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two tone weevil

two tone weevil
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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Raynox DCR-150
Exposure: f/11, 1/2000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-06 8:21
Viewed: 5130
Points: 16
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Hi Friends,
Today I think I was really lucky. I had not visited one of my favourite haunts for quite some time but an errand in the vicinity allowed a couple of hours there. I managed a few shots, amongst which a few of this strangely coloured weevil. My first thought was - this has to go on TN. I hope to be posting another shot of the same creature but with a different POV in the future.
A weevil is any beetle from the Curculionoidea superfamily. They vary in size and are herbivorous. Due to the shape of their heads, weevils are commonly known as snout beetles. There are over 60,000 species in several families, mostly in the family Curculionidae (the true weevils). Some other beetles, although not closely related, bear the name "weevil", such as the biscuit weevil (Stegobium paniceum) which belongs to the family Anobiidae.
Notwithstanding their cute appearance, they are serious agricultural pests and Weevils are most likely to be observed in a domestic setting when opening a bag of flour although they will happily infest most types of grain including oats, barley and breakfast cereals. If ingested, E. coli infection and other various diseases can be contracted from weevils, depending on their diet.
Shot was taken freehand with the help of a macro flash which allowed such a fast shutter speed. F11 aperture setting to get the best possible DOF from the Raynox.
Thanks for watching

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It is a very nice and clear capture of this asymetric weevil. I wonder why this bug has this apearance, may a genetic mistake?
I posted a similar one here and did not get to the exact specie although I looked for it a long time.
Very nice post, thanks for sharing.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-06 8:32]
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Una "gran" macro en todos los aspectos Mark, con osado pero efectivo punto de vista mostrando buenos detalles del gorgojo con agudeza y buen foco.
Pregunta... por qué con una velocidad de 1/2000 debiste utilizar el flash en este caso, produciendo algunos reflejos evitables?
De todas maneras, una interesante presentación para incluir en tu portfolio.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

A "great" macro in all the aspects Mark, with fearless but effective point of view showing good details of the weevil with sharpness and good focus.
Question... why with a speed of 1/2000 you should use the flash in this case, producing some avoidable reflections?
Anyway, an interesting presentation to include in your portfolio.
My best regards... Ricardo

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-06 10:19]

Hello Mark,
You pictured an intersting weevil here. It's a member of a genus Lixus, there are several species in Europe, all similar, and it's hard to tell the right one based on a photo. All of them live on herbaceous plants, often in wet places or just on the border of water. Look at this website to see a bit more.
Best greetings,

Hello Mark,
Beautiful picture and very good technique. This macro shot is crisp clear with detail texture to appreciate.

Ciao Mark, buon anno nuovo anche a te e alla tua felice isola.

hi Mark
Très bonne composition avec ce macro, couleurs et détails parfaits et nets , du bon travail
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-07 18:47]

Hello Mark,
nice macro. POV, colors and details are wonderful. Nice presentation; well choosen format and good frame.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-07 22:44]

Hello Mark

A great photo of this weevil.You have captured it well with a good POV and DOF.The details are sharp and crisp.The colours are natural and well saturated.It is a very interesting little insect,with texture and interesting colour.TFS


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