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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world, Insects' World, Insects (Insecta), Ground beetles (Carabidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-23 8:37
Viewed: 6319
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today I would like to present you a creature which - I hope - will intrigue you a little :>

This is a ground beetle - Chlaenius (Chlaenites) spoliatus spoliatus (Rossi) (Coleoptera: Carabidae). As many other ground (or if you like - carabid) beetles also this one is a predator. But here on this photo it is much more a scavenger than a hunter. Why? Well, the specimen from this picture was running on sandy area when I started to observe it. I though that it is hunting (as usually this species does) but suddenly it found a dead fly and started to eat this not mobile food! Well, it is really nothing special in ground beetles because even if the species is known as hunter and predator, it is also known that many predators sometimes are oportunistic scavengers. It is known in lions, tigers, so why not in ground beetles? :>

And here you have a fee additional basic facts about this green beetle:

Size: 14-17 mm, males (here is one) are smaller that females. It is one of the biggest Chalenius species in Europe.

Distribution: Palaearctic species reaching Japan, more frequently occurring in South part of this region.

Habitat: on the ground surface from lowlands to hills on unshaded, overgrown margins of waters and swamps (this specimen was found on sandy beach in Durusu Golu lagoon).

Activity: during vegetation season, very often only during night.

As always thank you in advance for your time and comments! :>

jmp, XOTAELE, nglen, eqshannon, Silvio2006, MMM, meyerd, uleko, Argus, cataclysta, fartash, SelenE, haraprasan, marhowie, PaulH, red45, jcoowanitwong, Oz1, undoredo, rousettus has marked this note useful
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Hola Radomir.
Una interesante imagen con muy buenos colores y excepcional nitidez.
Buena nota, un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-23 8:44]

Hi Radomir. This is an excellent shot of this colourful beetle. you have captured it with sharp focusing giving fine detail and bright colours. a good shot to get with the fly . a nice POV. against the background. well done TFS . with very interesting notes too. thanks.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-23 8:54]

Hallo Radomir,
I always like to see new Carabidae pictures of your collection, including, of course, Cicindelinae.
You show here an excellent picture of the species with respect to focus, depth of field, sharpness and colours.
Best wishes, Peter
... and next one, please!

Excellent close up Radomir. Good composition and contrast. Very interesting shark skin colors...Nice capture in time of the insect.

Belle scène de la vie animale bien mise en évidence par un cadrage adéquat.
Bonne journée.

Hi Radomir, splendid action macro with great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-23 9:58]

Hi Radomir
Very nice capture and composition.Sharp image and great details .Colors are also very good.
TFS Michel

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-09-23 10:23]

Bonjour Radomir
Très belle prise, excellente gestion de l'exposition, netteté et couleurs magnifiques.
Amicalement Robi

Hello Radomir,

thanks for your welcoming-back remarks on my pic! As before my departure you treat us with great and unusual shots and interesting texts! This Carabid beetle shot is no exception. You seem to have kept the beetle in a dish, small carabids with their speed and nervosity are a headache for photographers. Well done my friend.
My best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-23 11:26]

Hello Radomir,
Very fine capture of this beautiful Ground Beetle in lovely metallic green colour. I like the sideways POV and details are very sharp. Looks good on the sandy background.
We've seen very few beetles here this summer, I think the rain flushed them all away!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-23 11:32]

Hello Radomir,
Beautiful macro of a beautiful Ground beetle in action. Technically superb with excellent use of flash and set in a pleasing composition giving us the perfect POV.
Nice to view!
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes to you in Lodz, Ivan

Hello Dear Radomir
What a wonderful hunting scene,
Great lighting,composition and BG,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

I see that we witness some dramatic scenery :) This is a good action shot with excellent details and exposure. This ground beetle is a beauty! I like this brilliance on both insect. Well done and TFS,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-23 23:39]

Hi Radomir,
Very nice close-up with good details, focus, sharpness, pose and colors. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-24 2:17]

Hi Radomir,
Wonderful action shot with sharp details and fantastic colours. The grainy BG looks superb and you have made good use of flash lighting. The Ground Beetle looks very attractively coloured. Excellent POV and a very informative note. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Czesc Radziu
No to jest niezly "wredniak" Tak trupy zjadac ochyda! Strzeliles piekna ostra fotke z idealna glebia ostrosci. Wszystko to w naturalnym otoczeniu. Bardzo mi sie podoba

Hi Radomir,
Very nice beetle with prey capture, not often do you see this here..
Excellent DOF, color, details, POV, and use of flash to fill. And yes, I'm intrigued ;)
Very well done.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-24 3:40]

Wow Radomir, what a great shot. The level of detail is really very impressive. Love the colour of that emerald green on the Ground Beetles' back too, and the exposure is very good indeed. well done, great work my friend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2007-09-24 4:45]
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Czesc Radek!

O, widze, ze kolejny z twoich ulubiencow dorwal tym razem 'muche na dziko' ;-) Pieknie sie blyszczy, bardzo ostry, zielony kolor wyglada super. Naprawde trudny obiekt pieknie uchwycony.

ps. powodzenia na egzaminie :-)
pps. daj znac kiedy bedziesz mial troszke czasu, moze w koncu uda sie spotkac - piwo+collins ;-)

Hi Radomir,
Interesting scene. The image is pin sharp and well exposed. I like the color clarity and the way you composed this image. Very well done and tfs.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-09-24 7:31]

Radomir, this is amazing shot of the survival of the fittest. You have captured the moment very well. ganesh

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-24 14:04]

Hola amigo,
gran macro,
preciso foco,
detalles y color muy buenos,

Magnifique prise représantant bien la nature dans sa plus grande vérité, les couleurs sont excellentes et les détails aussi.

Hi Radomir,
A nice capture of this hunter who due to scarcity of live feed acting as scavenger. Beautiful colors, details and composition with a very nice POV and well managed DOF. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-09-26 13:31]

Hi Radomir,
Excellent colours, razor sharpness, great details and a absolutely informative note. I like this predator!
TFS, José M.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-14 15:47]

Hello Radomir

This is an impressive macro shot.The lighting and colours are outstanding.The focus is tack sharp with wonderful sharp details.The composition is well done and your POV and DOF is excellent.You have brought us into the realm of this ground beetle with this artwork.TFS


Hola Radomir,
Extraordinaria toma, el momento muy oportuno, gran definicion, con luz y color fantásticos, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2007-10-25 5:17]

Hello Radomir,
Beautifull capture of this Chlaenius. from my experience these are very fast and hard to photograph. In all aspects I think it is a great photo. Very sharp and natural in colors.
A real pleasure to llok at..
With warm regards

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-12-02 15:02]

Hello Radomir,
Great picture of this carabid beetle.
Great color, lighting, background and sharpness.


Hello Radomir,
Personally, I love these species, GROUND HUNTER, very much.
You've captued very nice moment of the scene, with wonderful POV & composition.
Also, excellent details and perfect focusing here.
This is really great presentations. :-)
TFS and best wishes,

hello Radomir,
recently I saw only several posts from you. I think you are busy nowadays.
This is great macro shot of the beetle and fly. You present this capture greatly. POV, details, sharpness, composition excellent. good notes. thanks for sharing
PS: Is its district name Canakca? I have not hear it. Çatalca (Catalca) western part of İstanbul.
best wishes

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-29 16:12]

this one is great too, beautiful color of this Carabid beetle, great timing and nice moment captured!
great clarity and details

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