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Pygopleurus sp.

Pygopleurus sp.
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-17 11:20
Viewed: 3949
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
After presenting the parasitic flowers growing under the Cistus, this is one of the pretty insects which can be found on this flowers. Here a colourful and joyful couple of glaphyrid beetles. I could not find the exact ID… because this family is not very easy and remains quite unknown in the entomologic publications (on internet).
By the way, I say goodbye to all of you, because I will be away for 2 weeks and I don’t know when I can get an internet connection! But I know one think, I will take a lot of photos!

Pygopleurus sp.
Family: Glaphyridae

Pygopleurus is a genus of the family Glaphyridae, which includes 6 genera and about 190 species in the Holoarctic region of which only one (Lichnanthe) in the Neoarctic region.
The genus Pygopleurus Mots. can be distinguish by the shape of scutellum, a elongate triangle with acute apex. It occurs in southern and eastern Europe (former Yugoslavia, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey), Caucasus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi.
49 distinct species have been described by J. Baraud.
A few external characters can be used for the systematic of the Pygopleurus. Only the unique shape of the male copulatory organs can distinguish each species.

BARAUD, J. (1989). Revision of the genus Pygopleurus Motschulsky (Coleoptera : Scarabaeoidea :Glaphyridae) Annales de la Société Entomologique de France (N. S.) 23: 331-375.
Sabatinelli G., The Scarabs of the Levant

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haha:) what a big coincedence that we uploaded our goodby shots at the same taime:) and also what a great place to make love:).
As usual an amazing macro from you my dear trip friend:))) Cathy!
See you tomorrow at 16:00! Have a nice flight MF!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-17 11:32]
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Hello Cathy,
Nice macro of these two unusual-looking beetles in copulo.
The POV shows the colour difference between the the two, the female seeiming to be more attractive! Technically this is first class and the composition pleasing.
I wish you and Bayram a successful trip and I hope you come back with lots of fine pics!
All the best,

heheh this one is a bit of a puzzle,

enjoy your trip


Ciao Catherine. Impressive sharp and magnificent metallic dresses. Two jewels!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-17 12:09]

Hi Catherine,
Very nice photo of these beetles in wonderful clear colours. Excellent sharp details and DOF. Have a great time in Turkey.

What a great love scene Catherine. Great details, colours and compostion. Interesting POV too. Have a nice time!

Hola Catherine

"Guau" vaya imagen más buena, que colores, que nitidez que..... todo.

Me gusta mucho lo bien definido que estan estos insecto, a los que se les aprecias los pelos perfectamente, una macro excelente y colores fuera de serie.


Gracias por tu comentario, ya Josep Ignasi, me había informado del nombre de Allium, y cuando tu me lo informastes, ya estaba cambiando los datos. Gracias nuevamente.

Un saludo Antonio

What an amazing pair of Beetles I have seen for the first time, Catherine!
The coloration on the thoraxes of both the male and the female of the species is so very subtle and beautiful.
The image is extremely sharp and well composed.
Wish you all the best in your altered surroundings.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-06-17 23:58]

Hi Catherine,
one of your expert shots of a lesser known creature. As usual with you, the technical aspects as well as the entomological aspects are taken care of very well. I was convinced that you were a trained entomologist until Anne told me otherwise. If I understand your correspondence correctly you will see Bayram (if its in Şanlı Urfa, don't miss Köbekli Tepe!). Please greet him from me and enjoy your stay. Tell us on TN what you found!
My best regards,Dietrich

Hello Catherine,

Small insects that live on the colors are very impressive.
above a certain perspective with all the above details carefully and feel a great composition and vivid colors.
Thank you for sharing this beauty.
Best Regards,


Hello Catherine,
Lovely macro of these unusual and attractive beetles on the flower. They look very colourful. excellent composition, sharpness and details. The POV clearly shows the differences in their colours. Lovely warm tone.
Best wishes for a fine trip and many many photo opportunities. :)

Hi Catherine

A fine composition of these two hairy beetles in coitus. Excellent composition and perfect sharpness.


Ciao Catherine, bye bye, beautiful couple of strange bugs in a lovely composition, fantastic bright colors, wonderful blurry BG, excellent sharpness and splendid details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-06-18 9:32]

Truly beautiful picture, Catherine!

You seem to capture your objects, insects or flowers, in perfect light.
Well done! Enjoy your trip!


Hello Catherine,
Something very interesting and with razor sharp details.
Great focus and lovely composition.

Geia sou Catherine
Great macro of beautiful couple . Splendid colors, excellent sharpness and wonderful details, very well done.
Filika Giorgos

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