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Waterworld (1) - Dytiscus semisulcatus

Waterworld (1)  - Dytiscus semisulcatus
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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: 2006-10-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-27 7:18
Viewed: 4539
Points: 12
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Dytiscidae (predaceous water beetles) is one of the largest and most commonly encountered groups of aquatic beetles. Both adults and larvae are predaceous, and will attack a wide variety of small aquatic organisms. Although most species are small to medium sized, some adults can attain a length of 35 mm.
The family is estimated to include about 4,000 species in over 160 genera.
Dytiscids have a characteristic appearance (see this table), and can generally be recognized by having a hard, smooth, oval body, without any ventral spine, having the hind legs flattened and with a fringe of hairs so that it can act like a paddle, and having long, thin antennae. In the water, dytiscids swim by moving their hind legs simultaneously, like oars, while the similar appearing Hydrophilidae alternate the movement of their hind legs.
Dytiscids generally prefer slow moving or stagnant water, such as ponds, lakes, billabongs, dams, and pools at the edges of streams. They require atmospheric air, and the adult beetles go to the surface to gather air which they store in a chamber underneath their elytra (wing covers) to enable them to increase the time they can be submerged. Larvae lack this ability, but many species use a siphon in the form of long filaments at the end of the abdomen.
Adult dytiscids are capable of sustained flight, and often travel some distance to disperse and find new habitats. They generally fly in the evening or at night, and they use reflected light from a water surface as a method of finding a new habitat. They can be confused by artificial reflected surfaces (e.g. glass) or lights, and are often attracted to these sources rather than water.

Dytiscus semisulcatus (length: 24-30 mm.) is a freshwater species (with sulcate elytra in the female) usually confined to stagnant or almost stagnant water.
The species ranges over most Europe, and occurs as far east as Eastern asia. It has been found in North Africa and it is recorded from Majorca and Corsica.


La macrofotografia consente di riprendere da vicino molte specie di insetti, e di mettere in evidenza i caratteri che permettono in seguito di identificarli, spesso anche a livello specifico.
Le nostre foto inevitabilmente privilegiano e rappresentano però solo alcuni gruppi, a discapito di altri.
I soggetti più facili da fotografare sono gli insetti volatori, specialmente quelli che frequentano i fiori per cercare nutrimento.
Seguono poi tutti gli altri insetti che si incontrano mentre si muovono sul terreno, sui tronchi e in altri ambienti allo scoperto.
Ma sono tagliate fuori ancora centinaia di specie che frequentano ambienti poco facilmente indagabili con le nostre attrezzature.
Fra questi ambienti, certamente uno è quello sommerso.
Mi riferisco ovviamente alle acque dolci, che presentano ecosistemi altrettanto complessi e vari di quelli terrestri.
Questi ambienti sono popolati da una miriade di forme viventi, soprattutto larve, ma anche insetti adulti, talvolta di notevoli dimensioni.
Ho tentato di fotografare alcuni di questi caratteristici insetti del Genere Dytiscus.
Quello che vi presento oggi è il Dytiscus semisulcatus.
Si tratta di una femmina, riconoscibile per le elitre solcate e i tarsi anteriori non dilatati a forma di ventosa, caratteristici del maschio.
Le foto sono state realizzate servendomi di un piccolo contenitore trasparente che ho portato con me per trasferire momentaneamente i coleotteri da fotografare.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-27 8:09]
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Hello Marcello,
I suggest that the picture was not so easy to take. Is the beeetle close to the water surface here? Nevertheless, you achieved a picture with pretty good sharpness of the beetle within its natural environment.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-27 10:15]

Hello Marcello,
Colors are great, also sharpness
like the POV
Regards, Dejan

Hi Marcello.
Splendid macro!
Excellent colors, sharpness and texture.
Coleopter very different.
Impressive the wealth of details!
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards,
José Roberto

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-10-27 11:27]

Hello Marcello,
I discover your gallery with great pleasure. This picture is revealing: perfect photography, a very interesting object, a habitat background and a wonderfully precise note, a dream! Slowing down th beetle with green algae, ingenious. I don't think anyone has published a Dytiscus yet on TN (wrong: marx44 did). Thanks for all that. I will come back to your gallery.
My best regards

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2007-10-28 0:06]

Hi Marcello,
Splendid shot of Dytiscidae hardly seen here (if seen at all).
Very well done on details and colors.in many aspects its just perfect.

Eccezionale Marcello, mai visto prima, hai ragione c'è tutto un mondo che non osserviamo con l'attenzione che meriterebbe, splendida macro sub, bravo, ciao Silvio

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