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Golden-Bloomed Longhorn Beetle

Golden-Bloomed Longhorn Beetle
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-07
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-05 12:30
Viewed: 3997
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken me a while to identiefy this longhorn Beetle Its Agapanthia villosoviridescens the (Golden-Bloomed Grey Longhorn) , not that I have managed to find out much more about it,Size is about 1ins. 25mm in body length, and it would appear to eat flowers and foilage as an adult and the larvae feed inside the stems of thistle and Hogweed, and not the usual food of other longhorn species which make them generally a major pest of the forestry industry because the larve bore tunnels under the bark of large trees spoiling the timber and in enough numbers killing the tree.
This one here is seen on a flower or Rosa cannina (Dog Rose) one of those lovely hedge row truely native shrubs in winter you can recognise them by the masses of large red hips that birds and mice love, and you could turn into RoseHip syrup or even better (IMO) Rose Hip wine.
Taken on one of those days 2years ago when every picture was a winner and I saw load of insects and butterflies I had not seen before. All this at a small field pond I have known since I was very much younger. and it still keeps coming up with surprises.
Crop image, though this is nearly full frame
Shadows and highlights to lighten the shadow on the right and darken the centre of the flower.
Sharpen with USM
Use save as to reduce file size and save Exif data
post to site and hope you like.

peter_stoeckl, gerhardt, liquidsunshine, marhowie, livios, hansh has marked this note useful
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Hello Robert,
a telling picture of a delightful early summer scene with an impressive longhorn sitting on a wild rose blossom, obviously enjoying the view.
Full with details, and very well focused on the main parts: the antennae of the beetle as well as the centre of the blossom. Feels good to look at on a grey cold winter day. Thank you! Best regards,

Hi Robert,
this is a wonderful sharp shot.
So many details are to see - I love the antennas so much. The flower is beautiful - so delicate. Excellent work, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Nice long horns. I really like the way that you captured the centre of the flower as well as the beetle. Great job. TFS

This is very beautifull Robert. I find myself loking at the flower and then the longhorn. The DOF is amazing. Lovely longhorn too. Never seen it before. Great shot, well done.

Great capture Rob,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure. Those antennae are incredible.
Thanks for posting. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Very nice Robert. Perfect exposure with very good sharpness, detail, DOF, color and POV.
Very well composed - Very well done.
Thank You!

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-06 9:48]

Robert, I guess sharpness is what I like the most here.

Besides, great pov and composition - in accordance with the rule of thirds.

A very beautiful flower, not to mention the great dof that allows us to see the bug's antenna.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-01-06 9:53]

You did a great job here, first to see this insect and after that making such a beautiful picture of it. Excellent sharp, nice colors and a very good POV. Thanks.

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