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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: 2006-07-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 200
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-08 3:55
Viewed: 3054
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After some grey,snowy and cold days I think its time for a summerpicture from last season,

This is a Longhorn beetle found in my garden enjoying pollen,I think it is a Leptura rubra (female),for explanation see below (from website gardensafari.net)

In most beetle species the male and the female are almost identical. In a few cases however there are striking differences between the two, like in Corymbia rubra, a species common on flowers in gardens. The male is slender, brownish and has a black neck shield. It seldomly reaches a length of over 15 mm. The female is bigger and more plumb, reaching some 20 mm in length regularly. She is reddish, including het neck shield. Actually they do look like two separate species! The species is very rare in the UK, for the foodplants of its larvae are not indigenous in Britain. It is still often referred to by either of its former scientific names Leptura rubra or Stictoleptura rubra.

Thanks for watching,

stevkds, cicindela, Necipp, ramthakur, Adanac, JoseMiguel, SkyF, SelenE, Alex99, uleko, RAP, scottevers7, mikou, TAZ, jhm has marked this note useful
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Nice close up really colorfull and detailed,

Hi Paul
Technically perfect macro. Picture is in color balanced. Very well done. tfs. Steve

Hello Paul!
Very nice picture with good details (especially on the head and thorax), and nice contrast. Note is also useful and informative.
Anyway, the present name of this species is Corymbia rubr, but you are right, this is a female.
Best greetings,

bonjour paul
le dof est un tout petit peu etroit malgres le reglage du diaphramge,mais en revanche le haut du corps est parfaitement detailé.belles couleurs.

A great shot superb detail and DOF nice POV love the saturated colours nicely framed and composed tfs rgds Necip.

Doesn't it look like the bug is giving an affectionate hug to the bunch of flowers, Paul? :-)
Very impressive picture of this beetle with those curving, long "horns" ( I mean antennae). Good POV, DOF, colours and details.
Best regards,

hi paul,
nice shot,
well composed,the shallow dof has given excellent bg to the shot, very sharp image with good details,
nice colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-08 7:34]

Hi Paul,
Excellent macro shot that is well detailed, beautifully colored and well composed.

Hi Paul,
This is an excellent macro of this insect!
You got marvelous details, so razorsharp and clear.
I like so much the wonderful light you had, and the excellent way you managed the exposition to care the whites.
The backgound got works pretty well to stand out the insect.
The composition choosen couldn't be better.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
Best regards,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-08 9:23]

Hello Paul,
excellent macro, amazing sharpness and great details. POV and colors are excellent. Beautiful composition, your DOF is right on.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-08 9:30]

Hi Paul,
Very nice macro, composition and POV is beautiful. Lovely colors and details. TFS


well done on this excllent colors bg POV DOF excllent details very crisp I really like this POV alot,

well done and TFS Kyle

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-08 10:30]

Hi Paul.
Once your great close-up. Exactness of details, richness and beautifulness of colours, sharpness and lighting are simply perfect as well as the cropping and composition. Excellent done. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-08 10:56]

Hi Paul,
Great shot of this longhorn beetle, sharp and and very colourfull I like the pollen too.
Very special effect.

HI Paul,
Its really a candid shot I can say. the beetle is grabing the flower with both the hads , sorry six and deeping its head in it. Great details. Warm colors especially Yellow whoch i think is most difficult color to shoot coz of light reflection.Its antenna look like horns.
Well done


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-08 13:24]

Hello Paul,
Very impressive macro of this Longhorn in profile. Sharp details and clear colours. Nicely composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-08 13:36]

Very good macro Paul... it reminds me to the hairy insect that I published few weeks ago here.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
Lighting: ****
Background: *****
Bokeh: *****
Framing: ****
DOF: *****
Focus: *****
POV: *****
Frame: *****
Note: ***

Excellent capture where it stands out the insect and their flowers on an impeccable bottom.
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

Hi Paul,
Superb macro shot here. Rich vivid color saturation and tack sharp. Overall composition and framing look great. Making me want to see summer again in a hurry. Very good camera work.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-08 13:43]

Hi Paul.
This is beautiful very close-up with amazing colors.I really like POV and interesting position of this beetle.Details are perfect and sharp.Also blurry BG is very nice and good working for overall scene.
Well done nicely composed.TFS and greetings.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-02-09 1:54]

Hello Paul,
What a wonderful macro for this well detailled beetle.
The "+++" : subject, pose, low POV, composition, sharpness, DOF, nice blurred BG, colors, light & exposure, useful note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-02-09 2:24]

Hi Paul,

Het is altijd prettig wanneer men dergelijke mooie macro kan maken, mooi gedetaileerd en goed van kleuren, prachtig werk.


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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-02-11 2:41]

Hi Paul,

Great picture of this beetle.
Great color, background, position and sharpness


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