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Soldier beetle

Soldier beetle
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 100, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-03 3:39
Viewed: 2893
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today a posting of one of the macroshots I took a few days ago in vatmark Alhagen.hope you like it and tfw

Soldier Beetles (Cantharidae)

When you look at them vertically you can see that the soldier beetles are called that way because they really do remind one of old fashioned soldier uniforms. There are over 50 species in the Low Countries. Many species are very similar and therefore difficult to tell apart. Often you can find them sunbasking on flowers. The adults eat other insects. In some casese they hunt for prey, but most eat animals that are already dead. The larvae hunt for snails, slugs and worms on the ground, even though there are some vegetarians among them. The most common of all soldier beetles probably is the Hogweed Bonking Beetle below. In summer they often appear in great numbers, basking in sunshine or copulating on flowers, especially umbellifer. As the flowers of many umbellifers are whitish the beetles are very striking. Due to their reddish colours birds will leave them alone. Reaching some 7 to 10 mm in length it is a typical representative of its family. As the species also loves verges and banks it may be considered to be a real opportunist, explaining its abundancy all over Europe and the British Isles. It is an excellent species to predict a thunderstorm, for when all the animals are retreating to the backside of leaves a thunderstorm will be advancing. Do not hurry though: they take shelter many hours before the thunderstorm arrives! You can tell them apart from most family members by looking at the colouring: the entire head ans neck shields are red, the shields are dark red, except for the ends where they get darker and the legs are red, except for the feet.

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Goedemorgen Paul.
Hij is wederom prachtig.

Excellent sharpness and most wonderful details in this lovely macro image.
Cpmposition and exposure are excellent. My compliments for another fine job.
Best regards and have a nice sunday, Harry

bonjour paul
le POV nous premet de profiter pleinement de toutes l'anatomie de cet insecte avec une netteté parfaite et une bonne profondeur de champ.

Hi Paul,
Nice macro picture. Sharp and crisp clear image. POV and composition are great. Nice dark background to highlight this soldier beetle.

Very nice pic of this cantharidae (cantharis fusca i guess). Focus right on the head and thorax, smooth backgound, good colours... a strange thing is that i have seen those beetles by the dozens last spring and couldn't see a single one this year so far !

Hello Paul
Excellent shot of this Beetle,
Great details,compo and DOF,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.

Good Luck

bravo pour cette belle présentation, belles couleurs et bons détailsde l'insecte
bien vu, merci de partager, amitiès

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-06-04 2:39]

Hello Paul,

Excellent picture nice capture and great macro shot of this beetle, soft colours and nice composition too.


Hola Paul,
Excelente la toma que nos presentas, la nitidez y detalles son muy buenos, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Magnifique macro autant l'insecte que la plante.

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