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A bug's love

A bug's love
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-P71
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-18 14:18
Viewed: 4039
Points: 40
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Cerambyx scopolii

I found these two bugs in my garden, this morning. They didn't move as I came close with my camera, and nothing could distract them, not even my cat that was with me when I took this photo :-)).

I was really impressed by their big size, it's one of the biggest insects I ever saw in my garden. I would have like a better close-up, but unfortunately my camera didn't allow me to get any closer.

Size : 17-30 mm.

Occurs in Europe, North Africa and Asia Minor. Common species found in many deciduous and rarely in coniferous trees in a wide range of habitats. Larvae develop in dead branches and trunks. Feed first beneath the bark, before excavating a gallery 8-10 centimetres long into the heartwood, at the end of which they construct a pupation chamber. The adults eclose either during the autumn or the following spring. Adults can be seen from early May until mid- August. Unlike other Cerambyx species, this is a diurnal species. On sunny days can be found on a range of flowers, on the hostplant or woodpiles.

jmp, dew77, peter_stoeckl, jcoowanitwong, TAZ, izler, red45, eruyanik, jeanpaul, boreocypriensis, maurydv has marked this note useful
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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-18 14:35]

Hi Valerie,
Rare insect that I never saw. Very well light control and contrast for black bugs and clear yellow grass. Though your camera wasn't close the shot is sharp and detailed. Interesting concentration, that may be dangerous.
Regards, José M.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-05-18 14:52]

excellent shot, valerie! :-)
beautiful composition of the big black bugs
and the nice green plant.
the bugs are so detailed they give me the creeps a little. *g*
superb job & take care, thor.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-18 16:33]

Hello Valerie!
Crisp clear and razorsharp image.I liked lighting,colors,POV,framing and composition a lot.

Hi Valerie,
perfect shot of two longhorn beetles looking mighty and powerful amidst the soft and gentle green plants.
Well done research on species, and perfectly describing brief notes.
Thank you! Best regards,

Hi Valerie,
Nice captured of these two bugs. Sharp and clear. Good composition and pov. Well done and TFS.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-19 1:44]

Ben alors Valérie, on nous montre des insectes coquins ;-) Sérieusement c'est un joli ciché. J'aime bien le contraste du noir sur le fond de verdure. Compliments et merci.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-20 11:36]

Very good composition of this little couple. Very good background in this very sharp picture. Well done Valerie. Thanks.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-05-21 6:44]

hi valerie
whats a interesting position. beautiful composition. good contrast. sharpness, colours, frame and note are great

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-21 13:24]

Bonjour Valerie!
Very nice scene. Interesting subject and moment, good POV and composition. But I must say that more than beetles I like flower ;-) - it look so delicate and beautifull.

Hello Valérie!
I thought that Valérie would be very busy these days! Since you're in my favourite list, so I should have emails when you posted to TN, but I didn't get any of them! I don't know why! But it seems that you have posted great shots already. Okey, as for the photo, this is great really, interesting black bugs, you got it perfectly! So clear and crisp shot, focusing perfect also. With flowers this composition reached the summit! Congrats...

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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2006-05-25 8:48]

Hi Valerie,
Excellent composition of these two longhorn beetle in love. Nice to see them in their context, head down in this beautiful vegetation. Splendid colours, and fine details on these dark beetle.
Thanks for showing, Patrick

bonjour valerie
et encore une position a ajouter au kamasutra,mais la il faut s'accrocher.
bien vu pour l'action,les couleurs et la netteté.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-05 18:13]

Hi valerie, nice shot with excellent lighting, colours and details, aslo positioned within the frame. TFS.

Hi Valerie, yesterday my friend send me this bug photo to ask what is that, and than i remember your photo, now i know that this bugs live in Turkey also, thanks alot, bye

salut Valerie
c'est une excellente prise en macro avec ces deux inectes dans leur intimité.La présentation est très jolie ainsi que les couleurs et les détails!!!!
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • hvdp Silver Star Critiquer [C: 24 W: 1 N: 3] (210)
  • [2006-06-20 8:13]

Bonjour Valérie,
Belle composition, et l'exposition des carapaces noires est bien maîtrisée. Cela donne un joli contraste avec l'arrière-plan vert tendre.

Hello Valerie,
Well framed and with great details!
Maybe not the most colourful insects full of details, but you do nicely with what there is...
Good definition in the frame gives sharp fine details and attractive colours!
Pablo -

Hi Valerie,
beautiful macro with very nice composition! Cerambyx scopolii very good as photomodels. I like highlights and colours.

Best regards, Leonid

Hi and Good Morning MF Valerie,
What an impressive macro capture on the love of the pair of these longhorn beetles. They find a wonderful coloured plant for their loving time:) Perfectly composed and focussed shot with excellent neat details MF!
TFS and have a nice day!


Ciao valerie,
très belle photo en macro avec une très bonne netteté, tu as choisiun bon moment pour cette prise de vue de ces insectes, très jolie composition avec de belles et naturelles couleurs.
Merci et félicitations

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