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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 180 Macro Ex H
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-29 3:38
Viewed: 5263
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last sunday (it was a cloudy and windy day again), I found this beetle in our garden.I have some other shots with better BG,but this one is the sharpest.I hope,I wrote the correct ID and you’ll like it.

Scarab Beetle - Parastasia brevipes
Photos can be seen at http://bugguide.net/node/view/8643
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Superclass Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Subclass Pterygota
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
The scarab is a type of beetle noted for rolling dung into spherical balls and pushing it, as well as its habit of laying its eggs in animal dung. Because most of the scarab species work with dung they are commonly referred to as dung beetles.
The dung beetles are classified as family Scarabaeidae, which includes over 20,000 species in numerous genera, including the African genus Goliathus, the largest and heaviest of the beetles. Dung beetles live in many different habitats, including desert, farmland, forest, and grasslands. They do not like extremely cold or dry weather. They occur on all continents except Antarctica.
The majority of the dung beetle diet is dung. They will eat dung from a variety of animals as long as the animal is herbivorous. Dung beetles also feed on mushrooms, leaves, and decaying matter. Dung beetles do not need to eat anything else because the dung provides all the nutrients; they don't even need to drink water.
The dung beetle body consists of head, abdomen, and thorax. They have legs, located on the thorax, that are specialized for shoveling dung and rolling it along.
The dung beetle has complete metamorphosis. The female will lay an egg in a dung ball which will then be buried to protect it from erosion and predators. During the larval stage the dung beetle will feed on the dung surrounding it.

Nikon D70
2005/03/27 14:40:24.9
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 185mm F/3.5 D
Focal Length: 185mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/250 sec - F/7.1
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 400
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Noise Reduction: OFF

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To hummingbird24: Scarab in the gardendew77 1 03-31 01:40
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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-03-29 3:46]

Fantastic macro! Very sharp details... gorgeous colors. Great composition with the diagonal presentation. Wonderful capture. Very informative notes as well. Thank you.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-29 3:50]

Jolie macro pour ce splendide insecte poilu ! Belles couleurs, mais PdC un peu courte pour les pattes arrières...
Well done !

Nice shot but it would need a bit more details.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-29 4:02]

Excellent picture and note Sebnem! This scarab looks great, very sharp with perfect details. BG isn't best but overall very good post!

Very,very sharp macro!
Details,DOF... everything except BG are wonderful.

Guzelik ! Cool bug, the color makes him a winner !

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-29 5:13]

What a wonderful bug! I haven't seen it before. Very nice colors and details. Great note aswell. TFS!

It is an fantastic macro shot Sebnem,
Very profesional composition, very good heary details, this is an unusal beetle for me, I have never seen this one, very good pov and a nice dov, and a complete note, very good job.
gr. Jaap

Nice top-shot Sebnem. I like the color and the furry side hairs give it some character! Excellent write-up, Thanx!

Amazing detail, this is a really sharp shot Sebnem, the colours are amazing.
Well done and TFS

Excelent photo!This is perfect!Congratulations!!!1

Hi Sebnem!
You made great macro. I love this insect... looks like something big and scary ;-)

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-03-29 11:01]

A nice shot.
Good sharpness on the head of the subject.
Good colours too.
I especially like the fur aspect.
Good note too, very complete.
Good job you did, thanks.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-29 11:15]

Sebnem, to me, unusual insect. Very nice colors, great contrast and composition.

You did great.

Beautiful Sebnem,
Very cute and fluffy. Excellent clear sharp details, good composition and fantastic colours. Very well done on this shot.
Thanks for posting

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-03-29 12:17]

Very good picture indeed ! The sharpness is amazing and the warm colours make for a excellent photo.
Well done.

Very good macro Sebnem.
Beautiful beetle, never seen this before.
Great sharpness, very good colours and compsition.
Very well done.

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-03-29 14:00]

What a lovely sharp picture... I love the colors a lot... TFS...Ina...

Very impressive macro Sebnem, the detail and texture revealed on its back is stunning. Very well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-29 15:05]
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Hi Sebnem, this is a very nice detailed shot. Nice composition and excellent focus. I'm wondering about the ID, it's definately of the Scarab family but the page you give is for N. American bugs. I can't give you an alternative ID though.

Well done.

Its a nice shot. Exceptional color and details. Very well done.

We have a similar one here. We call 'em peanut bugs. They are reported to taste like peanuts. Wouldn't know though.. :) Not all Scarabs are dung beetles. I think this one is not one.

