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Anthaxia fulgurans

Anthaxia fulgurans
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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: 2009-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-01-18 11:20
Viewed: 3777
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Anthaxia fulgurans (Schrank, 1789)
Family: Buprestidae

It is a small jewel beetle (4,5-7mm) of the large Tribe of Anthaxiini (400 species in the world).
The adults can be seen from April to August. Pronotum with two dark large spots. Sexual dimorphism: ♂ with green antennae, elythrae bluish green, ♀ with black antennae, pronotum bluish green, elythrae fire red with a green band in the middle, with gold on the edge.
Hostplants : Malus sp. Adults on flowers of Leucanthemum sp., Rosa sp., Crataegus sp., Anthemis sp., Sorbus sp., Castanea sp. and some Apiaceae,like here on Daucus carota.
Distribution: Europe to Turkey.

Hastir P., Gaspar Ch., Les « richards » (Coleoptera – Buprestidae) de la faune de Belgique, Notes fauniques de Gembloux, n°47, 2002.

Photo taken on Ikaria island. See also another specimen on the workshop.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-18 11:32]

Hi Catherine. This is a fine picture of the small Jewel beetle. You can see where they get the name. You have taken this with a fine top POv showing all of the bright colours of the shell. It stands out well from the cream coloured flowers. Well taken TFs.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-01-18 11:43]

Hi Catherine,

A real jewel in a fine setting. Lovely composition. A gem!


Hi Catherine,

Excellent shot
Perfect composition with beautiful soft BG colors and great sharpnes on the beetle

TFS Thijs

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-18 12:05]

Hello Catherine.

A very fine capture of this little insect.
A like the colors very much, those of the insects contrast nice with that in the background.
Very well done.

Gr. Hans

Hi Catherine
Nice composition, colours abd details.
Well done.

Hi Catherine,
The insect itself has an attractive metallic color in sight. The contrast with the background is very good. Excellent layer approach for flowers and faded at the end.

Beautiful picture and wonderful insect Catherine!
Genus Anthaxia is rather small, and it is not easy to take so good picture.
Very nice presentation with interesting note!
All the best,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-18 16:07]

Hi Catherine,

A magnificent capture of this Jewel Bug with marvelous metallic colors and fine details. The presentation is stunning with the beautiful flowers, lovely colored background, perfect composition and wonderful frame.


A very attractive little Jewel Beetle, beautifully captured.
Nicely positioned in the frame and sharp with good colour.
Nice work.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-18 19:53]

What a little jewel of a bug, Catherine.
Excellent POV and details.
You captured the iridescence and the colors of the exoskeleton beautifully.
The white flowers offer a lovely BG.
TFS. ; )

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2010-01-18 23:32]

Beauitful sheen and excelent focus and sharpess on Jewel beetle you show off Catherine.Its's placement is pat right with a nice OOF spread of white with hints of yellow for a base.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-19 1:17]

Real jewel against those lovely flowers, beautiful image. tfs.

Hi my dear friend Catherine,

An utterly amazing macro capture of this l'il bubrestid from nice POV, wonderful exposure and good DOF control. A big coincidence that i also captured this beauty in the last summer period (i think male one). I sent you some shots of it by e-mail for you.
TFS and best wishes!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-19 2:09]

Hi Catherine,
very lovely reddish wings well shown in great shine .I like the blurry white background. It gives nice compression to the shot.


Ciao Catherine. Great details on this multicolor dress. Nice metalic refelcions against the soft tones of the BG.


Hello Catherine,

An excellent macro with lovely colors, sharpness & fine details. Well taken & presented. TFS & best wishes.


Ciao Catherine, wonderful bug with fantastisc metallic colors, splendid blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Catherin
a super colored Beetle
nice details and good composition
very good light
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-20 9:31]

Hello Catherine,
Fantastic focus on this tiny metallic Beetle showing very fine details and beautiful colours. The white flower is perfect as a background too! Great work!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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