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Endemisms of Sicily/Agapanthia sicula

Endemisms of Sicily/Agapanthia sicula
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Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Longhorn Beetles/ Cerambycidae Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-09 4:53
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Agapanthia sicula sicula Ganglbauer, 1884

Body length: 10 - 22 mm.

Life cycle: 1 year.

Adults in: April - June.

Adult of Genus Agapanthia hare characterized by elongate body. Eyes moderately convex, with minute facets, broadly emarginated. Antennae thin, longer than body, on inner side with long hairs. Elytra usually parallel-sided, rounded apically, with dense pubescence or with sparse dark brown hairs not forming compact cover.
The genus Agapanthia is represented by over 20 species in Europe.
All of them are ecologically associated with herbaceous vegetation.
Larvae live in shoots of Umbelliferae, Compositae, Ranunculaceae and other plants.

Agapanthia sicula is endemic of Italy, with two subspecies: A. sicula malmerendii , that occurs in Italian mainland and Sardinia and Agapanthia sicula sicula, endemic of Sicily.

WORKSHOP. Habitat of Agapanthia sicula sicula

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-09 5:06]
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Buongiorno Marcello,
this is an impressive and admirable picture of the longhorn. The focus is exact - the eye is presented very clear and sharp. Structural details and colours are presented in a way which I like very much.
The habitat / landscape picture shown in the workshop is also very nice. The landscape is so attractive for me that I would to be there immediately.
I did not use links up to now. How did you include it?
Best wishes, Peter

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  • lutya Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 93] (451)
  • [2007-12-09 5:11]

Hi Marcello!

Very nicely presented, this small Cerambycid beetle with the hairy antennae! Good, natural background. Thanks for presenting it and making detailed notes.Very well done..

Hello Marcello
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Great details,exposure and POV,Superb shot.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-09 6:18]

How stunning and outstanding this picture!! The bug is so curious and presented with such magnificent sharp details! Fantastic focus, great DOF and excellent POV with a marvellous diagonal composition.
Very interesting note too.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-09 7:27]

Hello Marcello,
What a splendid macro of this interesting Longhorn Beetle endemic to Italy! Great focus showing all details very clearly and fine colours. I like its pose and the soft background. Very well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-09 7:45]

Ciao Marcello,
Excellent sharp macro of A. sicula sicula. Technicall superb and an excellent diagonal composition against suitable bokeh BG.
This species of Agapanthia is not found in Sweden.
So thanks for sharing this,
Ciao e grazie,

Hello Marcello,

Beautiful sharp picture of this beetle. Very nice composition. Beautiful detail and natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Marcello, nel ws ci fai vedere che non sai fare solo le macro, questa è splendida per nitidezza e dettagli, certo che ce ne sono di insetti strani, anche questo mai visto prima, grazie, ciao Silvio

ciao Marcello
una macro notevolissima di questa nuova creatura indigena per qualita' e particolari
e di notevole bellezza l'habitat in cui vive

buona serata sERGIO

Hello Marcello,

What a splendid shot. Perfect. Your diagonal composition is very good. She/ He is a little bit lazy (-:. Look once to here legs. Your DOF and POV are very good. Sharp and you can see a lot of fine details. The BG is also good. It also nice that you did a workshop to let us see the habitat of this little bug. We have now a complete story. You did a good job. Thanks for that. Regards and TFS BOB

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-09 12:21]

eh ma sei troppo bravo !!! guardando il volto dell'insetto sembra una specie di cane o capra,i dettagli sono perfetti....grazie maestro,Luciano

Hello Marcello,
What a wonderful and superb details here!!
You always show us very high qulity of photos which is also unique, interesting and various insects.
I personally love your gallery very much. :-)
TFS and best wishes,

Increible Marcello como has captado todos los pormenores del insecto, que por la gran ampliación y el pelaje más bien parece un mamífero :-) El enfoque es soberbio y la profundidad muy amplia. Luz inmejorable y unos sorprendentes colores por la belleza de estos y el realismo que tienen. Alabo mucho esta fotografía pero creo que se lo merece. Buen trabajo y feliz semana: J. Ignasi

Hi Marcello,
This is an unusual furry bug and you acheived such wonderful sharp focus and fine lighting.
Great POV to see the wonderful details.
Excellent composition and use of DOF to blur the BG.
I would prefer all the antenae in image though I would think you had the same idea.

Ciao Marcello,
Un bel coleotero longhicornio endemico; il macro è una vera "delicatessen", i detagli sono ottimi. Adesso un bella regione quella che hai meso in workshop (ci sono delle rovine romane o greche?), famosa in endemismi del passato con fosili di animali preistorici, come elefanti nani e topi giganti.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-12 0:35]

Bonjour Marcello,
Tu es vraiment très actif! Toutes ces images nouvelles. Celle-ci est vraiment très réussie.
Excellente composition en diagonale , une créature très intéressante et tous les détails visibles. En plus ce coléoptère a l'air bien sympathique.
Merci pour toutes tes contributions, toujours intéressantes
Bonne journée

Amazing details and colors. Kind of creepy but WOW! TFS

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