Amazing insect, this. Wonderful detail and color. I am very sure that I would not like to find one in my garden, but well done. TFS

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-30 20:31]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks Sebnem.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-03-31 4:51]

Great shot Sebnem. I loved the colors. Very good DoF and perfect sharpness.
Very well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-04-04 16:29]

Hi Sebnem
A beautiful beetle, the ones with the hair normally carry "lice" or such parasites. Great colour, good diagonal. ry f26 or smaller, to get all the feet sharp as well

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2005-04-05 9:05]

Great shot! Extraordinary sharpness. I never saw a hairy beetle. TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-04-18 8:26]

Harika bir böcek ve harika bir fotograf,tebrikler.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-05-06 10:55]

çok güzel bir böcek; ben bu fotografınızı daha öncede gördüm sanki.
sanırım diger sitelerde..

good colors; sharpnen and photo..

What a post!!! how did I miss this one.?
Excelent view, beautiful composition.
Excelent details.



Great capture, Excellent detail, colours, sharpness and composition. Good BG and great POV. Thanks for posting, Have a good weekend.



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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-07-29 22:04]

Nitidez muito boa...!!! Cores ótimas. Ângulo ótimo.
Muito boa foto, boa macro!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-12 14:46]

Wow i miss this great photo Sebnem! very nice macro, colours & light are great, sharpness + pov are perfect very well composed,

Thanks for posting & have a nice week-end,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-08-12 18:28]

Hi Sebnem! Excellent macro. You are right with the family but this is not a dung beetle, it's a member of subfamily Melolonthinae and those species do not eat dung but plants. Larvae are feeding on roots and the imagines on leafs. Sometimes they are serious pests in gardens. This one is something related to genus Rhizotrogus, but I do not know what species exactly is that. I like the colours, light and very nice contrast :-)

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-11-26 19:18]

Hi Sebnem.
Wowww is a great macroooo, beatiful colors ans details...is a nice and great photo...congratulations.

Bonjour Sebnem
Félicitation pour cette très jolie prise de vue . C'est vraiment un bel insecte et les couleurs sont justes.
Félicitations pour la netteté et les détails.

Merci pour l'envoie et Bravo....JP

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  • limule (27)
  • [2006-06-09 15:40]

beautiful shot; Just for info, it is a scarabidae, but it is not a dung beetle. This one belong to a subfamily that is eating flowers. In france we call it Hanneton de la St jean, because it appears around June 21, not every year actually. In the past, kids were used to capture 4 of them and to attach each of them at the corner of a match box. Each of them will of course choose a different direction to fly of walk

Hi Sebnem,
It is interesting to see the way you capture the textures in this little guy!
Very good hairy details, very pleasant composition...
Fine colours in this most convincing marco work!
Pablo -

Hi friend!
Very nice way of framing the subjects, resulting in this fine dynamic composition!
Macro work is well done, with great details and fine colours...
You make very well use of lighting here! Take care Ana:)

Hi Sebnem,
Fatastic picture of Scarab Beetle. Sharp with vivid color and clarity. Texture and details are clearly seen. A piece of fine work.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-05 8:56]

Hi Sebnem.
You at TN became hardly less. It is very appreciable.

I like the crisp sharpness and vibrant colours of this charming bug as well as perfect reproduction of the ground. Nice POV and wonderful diagonal structure of the shot. DOF is shallow a bit. We are waiting for you. TFS and best wishes.

Hello Sebnem!
Here we have a weekedn and as I promissed it is time to comment some of your photos! ;)
I like this member of family Scarabaeidae because of some reasons:
1.this is really very good picture, with great colours, nice DOF and POV.

2.note is very informative

3.the specimen is shown in the natural habitat (really this species lives - as a larva in the ground where larvae eat on plants).

4.it presents rarely photographed group of Scarabaeidae - subfamily Sericinae :)
TFS and best regards,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-03 13:09]

selam sebnem
guzel ve canli renkleri olan bu bocege harika bir yakin cekim calismasi yapmissin. bakis acisi, netligi, detaylari basarili bir calisma olmus
eline saglik

Merhaba Sebnem a beautifull looking beetle very sharp detail and good POV lovely colours, iyi aksamlar selamlar Necip.

Ciao Sebnem, fantastic macro with amazing details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wow Sebnem,
first I thought I was looking at a June-bug... but this one has a Santa Claus beard! More like BarbaRossa actually. Very nice macro. Thanx for showing! Jay

There is NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING like coming to your site and enjoying the GREAT show you put out to the TN world.
Your notes are clean; done with "meticulas" care.
Your Canadian TN friend,

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  • dkeith (0)
  • [2010-07-10 11:59]

a very nice shot!

just to complete: it is surely Miltotrogus escherichi, a member of the Rhizotrogini (Melolonthinae)

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