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"Hand Cleaning"

Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-13 9:08
Viewed: 3320
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows the leaf beetle
- Melasoma populi (= Chrysomela populi)
- family: Chrysomelidae

German: Pappelblattkäfer
English: Poplar Leaf Beetle
Italian: Crisomela del Pioppo
French: Lina du peuplier ou Chrysomèle du peuplier
Norwegian: Ospebladbille

The beetle is resting on a twig of a Salix caprea bush and is cleaning its fore-legs.

Species information
The species is widespread in the palaearctic region and is found on Salix - as shown on the picture - and on Populus - as indicated by the name.
Body length: about 11 mm

An abandoned industrial site (Henrichshütte) which partially recovers by primary vegetation.

- bright sunlight
- ISO 400
- handheld (supporting the twig with my fingers)

* Möller G, Grube R, Wachmann E (2006) Der Fauna-Käferführer I - Käfer im und am Wald. - Fauna-Verlag, Nottuln.
* Harde K.W. & Severa F. (1981) Der Kosmos-Käferführer. Franckhsche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart.
* Zahradnik J. (1985) Käfer Mittel- und Nordwesteuropas. Paul Parey, Hamburg, Berlin.

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super sharp one Peter,
a realy fantastic macro, good timing, fine pov and a nice composition to look at, very good photojob, have a nice evening.
gr. jaap

Hi Peter,
Awesome shot, sharp and very good BG.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-13 9:28]

Hi Peter,

A great capture of this colorfull beetle (you must have been very close with a 35mm macrolense),a nice pose like he is applausing for himselves,well composed and tfs


bonjour peter
extra sur tous les points!
POV et couleurs superbes,le BG est exempt de bruit et bien flou pour mettre l'insecte en valeur.
mais qui a volé les points sur les elytres?

what a shot! the glossy pary of the insects back and its color is very good. The DOF and shrpness is amazing too

Hi Peter!
Great sharp and clear macro shot! great captured.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-13 10:01]

Hi Peter. This is the standard of picture that one day i would like to achieve . You have used the light to its best which has give fine focusing and detail. Rich colours that have a shine. A nice POV/DOF. very well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

Really funny posture for this Chrysomela, great details and sharpness!TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-13 11:35]

Hello Peter,
Very fine macro of this familiar beetle from a fine POV. Impressive details and lovely bright colours. It looks very well polished! A fine light background and well composed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Peter,
At first look, I was thinking it was the lily beetle (Lilioceris lilii) I meet yesterday (not in my garden fortunately!). But there is some differences between this two species of the same family.
Your photo is a real great macro shot, with a brillant light and amazing attitude of the beetle captured. A first class shot of this beautiful beetle. Congratulations,

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-13 11:51]

Hola Peter, excelente aproximación, la fotografia la veo nitida con buen color y luz. El fondo limpio y perfectamente desenfocado. Un saludo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-13 12:07]

Hi Peter,another wonderfull work taken in a decisive momente,impressive quality of sharpenss and colours,my best compliments for the note too,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-05-13 12:48]

Hello Peter,

Excellent sharp picture of this beetle. Lovely composition. Very good management of the strong light on this shiny insect. Wonderful colours.

Hello Peter!
It is not easy to take a good quality picture of Chrysomelidae - they are usually shiny and convex. And this one looks really great! You kept this specimen with great timing! And moreover the title (very funny! :>) adds a lot to this beautiful photo :)
All the best from Lodz,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-13 13:22]

Hola Peter,
preciosos colores y bg,
hermoso distaro y foco,
saludos amigo

Belle présentation et explications intéressantes.
Bonne journée.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-14 1:25]

Hello Peter, Sharp picture and nice view. The composition is very nice and supported by excellent note. Ganesh

Hi Peter

You certainly get some beautiful beetles in Europe. This one is fantastic, great capture. The exposure in bright harsh light is perfect. Lots of lovely detail. Great ssharpness and DOF.


Hello Peter
Excellent shot of this tiny Leaf Beetle,
Great focusing,composition and BG.Welldone my friend.


Hi Peter, fantastic macro of this beetle in great pose, superb colors, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Peter,
eindrucksvolle, sehr lebendige Nahaufnahme, die bei aller Detailschärfe auch die Bewegung der Vorderbeinchen perfekt wiedergibt. Schön komponiert, erfrischend bunt in den strahlenden Farben des Frühlings.
Mit Dank und besten GRüßen,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-05-16 18:28]

Hello Peter,
thanks for identifying the butterfly for me. Im quite lacking in this fields. I really appreciate for your kind deeds.
Your macro work here is excellent. Exciting subject and your good skill too.


Many thanks again.

Hi Peter,

Your color management is excellant despite the heavily waxed body & relatively high sun.



Hi Peter, again,

this glossy fellow looks like a dandy. Excellent photography, great pose.
My best regards

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