The whole beetle is weakly lustrous and darkly colored, sometimes with a bluish sheen. The body shape is very compact and arched toward the top. On each elytron seven long rows of points are just visible. The head is clearly forward, and similar to a shovel in shape. The antennae are short and thicken into fans at the ends. On each leg there are numerous spikes.

The beetle is widely distributed in Europe. However, the population of the species is clearly falling.

The beetle is coprophagous, feeding on the droppings of herbivorous animals, and thus is found wherever cattle are kept. In the evenings, one can observe them closely circle around the animals on the ground. They create a chirping sound with their hind legs. In the spring, a male and female dig a passage in the earth under a heap of dung, which can be up to 50 cm (20 in) in length. From this the female digs side passages. Into each of these a piece of dung is brought, and an egg is laid. Afterwards, the chamber is closed off with more dung. The larvae which hatch from the eggs feed on the dung for a year, and then pupate. The adult beetles emerge from the pupae.

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bonjour Jacqueline

une superbe macro photo de cette insecte, excellent POV,
excellent focus netteté et détails du sujet, excellent détails
également du background floue, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-05-09 19:42]
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Hello Jacqueline,
A great shot of this little June Bug who has shown up on this cold and windy day just for you. The detail is great and the DOF give us a close look at the entire insect with sharp focus. The exposure is just right and the colors are very natural.
Sometimes we have to just shoot what is available, so this is just fine for this time of the season. I always have a hard time figuring out what to post when winter is just leaving and spring isn't quite here yet. The insects haven't emerged yet and everything is dull gray and brown in the woods.

Remarkably sharp picture of this black coloured Beetle, Jacqueline.
The POV gives a perfect impression about each limb of this insect.
The colour tones are very natural.
Well done and TFS.

Ciao Jacqueline,
une très belle photo en macro de cet insecte, parfaite netteté et splendides couleurs avec métalliques réverbérations, jolie composition.
Merci et félicitations.
Bonne journée

Hello Jaqueline,

a nice pov on this beetle with good details and fine colours.


Bonjour Jacqueline ce n'est pas l'abondance en ce moment mais parait-il le printemps serait arrivé!
Belle macro tout de meme!
bon courage et bonnes futures prises

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-10 1:37]

Hello Jacqueline,
Very good capture of this interesting Beetle. Excellent focus and very sharp details. A very fine neutral background. Best regards Siggi

Hellow Jacqueline,
I hope your weather warms up soon.A simple photo but nicely composed with a diagonal focal point.Good exposure has created a natural lighting effect with the shiny patch on the beetles back.

Ciao Jaqueline. Good work with thi black bug in very good details and sharp. Right contrast with the BG.


Ciao Jacqueline, great macro of lovely beetle with fantastic metallic colors, superb sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Jacqueline
great sharpness with good details and beatiful bleu colours
great shot
greeting lou

Bonsoir mon amie Jacqueline,

Awesome capture of this pretty dor beetle from top POV with great clarity, nice DOF and excellent lighting!
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-11 3:21]

Hi Jacqueline,
thanks for liking my rafflesia shot.
This beetle is very well captured with the clarity especially on the hairs and thorns on the legs.
The soft blurry ground gives a good contrast to this dark and shiny beetle.
Nice diagonal positioning too.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-11 6:42]

Salut Jacqueline,je suis toujour la au notre rendez-vous de minuit,mais toujours en retard pour commenter tes nouvelles photos..ehhee..c'est une macro de grande classe cette fois,parfaite qualite' et j'aime les reflections de la lumiere sur le corp de ce petit amis...mes plus gros compliments et bonne soiree',LUCIANO

Buen enfoque e interesante poco. Creo que algo justa de lus. Un abrazo Jacqueline: J. Ignasi.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-12 4:43]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Un petit coléoptère que je n'ai pas vu ni senti passer..malgré son nom.
Pas facile de bien les photographier avec leur carapace noir et brillante!
Tu nous présentes ici une belle photo naturelle accompagnée d'un texte de qualité. Un grand merci!
Bon après-midi

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-05-12 23:48]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Chez nous aussi, il y a beaucoup de crache sang. Quand j'étais petite, je m'amusais à les prendre... pour les embêter un petit peu, je les remettais sur la route... et ils envoyaient un liquide couleur de "sang orange"...
Très chouette ta photo, bien nette.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-13 18:29]

Hello Jacqueline,
You have done superbly here getting such great details in this black beetle, not an easy task.
Merci Jacqueline.

Bonjour Jacqueline,

Ah! C'est à cela que ca ressemble un Géotrupe! Je dis cela car je viens récemment de lire sur les Géotrupes et les Bousiers dans les magnifiques Souvenirs Entomologiques de Jean-Henri Fabre.

Ici l'exposition est bien réussie et le focus bien défini. Les seules choses peut-être est qu'il me semble percevoir une dominante bleue dans l'image et j'aurais peut-être privilégié une composition verticale en décentrant l'insecte en lui laissant de l'espace devant lui.

Merci de partager avec nous cet insecte dont les moeurs sont des plus captivants...

A+ et bonne journée :-)


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-05-14 9:51]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Bright hard-shelled insects ...
Beautiful composition and excellent details.
Best wishes,

Liked your notes too.
About 3 weeks ago I too registered a couple "mating". Not as superb as this one. But I shall post it sometime in May, i hope.
Am old and tired... cannot be on the computer more than 20 minutes per day. That's why I take so long to answer to all my friends.
Best regards to you & your daughter,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-17 12:40]

Hello Jacquelie,
Back from my holiday in Senegal and The Gambia, I find this beautiful photo. Good sharpness, details and composition. Also a good POV and beautiful natural colours.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-05-20 11:34]
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Hi Jacqueline,

Very well done macro! The details and colour of the beetle are first rate. I can even see the little hairs around its head and the fine details of its antennae and legs. You mentioned that one of its names is June Bug. I remember those bugs very well. I lived for two years in Lorraine, when I was very young. In the spring, the June Bugs would come out when it started to get dark, and they were everywhere -- especially, where there were light sources. That was an interesting experience. TFS.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-21 11:15]

Hello Jacqueline,
This is a very fine macro of this shiny Beetle showing details and colours very nicely indeed.
Good light and a fine composition too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-21 22:43]

Hello Jacqueline,
Black, or almost black beetles are difficult to photograph well. But you have captured this Dor Beetle from a great dorsal POV to show its features with excellent sharpness and a fine blue tinge of colour. The composition on the sandy soil is perfect.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Jacqueline. I finished and returned from my military employment:) hope you are well. This is fine makro of a beetle.
Great details and nice viewpoint.
TFS and kind regards,

Bonjour Jacqueline
Belle macro, grand netteté et le contraste.
couleurs parfaite et un excellent POV
Félicitations et Merci pour le partage
Bonjour Vanni

salut Jacqueline
this is very nice macro shot of Dor Beetle with great sharpness of focus and splendid colors and exposure. nicely composed and noted. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-05-26 3:43]

Hi Jacqueline!
Excellent sharp capture.
Fine details of the bug and great contrast against the B/G. Very good POV. Lovely light and reflections.
ciao! vanda

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-30 1:39]

Bonjour jackueline,
Very good close up and great sharpness with supberb colors and details.Great composition with perfect focus.TFS.
Have a nice Sunday!

Hello Jacqueline.
This is a nice black beetle roaming freely on the ground. You have managed very good details on the black body and contrasting well with the environment.
Nice capture and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards - Jusni

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