Oil Cow - "Truck Beetle"
- ddg (5507)
- [2005-04-26 8:47]
Super montage Monica et excellente note digne d'une entomologiste (la profession disparait !!). Féficitations Didier.
This is a really good post Monika.
A very unusual beetle and very good notes.
Your presentation in the boxes is good (although it is the top left,not bottom left that has the drop of liquid)
I've never heard of this beetle before,so once again I've learned something. Thanks for posting it.
- softflower (0)
- [2005-04-26 9:18]
Beautiful photos Monika ! I really like it with the 4 pictures.
Very good note !
- Runnerduck (1851)
- [2005-04-26 9:29]
A great concept. The details are really strong, each image would work really well on it's own. My fav is top left.
A great post, thanks for sharing.
- Comandante (1408)
- [2005-04-26 9:36]
Superb shots and very good presentation!
I liked this photo very much.Thanks for sharing!
- CaptiveLight (969)
- [2005-04-26 11:26]
Fascinating and informative as always, well done.
- liquidsunshine (5437)
- [2005-04-26 13:39]
Another nice presentation Monika,
Very informative note as always. Well detailed and sharp images in all 4.
Excellent captures, Thanks for posting
- naki (40)
- [2005-04-26 15:24]
Very good shots Monika. Presentation is inspiring. This is really "learning nature through photography".
Great note too.
- aktolga (322)
- [2005-04-26 17:01]
Very good post Monica,
Very very good note.
Combination of the boxes are excellent.
- sandpiper2 (16757)
- [2005-04-27 2:08]
Great shots, great composition and presentation. Fasinating notes. Great POV on top left shot.
- TAZ (10926)
- [2005-04-27 2:34]
Beau et intéressant montage photographique. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Interesting & Well Done !
- dew77 (13270)
- [2005-04-27 2:56]
Superb photos and perfect presentation Monika!
All of them are sharp detailed.Excellent work.
Fascinating note about fascinating beetle Monika! I've never heard before that such beast live in our country :-) Very poisonous indeed - do you know what kind of poison is it producing? Maybe some kind of neurotoxin? Also, I'm courious why bees don't attack those parasites? Photos are very good, upper left with drop of poison is the best. Couple on upper right corner looks like little perverts ;-)
I don't know why but info about toxins and its effects fascinate me ;-)
Cantharidin is highly toxic by ingestion, but can also be taken up through the skin and mucous membranes. The poisoning is called cantharidism and can consist of severe gastrointestinal disturbances and nephritis. Collapse occurs in several cases and death might follow.
A consumption of 1.6g of pulverized beetles containing the toxin led to death after 26 hours. Ten mg of pure cantharidin resulted in a fatality, whereas poisoning by 1.3mg did not (Davidson, 1987). Cantharidin is excreted by the kidney and will during excretion irritate the entire urinary tract. The irritation of the urethra will increase the blood flow to this region and might result in priapism, a persistent abnormal erection of the penis (Metcalf, 1962). It is likely that the priapism is the origin of the use of Spanish fly as an aphrodisiac.
- PDP (11769)
- [2005-04-27 7:05]
Hello Monika, very nice series of shots. Each one is very good and provides a very good idea of what this beast loks like from all angles. It's great you managed to capture these especially as you explain that they are seldom seen. The note is great. Thanks for sharing.
- puciu (2631)
- [2005-04-27 10:23]
Wspania³a seria Moniko. Ciekawy owad, bardzo dobrze sfotografowany.
- Signal-Womb (11094)
- [2005-04-27 17:38]
Fantastic post Monika both in picture quality, note and presentation, great job on this.
- ronanj (10)
- [2005-05-26 6:34]
chouette montage, pédagogique et bien renseigné par la note
bravo pour le travail et l'info passée