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Byturus tomentosus, Byturus ochratius

Byturus  tomentosus, Byturus ochratius
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-12-16 1:26
Viewed: 3985
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Little known backyard inhabitants:

Two kinds of small (6 mm) beetles sit in this Meadow buttercup: one is the familiar Raspberry beetle (Coleoptera; Byturidae; Byturus tomentosus (F.); Himbeerkäfer) to the left. To the right you see the very similar but much less seen Avens beetle (Byturus ochratius (synonym: B. fumatus; B. aestivus) (L.); Nelkenwurzkäfer), recognizable by its bigger eyes. The beetles pass spring by eating pollen, later they lay their eggs into Raspberry buds resp. Avens buds (Geum urbanum). The white larvae in the ripe raspberries are a familiar sight, fortunately they taste like... raspberries. I add a picture of a bud piercing beetle (see here) in the workshop section.

ID: I used J. Zahradnik,1985. Käfer Mittel- und Nordwesteuropas. Verlag Parey, Hamburg. The family of Byturidae (Flower beetles; Blütenfresser) is represented in my region by 3 species, all looking similar. The diameter of the eye in relation to the distance between the eyes (and the larval host plants) tells them apart. Notice that the beetles occur in two kinds of coloration.

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my first critique on TN is for this wonderfull shot. I like the
bright color of the flower and the sharpness of the beetles.
The rain droppleds are a add for this beautyfull composition

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-16 21:40]

Hi Dietrich.
You have reflected these small creatures with your firm quality. I like pictured scene a lot. Flower is an amazing stage for the main characters. Colours of the flower is amazing and details of the insects are stunning. Water drops on the petals are wonderful and decorate the image perfectly. My warm greetings and TFS.

Hi Dietrich,

A fascinating note and an interesting image, excellent technical quality on the photo, as usual.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-18 13:40]

Hi Dietrich,
a great shot of these mating Beetles on a buttercup :-)
Very good detail.
Excellent composition.
Nice light too.

Well done,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-19 0:33]

Hallo Dieter,
Ein lustiges Bild. Die Begegnung zweier Doppelstöcker auf "Ankeblueme".
Schöne natürliche Szene, farblich gut abgestimmt. Vielleicht hättest Du das untere Blumenblatt nicht schneiden sollen. Reizend auch die kleinen Glasperlen.
Möchte Dir und den Deinen noch schöne Festtage wünschen. Wir sind nächste Woche im Chalet.
Alles Gute

Lieber Dieter,
wunderbar präzise Nahaufnahme dieser winzigen, sehr geschäftigen Käferchen in der vom Regen benetzten leuchtenden Butterblumenblüte. Ebenso präzise die fachkundigen Erläuterungen. Auch das Workshop-Foto habe ich sehr genossen.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

Hi dear Dietrich ,
Great macro with excellent details.
Light and sharpness is excellent too.

Kind regards

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