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Chrysolina grossa / Red Leaf Beetle


Chrysolina grossa / Red Leaf Beetle
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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: 2006-09-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-13 13:24
Viewed: 3989
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
COLEOPTERA, CHRYSOMELIDAE

Chrysomelidae include, at the present state of knowledge, approximately 40,000 species distributed in all zoogeographical regions. The larval instars and, most of all, the adults of these beetles are generally phytophagous,mainly feeding on leaf parenchyma and other chlorophyll-rich tissues. They are predominantly diurnal, and are mostly active during the hottest hours of the day, at least at our latitudes. The chrysomelid species so far recorded from Italy amount to 813.
Chrysolina grossa is a Mediterranean species, associated with Labiatae of the genera Mentha and Satureja.

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Chrysolina grossa (Fabricius, 1792)

Questo colorato Chrysomelidae si riconosce facilmente dalle altre specie del Genere Chrysolina per il pronoto verde metallico o blu e le elitre rosso-brune.
Gli orli laterali del pronoto sono elevati a cercine e delimitati da un solco completo e nettamente impresso.
La punteggiatura del pronoto molto fine e sparsa.
Quella delle elitre è invece ben impressa, coi punti formanti linee più o meno regolari, specialmente in prossimità della sutura.
Questa specie compare in primavera, ma è più frequente in autunno su Origanum, Satureja e Calamintha.
Le uova sono deposte sul terreno, in autunno. Le larve raggiungono il completo sviluppo all'inizio dell'inverno e trascorrono questa stagione nascoste nel terreno, dove si impupano.
A maggio compaiono gli adulti della nuova generazione, che in estate vanno in diapausa per riprendere la loro attività e riprodursi all'inizio dell'autunno successivo.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6385 W: 89 N: 15531] (64988)
  • [2008-01-13 13:34]

A questo punto cosa vuoi che ti scriviamo? Chi capisce un pochino di foto e ha fatto un po' di esperienza come me conosce la difficolta' di ottenere immagini cosi' perfette..non posso dire altro che ogni volta resto sbalordito,per la qualita' e la competenza,grazie ancora per la tua presenza su TN,ciao Luciano

Very nice Macro! Superb color and sharpness. nice BG too.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-13 14:30]

Ciao Marcello,
Che bell'insetto!
Bel colore e buona nitidezza!
Saluti
Ena

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  • javig Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 20] (134)
  • [2008-01-13 15:01]

Ciao Marcello,

good macro of this beetle.

These beetles are difficult to photograph, I have nightmares with Chrysolina americana, they are very reflective. I tried to photograph it many times but I have not achieved good results with the flash.

Saludos,

Javi.

Excelente enfoque en todo el cuerpo del inseto. Este tipo de crisolinas cuestan de fotografiar y me da la impresión de que aprovechaste alguna sombra para poder plasmarla bien. Gran profundidad , belleza de colores y una cabeza bien resuelta. Excelente trabajo Marcello.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-13 18:38]

Hi Marcello,
Wonderful close-up shot. Very neat, sharp and with lovely colours. Excellent DOF and POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.
TFS.
Sumon

Ciao Marcello, di fronte ad una macro così si può soltanto restare in ammirazione, so per esperienza quanto sia difficile fotografare questi esserini sbrilluccicanti rendendo tuti i dettagli come hai fatto tu, grazie per tutte le belle foto che ci hai fatto vedere fino ad ora e per quelle che ci proporrai in futuro, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hello Marcello,

Very beautiful composition with this wonderful background. The beetle is very sharp. Light is excellent. Colours are wonderful.
Well done.
Cheers,
Mariki

Hi Marcello!
Worderful picture of Chrysolina! In Poland we have similar species, Ch. populi. Beautiful colours (I like metallic ferlections), sharpness and also interesting note. You have almost 2 times more Chrysolemidae in Italy than we in Poland :)
Best regards,
Radomir

Hi Marcello

Great shot of this beautiful beetle.
Well composed with excellent sharpness and DOF.

Chris

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-01-14 7:29]

Hello Marcello,
Superb capture of this little red and shiny Beetle showing very sharp details. It stands out nicely from the soft green background and I like your composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

Ciao Marcello.
Very sharp details on the wing cases of this tiny red beetle. Good colours, composition and background. Thanks.
Alan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-14 12:10]

Hi Marcello.
Simply perfect macro shot with terrific reproduction of all amazing details of the bug. Precise DOF, impressive diagonal composition and unusual fine coloration of the BG. Bravo. Excellent job.
Alexei.

impressionanti dettagli e colori, davvero molto definiti; bella immagine

Un saluto
Emanuele

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-15 6:17]

What a stunning picture, Marcello!
Impressive sharpness showing perfectly the characteristics of this little bug. I like a lot the POV, DOF, colors, lighting, contrast, framing and composition.
A splendid job, as ever.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards
Maite

P:)

Hello Marcello,
Very good macro. Good curve, tones, colours,etc...
Wonderful pastel BG.
Well done
TFS
Annick

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-17 13:47]

Hello Marcello,
great macro capture of this colourful Chrysolina beetle, details are great, nice DOF and composition
regards, Dejan

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