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Golden-haired Longhorn (TN 1st?)

Golden-haired Longhorn (TN 1st?)
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Copyright: Vinny Blood (Vinster) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, SanDisk Ducati 8GB
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-09 11:50
Viewed: 3337
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A female Golden-haired Longhorn Beetle (Leptura aurulenta). I believe this is a first for this species on TN - I have searched under the pseudonym Strangalia aurulenta and not found any images. Like so many beetles the larvae live in old timber. I've not yet managed to find out much more information as it seems to be a scarce species - certainly here in the UK.

I spotted the insect in flight whilst walking in the New Forest, and something about it made me think 'that is not a beetle I've ever seen before'. I sprinted after it and luckily it dropped down onto an old tree stump where I managed to snap some shots of it. A slight pity one of the antennae is out of the focal plane, but that's often the way when working with a 100mm macro! I hope the shot at least shows the golden body hairs that give this beetle its name.

Kind Regards

Vinny www.vincentblood.com

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-09 12:01]

Hi Vinny. Well done for finding this one and congrats for the first on TN. i have never seen one before. You have managed to get a good view with your low PON. Taken with good detail and rich colours. Well done TFS.

Hi Vinny,
Interesting beetle. Good colours and a surprisingly deep field showing lots of small details. Thanks


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-09 12:52]

Hello Vinny,
Congratulations! this must be a first for this species on TN. THe Golden-haired Longhorn does not occur in Sweden and I guess it is pretty rare in Europe too. You captured the features well in this macro with good sharpness and colours, even though the POV is not the easiest.
Great stuff!
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-09 13:42]

Hello Vinny
Nice capture with vivid colors and great details

Ciao Vinny, beautiful bug with fine details and wonderful sharpness, splendid macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

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