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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/121 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Montenegro
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world (Chapter 2), Ground beetles (Carabidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-01 20:07
Viewed: 5919
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Carabus (Procrustes) coriaceus L.
Family: Carabidae - ground beetles

One of the biggest European ground-beetles (up to 4,2cm.). It lives in almost entire Europe (excluding Iberian Peninsula, Finland and Birtish Isles). Usually it occurs in light, dry forest but in the mountains it may be found on grasslands (as this one was).

The individual on the picture is a female. In carabids you may see the difference in the shape of the first feet. In males the segments are flat and broad, in females - narrow and cylindric.

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Hi Machal,
A superb macro shot. I love that semi-metallic blue color on the beetle. The detail and DOF is outstanding here. As always, you have great informative notes to further my education.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2005-12-02 0:09]

Hi Michal,
Yet another great contribution from your treasury! Flawless technqiue, stupendous impression and expertise note! Many thanks for this!

A beautiful beetle with its shiny blue armor.
Yes, this is quite common in Eastern Europe, but it's quite hard to photograph them as they are very fast and agile.(Afler all it must be, it's a predator).

Regards, Petru

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2005-12-02 1:07]

Hola Michal:The great metallic coloring is very attractive for the view, very well illuminated and contrasted. The color of its eyes is charming. The colors incrusted in the earth give him a special touch and they capture the attention finely. An excellent macro, congratulations. Saludos Cordiales. *Ninfa Urania*

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-02 3:08]

Big and, I bet, fast. Very good picture Michal. Flash was helpfull and exposure is perfect. Very nice colours, shinning armour looks good.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-02 4:53]

Hello Michal,
Very good capture. Details are sharp. colors,lighting,POV,framing,sharpness and composition are perfect.TFS

Fantastyczny - po prostu cudownie kolorowy.
Uwielbiam żuyki ale bardzo trudno jest zrobic dobre zdjecie - twoje jest fantastyczne!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-12-02 6:31]

Superb macro of the nice beetle. Perfect details and colors.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-02 7:21]

WoW! UN superbe spécimen et un très joli contraste entre le sujet et l'environnement.


Wow, Michal, that's the absulute sharpness.
I don't like bugs so much, but this one is wonderful. The blue metallic colour is marvelous, thank you, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Very nice macro Michal. Excellent DOF, POV, sharpness and detail. Very good use of flash also. Very well done!
Thank you.

Great shot of this beetle Michal. I love the glossy blue-black against the matt grey of the slate. Lovely detail and sharpness and composition too. Your note is very interesting, I got a shot of a ground beetle myself and now I'll be able tell which sex it is. TFS :)

Just to add some entomological details.
This species usually preys on snails and slugs and because of that, as other members of the genus Carabus, it is protected in most European coutries.

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