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Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus

Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus
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Copyright: Sky Fa (SkyF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70s, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1, polarizer
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/20 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sexy nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-22 22:38
Viewed: 3635
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pennsylvania Leather-wing

Orange beetle, with two prominent brown "eyes" on the wing covers. One of the commonest types of Soldier Beetle of which there are several hundred species. Adults feed on pollen and nectar of Goldenrod flowers. Larvae are predatory on other insects and considered useful as biological control for grasshoppers.


blakitan, wallhalla15, pablominto, TAZ, horia, Argus, jmp, RAP, batu, marhowie, Alex99, fyapici, jeanpaul, dew77 has marked this note useful
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Superb close up picture, Sky!
Nicely capturing these orange beetles. Well timed.
Very sharp, neat, and nice details.
Well composed, nice blurry BG.
Excellent action shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • ptMan Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 5 N: 14] (88)
  • [2006-08-23 0:14]

Nice capture! Beautiful colors and detail. Photo is balanced very nicely.

Hello Sky,
Such a romantic picture. Soft tone with tender action. Very well done indeed.

Hallo Sky,
tolles Makro. Tadellose Schärfe, wunderbare Farben, eine rundum gelungene Komposition. Danke Dir für dieses sehr schöne Foto.

Hello Sky,
Cute beetles..! Most likely there will be more of them to enjoy later...
Pleasant macro capture, good details and great colours...
Good point of view, action nicely framed!
Pablo -

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-23 2:35]

Hello Sky, I like your little lovers and the nice yellow composition. Yellow is my favorite color ;-)
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-23 2:46]

Hi Sky

A very beautiful shot you have here
Great details, lovely colors, excellent timing and light. The picture is also well framed and composed.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-08-23 3:17]

Hello Sky,
This is a fine, clear, well composed macro shot.
We have about a dozen species of soldier beetle in Sweden, but none as fine as these.
TFS the picture and info.
Regards, Ivan

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-23 3:55]

Hi Sky,
This pair of beetles have choose a great place to procreate! Wonderful, happy shot with excellent colors, pefects details and composition. Your summer is as our spring!
TFS, José M.

Mmmm Sky, what are those two actually doing? :) I love the sharpness of this photo and the overall composition. The yellow color of the flowers make this a really attractive photo. Maybe a slightly faster shutter speed would have given you a more frozen moment without any movement.

I really like this. Great composition. Lovely colours, and the relatively shallow DOF (even at F/18) and slight motion blur gives a strange dreamy look. That's a compliment, not a criticism.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-23 6:13]

Hi Sky
Nice catch again. Good composition. Great colours, sharpnes, details, light, DOF and POV.
Well done mf


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-23 6:28]

Excelente captura Sky con un hermoso POV y buena elección del DOF y del encuadre.
Los colores son muy agradables y a pesar del 1/20 de velocidad, el foco en muy bueno.
Oportuno y efectivo disparo.
Saludos... Ricardo

Excellent capture Sky with a beautiful POV and good election of the DOF and framing.
The colors are very pleasant and although of the 1/20 of speed, the focus in very good.
Opportune and effective shot.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-08-23 6:58]

Hallo Sky,
ein 'scharfes' Bild von den beiden. Blickwinkel und Farben gefallen mir. Bei den Weichkäfern und Böcken sind die Fühler oft so lang und in die unmöglichsten Richtungen gestreckt, dass man sie leider nicht in den Schärfebereich bekommt ... und das bei f/18!.
Danke, dass ich jetzt meine Kenntnisse über nordamerikanische Käfer wieder etwas erweitern konnte. Zu dem Thema habe ich fast keine Literatur.
Beste Grüße,

Hi Sky,
They certainly found a nice colorful spot to do there thing. The colors and detail look excellent. Composition and framing are flawless.
Very nice camera work.

Hello sky, excllent colors, Bg, POV , great details, very crisp, excllent use of DOF perfect work, TFS Kyle

Nice shot of this mating pair.
Well composed and the yellow tones are nice.

Hello Sky,
Lovely warm colors and exposure, great POV.
Well framed, with very good sharpness, details, and DOF.
And at 1/20th! Great work,
Very well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-23 10:29]

Hi Sky.
I think this 3D-picture is outstanding.
It deepness, colour palette, sharpness and details, beauty of flowers, exactness of the insects are above any praises. Bravo and my compliments,

Hello Sky.
Very interesting! Your timing is perfect. Superb capture. Conratulations.

bonjour sky
les voila decouverts,ils ne pensaient pas que vous les verriez!
jolie POSE dans tous les sens du terme.
j'ai bien aimé votre commentaire de mon ecureuil.

Hallo Sky,
ach muß Liebe schön sein - besonders auf diesem gelben "Bett". Ich hab' solche Käfer auch schon in dieser Stellung auf einer Goldrute gesehen - ganz toll!
Geniale Schärfe - ich hoffe jedoch, Du hast sie nicht gestört ;-) Haha!
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-08-23 17:41]

hehe, adult-action! *g*
was für eine tolle komposition in gelb, sky! :-)
die käfer hast du aber echt klasse erwischt - hihi - ,
total scharf (*hust*) und in voller farbe.
perfekt getimed und hervorragend in szene gesetzt.
danke & viele grüße, thorsten.

Hello Sky
Félicitation pour cette belle composition avec ce beau couple entrein de s,amuser enormément!
Les couleurs et les détails sont très bons.
Le brun des insectes ressort très bien avec le jaune des fleurs.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-26 7:35]

Hello Sky,
Lovely capture.Colors,contrast,POV,lighting,framing and composition are wonderful.

Excelente! Great macro capture of the lover couple. Colors and details very nice.

Hello Sky,

Great picture! And I presume the plant is the same Solidago canadensis that grows (and blooms) profusely at my location - a rich source of various hexapod sweet teeth...

Best regards,

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