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Common red Soldier - Mating season

Common red Soldier - Mating season
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Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 2 N: 914] (3634)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC P150
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-11 2:41
Viewed: 3979
Points: 26
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Common red soldier beetle (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The common red soldier beetle, Rhagonycha fulva, is a species of soldier beetle (Cantharidae).

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cantharidae
Genus: Rhagonycha
Species: R. fulva

Binomial name: Rhagonycha fulva (Scop. 1763)

The common red soldier beetle will grow up to a centimetre. Nearly all their body is coloured red yellowish. Only the last bit of the elytra is black. The body is flat and elongated. The chitin armour is very soft, resulting in the German name of this species as Weichkäfer (meaning "soft beetle"). The black thread-like antennae are also relatively long. The equally long legs have an orange colour, which become notably darker only at the end.

This beetle is very common in Europe and Anatolia. Introduced to North America, it is well-established in British Columbia and Quebec and recently recorded in Ontario[1]. One will find it very often in bushes or on grass and fields.

These beetles are active during the daylight hours, when they will hunt mostly for small insects on top of flowers.

Fairly often one will find many of them on Apiaceae or Asteraceae like thistles.

After copulation the females will lay her eggs. The larvae are soil-dwellers which hunt for snails and insects. After a year and several moults the larvae will pupate and then emerge as fully grown beetles.

Common Names

Because of their red colour, these beetles are popularly known as blood suckers (but they do not actually suck blood.) Their habit of mating conspicuously on umbellifer heads has gained them the nickname hogweed bonking beetle.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-11 3:20]

Slav Paras,
Very interesting photo and and excellent composition.Nice colors and perfect sharpness.TFS and regards,

Ciao Paras. Wow! Indede interesting and "dymanic" action here. Nice compo with good colours saturation and light's management.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-11 4:20]

Hi Paras, excellent composition, great natural colors and details!Have a nice weekend!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-11 8:46]

Waw....a group?
Wonderful sharp capture, lovely details and a little snail ho just look!!!

hello Paras
great composition with good details and beautiful colours
very nicelight
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-11 11:38]

Hi Paras . A good close up showing the two pairs together. Taken with good detail and natural colours. I see you also have a very small snail shell in the shot. Well taken TFs.

Have a good weekend.

Ciao Paras, great "Paparazzi", lovely composition with splendid maiting bugs, good natural colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Paras,
you visited a busy place and I hope you did not disturb these couples ;-)
Pretty moment, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-11 13:53]

Hello Paras,
lovely shot of the mating insects, nice pov, well saturated colours of the blade of grass look beautiful,
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-11 14:36]

Hi Paras,this pic was perfect for my "time of love" collection...eheh..and 2 couples in a same pic is a wonderful spectacle..top quality of sharpness and colors too.Very professional work.My best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

Hello Paras,
a very good picture of this meeting of insects, very good sharpness and splendid colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-12 4:27]

Hello Paras,
I like this kind of very natural pictures, taken in the middle of grass and which shows so well how much life is around, when you look closely.
Two pairs of Soldier beetles, plus a little snail and some other insect..that's quite interesting! And you have well composed the shot with the grass-blade used as diagonal.
Thanks also for the note.
Ein schönes Wochenende

Hallo Paras
Really interesting image, with a lovely composition. The fine details like the eyes and paws are captured with great clarity and skill. The movement of the antennas is beautiful to look at, especially of the beetle in the front. The contrast between the reddish-orange of the beetles and the green of the reeds and the background is a perfect match and display well. Great action and motion shot in one. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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