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Please help to identify

Please help to identify
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Copyright: Werner Trautwein (gerbil) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 2 N: 34] (196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ10
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-18 13:39
Viewed: 4384
Points: 10
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Please help me identifying this bug!
The size would be at least 30 mm in length.
Not being an expert in bugs and only equipped with an old insect guide my best guess would be an "Geotrupes stercorarius" german "Grosser Rosskäfer". First guess was a "Carabus coriaceus", but the long tentacles were missing and the body shape was more round.
I refrain from describing the bug from literature as long as identification is not sure.
I saw him in the woods of the north rim of the Eifel near the city of Langerwehe. It was in a forest mainly from beech-trees. As i closed up with my cam he didn´t flee, but posed in this defensive stance.

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To wishnugaruda: Danke für die Bestimmunggerbil 1 11-18 14:00
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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-18 14:50]

Hello Werner , A Great macro shot , what a beast , good compositie colours details pov and bg , very good job ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-18 15:04]

Hallo Werner,
die Käfer dieser Gattung sind wegen ihrer dunklen Färbung und glänzenden Oberfläche fotografisch nicht leicht darzustellen. In diesem Bild sind jedoch viele Details gut zu erkennen. Die Schärfe und auch das Licht sind gut.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Hallo Werner,
den hast Du aber besonders gut getroffen.
Es ist ein Waldmistkäfer, Anoplotrupes stercorosus. Man sieht so schön die blau-schimmernden Stellen, gefällt mir sehr.
Ich hatte auch schon mal einen hier, aber leider nicht so scharf wie Deiner.
Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Punkte morgen, alle schon verschossen.

hi werner,
nice shot,
well composed, nice pov, good dof,
natural colours, excellent sharpness, details captured very well, a bit of noise visible in the bg,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Werner,
I cannot identify Your specie, because I'm much stronger in fungi than in insects, but I'd like to say it's a beautiful macro, showing the insect and its details quite well, and a good choice of exposure. Bg is a bit grainy, but You can avoid this problem by using gaussian blur selectively - always depending on the given photo, but with radius from 1 to 3 pixels. As I see, ca. 1,2 pixels should do here.
Tfs, best regards from Hungary, László

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