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Megacephala euphratica

Megacephala euphratica
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-11
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-28 1:09
Viewed: 5457
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Megacephala euphratica Dejean in Latreille & Dejean 1822

Megacephala euphratica is a beetle in the family Carabidae, subfamily Cicindelinae (Tiger Beetles).

It is a robust and big Tiger Beetle (18-22,5 mm) with a characteristic big head (Megacephala = bigheaded from Greek megalo = big and cefali = head). It has metallic green head, thorax and elytra. The hind part of the elytra, the legs and the antennae are yellow.

Adults are found in spring (sometimes in February) and summer. They are night predators feeding on small insects, worms and snails. The larva lives in a deep vertical burrow and also feeds on small insects.

It is a widespread species throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It is found in South Spain, Cyprus, Crete, Rhodos, North Africa, Near East, South Turkey, Iran to Pakistan, Caspian Sea, Caucasus and Black Sea.

In Cyprus it is a locally common species found at saline localities especially around Akrotiri and Larnaka Salt Lakes

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Hi Christ,
Beautiful presentation.Excellent POV and very sharp image.Great details and lovely colors and light.

excellent macro. good clarity. a wonderful insect. tfs.

Bonjour Christodoulos
Belle présentation de cet insecte avec de jolies couleurs.
Bon dimanche

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2011-08-28 2:41]

Hello Christodoulos,
a marvellous picture of the specimen. In spite of the strong light, exposure is well managed so that all parts of the beetle are attractively presented, neither under- nor over-exposed. Also sharpness and depth of field are excellent.
Best wishes, Peter

hello Christodoulos
Super good post for TN not so many on seen
great details and beautiful colours
I like this shot
greeting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-08-28 3:02]

Hello Christodoulos,
what a splendid view of this insect. the metallic green really captivate the eyes, in its best shine. The details are well recorded giving a well features shot.


Ciao Christodoulos. Another great capture. Impressive brilliant colours and focus. Excellente lòight.


Hello Christodoulos,
Very interesting insect and you have captured so well, very good details sharpness, excellent exposure, great point of view and beautiful contrasting against the sand,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-28 5:32]

Hello Christodoulos,
Excellent photo of this beetle in very beautiful metallic colours. Taken from a nice POV in great sharpness.

amazing jewel beetle, TFS Ori

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-28 5:52]

hello Christodoulos,
beautiful image of this wonderful and interesting Carabidae! excellent light, sharpness and detail.
Really well done!!
Thanks for sharing

Hallo Cristodoulos,
a fantastic macro shot, incredible details and marvellous colours, point of view, depth of field and composition are excellent
Best regards

Hello Christodoulos,
Nice an interestong specis, what a gren armor have this bug!... Well selected POV, a light a bit over, but I think this bug is place just in down the sun!... Well done!

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely bug with fantastic metallic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Chris, Fabulous capture of this beautiful little Beetle, awesome array of psychedelic colours hmmm, splendid sharpness with good depth, you must have been very close to this little Bug to fill the frame, awesome POV a little leopard crawling perhaps? hehe, superb lighting control, excellent and interesting picture Chris and well done,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-28 10:12]

Hello Christodoulos,
This is a brilliant capture of this beautiful Tiger Beetle captured in good light. Excellent sharpness and very well composed.Best regards Siggi

Hello Christodoulos,

what an suburp macro taken by you.
Razor sharpness and good pov.
Fine colors.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-28 10:53]

Hi Christ,
Very nice the metallic natural colours.Excellent sharpness details.
Very nice image.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Christodoulos,
Exceptional clarity and perfect focus. Outstanding capture of a wonderful colored insect.
Great composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-28 12:10]

This is the perfect beetle to show us all your photographic class! A fantastic masterwork,what a macro and what a impressive capture of this metallic green,great sharpness,details and pov...another top class work my friend!!Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-28 15:17]

Hello Chris!
An outstanding macro with so marvelous colors and excellent sharpness!Great balance of lightness! Well done! TFS
Nice week!
PS:thanks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

Hello Christodoulos,
fine capture of this little bug with good focussing and lovely green metallic colours. Well done, I like it.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-29 0:57]

Very beautiful beetle with fine green color, well captured with good composition. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,
Another fantastic capture from you taken from a very good low POV with eye contact. Beautiful natural colours, outstanding sharpness and details. Well done!

Hello Christodoulos

very interseting insect :) saharpness,colour and light very good...TFS...regards...


Hello Christodoulos,
fascinating presentation of this shiningly iridescent jewel from the family of Tiger Beetles passing our path in the bright sunshine of earyl spring. I suppose that species is just as wary, volatile and quickly moving as most other members of its family. So it is even more impressing to see that closely well approached and well detailed capture.
I also like your brief and very well informing notes as here that are making your portfolio an excellent naturalistic documentation of the fauna of Cyprus. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-29 6:51]

Hello Christodoulos,
A very interesting species which reminds me of our Cicindelas, but with a more striking carapace. Not easy to catch these fast runners!
As usual excellent sharpness and light-management.
Thanks for this posting of a creature very rarely shown on TN
Kind regards

An amazing insect with beautiful metalic colours. Excellent photo in a natural background. regards yiannis

I missed out this brilliant capture of a colourful Beetle, Chris.
The focus is spot-on and the details and metallic colours on the insect are fabulous. The sandy BG gives a natural outlook to the scene.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Chris,
Wow great Macro! Really excellant focus, really sharp. I love the colors on this beetle. Well done, another keeper for you. I find it's never easy to take an image on the ground and make it look good.

Hallo Christodoulos
Absolute delightful. Such a splendour of colours and pretty features. Indeed a feast to the eye. Gives me much pleasure looking at this pretty insect with its bright and warm colours. Photography is great as usual. Thanks for sharing this beauty that reminds me so much about summer at its hottest, which we are awaiting here in Empangeni. Best regards.

wonderful subject, very good presented, congrats for the picture Chris, lovely colors and details,

have a good time,

ciao, tino

Soberbio acercamiento Chris !!
Gran belleza en los colores y una luz estupenda:
dominás todas las especialidades en fotografía.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Chris, Beautiful shot of this beetle. Good sharpness and detail.
Have a great day, Bill

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2011-09-01 10:21]

Hi Christodoulos,

I add my praise. The buggers are really fast, so you must have been faster still to catch it , in focus and all. Excellent!

My best regards

Hello Christodoulos

WOW ! great macro of this insect, with fine POV,
great DOF, excellent light, superb focus,
sharpness and details, TFS


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