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Copyright: myold profile (gondox) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D40 DSLR, Jupiter 37A 3.5/135, Digital RAW 200, M42 bellows + Metz 48 AF-1
Exposure: 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My own insect shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-25 16:43
Viewed: 4845
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I could take an hour off for a walk in the forest today, where I found this shiny little insect. I think it might be of Subfamily Donaciinae (Aquatic Leaf Beetles), but it's not a very wet area. If you have any IDea please let me know!

Some flashlight added and a monopod was used to take the photo.


Based on Gert's help I update the species to be Phyllobius argentatus.

Best regards,

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Hello Andor,
Very unique and beautiful colouration on this insect!
good clarity with such a small insect and details
sorry unable to help you with ID but appreciated for the sharing
best regards

Hello andor,

I think it is this one, latin name - Phyllobius argentatus.

Beautiful colored beetle and good of sharpness.


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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-04-25 23:11]

hi Andor,
great shot! you've really captured the color and beauty of this beetle. fantastic detail and sharpness.. great composition. tfs

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-25 23:21]

Hi Andor

Great shot - excellent lighting - you have captured the irridescence well. Nice detail too.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-04-25 23:38]

Hi Andor,

A nice capture of this metallic bug,with good colors and details,I think however that the impact of this capture could have been improved if the beetle was a bit off centered,for example by cropping a bit from the left side,anyway tffs and have a nice weekend


Hello Andor,

Very nice composition. Good sharp picture of this green weevil on the purple flower. Good lighting and very nice colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-26 4:16]

Woow Andor,this is a great spectacle!!! I know how isn't easy to take so perfectly this terribles bugs,this time you build a great artwork,perfect under all corners of view,thanks for share and for the note too,Luciano

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-26 8:58]

Hi Andor,
Outstanding shot of this shining Beetle. Very neat and sharp image with nice mettalic colours and perfect lighting. The petal presents a fine contrasting base and you have captured a fine pose here. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-27 11:01]

Hi Andor, very nice effect created by your lighting, the detail and texture on this beetles light is great. That purple flower is the perfect back drop too, a very artistic shot, well seen!

Hi Andor,

Excellent capture, perfect focus and sharpnes, great POV. Congrats.

Hello Andor,
This is a nice composition. I like the dark BG, good color and detail.
It's also an interesting POV, and the metallic colors of the beetle look great..Good use of flash.
Well done,

Hello Andor. A polished subject well captured in gold dust effect. I like the sharpness and the perch on the violet flower. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Perfect name, Andor.Very shiny, indeed!Brilliant capture!

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2008-04-30 16:12]

Beautiful picture, nice colors>! Great!!!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-05-01 21:51]

Hi Andor!

Hmm, your palette of photography is getting larger... insects now! Such a difficult subject. I have tried many times, still no satisfying results. But you present us a beautiful little monster that looks as if you had sprayed it with carneval colours!


I'm kidding. But it's a fact that the colours are surprising and amazing.

Kind regards


Hello Andor,
Seems like this little bugger has put her best dress on..!
The finer details in the shiny appearance is well captured, narrow DoF works well and isolates the insect nicely...
A well balanced composition!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-17 20:38]

Hello Andor

Very good DOF and POV.
The colours are well saturated.The textures show well.
Wonderful detail and focus on the insect,it is well illuminated and exposed.


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