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Phymatodes testaceus

Phymatodes testaceus
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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: 2010-03-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-03-08 3:32
Viewed: 5374
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Entomological spring:

the 10 mm fellow, a Tanbark borer (Coleoptera; Cerambycidae; Phymatodes testaceus (L.); Variabler Schönbock) has sprung from a Beech fire log in our house. The larva leaves, like all Cerambycid beetle larvae do, long flat tubes in the wood. The adult beetle is highly polymorphic in coloration, the elytrae and part of the legs go from tan to iridescent purple.

ID: on of the best sources of information that I have on beetles of my region, is www.koleopterologie.de. What gives the species away are the clublike femurs.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-03-08 4:19]

Hello Dietrich,

I find these picture better than your previous.
Good of color too.
Sharpness and clarity are very nice.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-03-08 4:42]

Very good macro, great colors and details!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-08 5:02]

Hello Dietrich,
A very nice macro of P. testaceus that must have emerged early in the warmth of your house.
Though it is found in the S. half of my country I have never been lucky enough to see it so it is great to see such a fine sharp macro taken from a good POV that shows the features of this typically coloured individual.
Thank you and kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-03-08 5:09]

Looks very fierce and ready to attack, wonderful colors of this beetle. Well done. tfs.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-08 12:01]

Hi Dietrich
What a great capture today this little Phymatodes testaceus!
Great details and colors.

hello Dietrich
super sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours with nice light
greeting lou

Your miniscule cerambycid looks so nice from this viewpoint, in fine focus and exposure Dietrich, forming a pleasant diagonal within the frame, producing a good composition. TFS indeed for this image my friend, in my WS I tried to remove some of the excess brownish hues, hope you will like it too...

Hi Dietrich

Another bizzare insect from your home and garden...now you are bringing them inside ! :)
Good composition and sharpness.


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