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Malachius bipustulatus(thanks Marcellr)

Malachius bipustulatus(thanks Marcellr)
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-30
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ticino Park Wildlife [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-10 16:32
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Points: 28
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Common malachite beetle - Malachius bipustulatus - Family: Melyridae

A relatively soft-bodied beetle, the malachite beetle is metallic green with a bright scarlet spot at the end of each wing-case. The male has a complicated series of flanges and cups on its antennae which it uses to transfer sex-pheromones to the female prior to mating. When alarmed, both sexes exude soft, bright red pouches from the sides of the body which give off a smell that deters predators.

Adults may be found on a variety of open-structured flowers in gardens, especially those of the daisy, carrot and rose family. Here they feed on pollen and nectar, as well as on other insects visiting the flowers. The larvae eat small invertebrates, particularly other insect larvae such as caterpillars and maggots, finding them under bark, on grass roots and in litter.

The larvae of this beetle may feed on slugs. Adults live mostly on pollen and may be found on almost any garden flower.

Daisy, Dog rose, Field rose, Hedgehog rose, Michaelmas daisy, Ox-eye daisy, Shasta daisy, Sweet briar, Wild carrot

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Ciao Luciano,
innanzitutto complimenti per la foto, dai colori naturali e ben nitida, soprattutto considerando le piccole dimensioni del soggetto.
Poi grazie per la fiducia!
Con certezza posso dirti che si tratta di un coleottero della Famiglia Malachiidae e del Genere Malachius.
Somiglia molto al Malachius bipustulatus (vedi qui ), ma, visto che esistono altre specie dall'aspetto esterno molto simile, non determinabili da una foto, mi fermerei a Malachius sp.
Ciao e buona domenica,

Hello Luciano,
very attractive, well detailed, well composed image. Wonderful shades of green in pleasantly soft light around that precious little gem of a beetle. Thank you!
My best regards,

Hi Luciano.
Simply perfect!
Splendid shot of this gorgeous coleopter.
Excellent coloration, sharpness and texture.
Well done!
Thanks for sharing!
Best regards,
José Roberto

beautiful colours and a fine shot....excellent POV.

Hello Luciano,

Good composition. sharpness is good and beautiful natural colours.
Bonne journée,

Eh eh Luciano, oggi sei tu ad andare a ripetizioni da Marcello, dopo un giretto su internet concordo con la sua attribuzione, Malachius bipustulatus, bella macro molto nitida e con bei colori, buona domenica, ciao Silvio

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-11 3:47]

Excellent details and a superb diagonal composition on this wonderful capture. Those colours are really amazing -- exactly like the stone for which it is named!
Many thanks for your kind words on "lest We Forget"

ciao Luciano

bello scarabeo dai colori vivi
bene focalizzato e buoni dettagli

saluti sERGIO

Bonita toma con excelentes colores Luciano.
El pequeño desenfoque de la parte imferior
no impide apreciar con claridad todos los
detalles. Buen encuadre y naturalidad en
los colores.

Saludos: J. Ignasi

Hello Luciano,

Superbe macro ! J'aime les couleurs et le cadrage... en plus du piqué...

Photo très réussie, Bravo !


Hi Luiano,

I appreciate this Malachius picture a lot because it's a small beetle, it's nicely portrayed in perfect pose and composition and because you don't see it often. Very well done!
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-12 4:48]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent capture of this beautiful Malachite beetle. Impressive sharpness and lovely colours. It stands out very nicely from the fine natural background. A great composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello Luciano,
Very unique and cute little beetle you present here!
We have the similar species and this species might be stinky smells on body.
Excellent details and fine POV & composition, with perspective angle.
Well presented and TFS,
Best wishes,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-17 10:20]

Hi Luciano,
Wonderful shot of this colourful beetle. Very impressive sharpness and the green on green colour looks really fabulous. I like the natural surrounding here and the pose you have captured. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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