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Padlock Bug

Padlock Bug
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-04 6:44
Viewed: 8363
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Padlock Bug or Little Bull Bug (Diloboderus abderus)

Black color or dark chestnut.
The overall length of the males oscillates between 21 and 22.5 mm and the one belonging to the females
catches up with 25 mm.
The head in the male, form the base of a great cephalic horn that leaves, bulk in your base tuning toward the extreme.

This horn is retract to the back. The female lacks this cephalic horn.
The male's pronotum shows the sinuous borders and a broad nodule finished off in two lobes rises forward at the heartland.
The depression of this nodule is occupied for an abundant pilosity of short and yellow hairs.
The female's pronotum is made round with the simple borders and lacks nodule.
Wing cases are broadder than lengths, with little visible stretch marks.

Its find in the majority of the departments of the country, however your place of dispersion is not known with precision.
The first adults appear in January and they can meet to intentions of March.
The bigger frequency is at the end of the month of January, agreeing with the connecting and the spawning.
To the 15 days of the setting, emerge larvae.
The larvae change to one second stadium between 30 and 35 days and these can stay in this stadium to
intentions of August.

The larvae of the third and last stadium can observe themselves as from the latter even mediated days of
April of November.
The status pupal ranges from October's intentions around the middle of December.
This status lasts for an average of 22 days and the adults to emerge from mid November, they remain buried in the camera pupa to your exit to the surface as from the first days of January.

The adults in general do not feed themselves, larvae, on the contrary, are very voracious and they are
always occult at galleries to as many as 20 in-depth cm. The acquaintances are like "caterpillar" or "white worms".

Damages: Diloboderus abderus is an insect considered plague, due to the damages that the larvae at natural
grasslands and various cultivations provoke.
That way the "caterpillar" attacks at her country: Natural fields, lawn, cereals, vegetables, alfalfa, corn, sorghum, potato, wheat, sunflower, barley, rye, beet, conventional grasslands, sugar cane, leguminous, graminaceous, oat, underbrush.

References: http://www.serpentario.edu.uy/szu/fichas/7.htm
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Good Morning Ricardo,
Wonderful job with this! Excellent sharpness, detail, DOF, color, exposure, and framing..Perhaps the best possible POV to show the unique structure of this interesting insect very well. Excellent notes,
Very well done.

Hi Ricardo,
What a strange insect... You caught great details we can see all its hair... It is a very good macro. I love this POV and lightning, very well done and interesting notes about it. TFS,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-04 7:19]

Wooow ! What a strange and impressive insect, I like this guy. The good sharpness gives great details. Perhaps the background is bit busy and distracting but I known that in nature we can't choose the place ;-) Great note too...
Bravo Ricardo and thanks for sharing with us.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-04 7:22]

Hello Ricardo,
Excellent capture of this interesting bug.I liked POV,clear details,sharpness,framing and composition a lot.

Hello Richardo, excllent colors, bg, POv DOf perefc details, very crisp, excllent work, TFs Kyle

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-04 7:46]
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Hola Ricardo,
He buscado en la web Diloboderus abderus y me he quedado atónito al comprobar el origen de este portentoso animal: ¡antes era un gusano blanco! Un animal imponente muy bien presentado desde un punto de vista que magnifica su aspecto fuerte y fiero. Precioso color negro y una nitidez extrema. ¡Qué maravilla de transformación!
Un saludo,
José M.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-04 7:51]

What a spectacular animal, Ricardo!
We have a similar species in Romania, but a lot smaller :) Yours is definately better.
Great POV, nice sharp details, lovely colors, very suitable light, good DOF and BG. All-in-all a very well done job!

Bravo and TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-08-04 8:49]
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Hi Ricardo,
What a design!!! It must be hard for him to carry such a heavy looking giant head :o) Excellent details and sharpness. TFS

Hi Ricardo,
WOW! this is a very unique looking insect. Great macro shot. You have chosen a great POV to accent his features. Colors and detail look excellent.

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  • limier Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
  • [2006-08-04 10:20]

Hi Ricardo
Beautiful shot of this strange and unknown Bag.
I like the black color on these green BG

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-04 10:36]

Hello Ricardo, amazing macro-shot!! this bug is stunning!! I like your POV, sharpness and colors are perfect. Best regards, Didier.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-04 11:04]

Hi Ricardo,
A fearsome looking beast, a great shot that makes him look larger than life. Excellent exposure and amazing detail, it's interesting to see something like this closer than we ever really could with our own eyes. A great note too, excellent post.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-04 13:08]

Hi Ricardo,
excellent colours and sharpness, very nice macro. I like the composition also. Good quality of photo and interesting note.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-08-04 17:03]
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hi Ricardo
lucky day for you this is interesting bug. we called "nose of calf" in Turkish. blured BG, POV, details, sharpness, frame and note are great.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-04 17:05]

Great POV for this bug. This is avery in your face attitude, Amazing details and colours

Hi Ricardo,
Impressive picture. The horn of this bug is so promient. Sharp and clearly seen image. POV and composition are great.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-04 22:48]

Hello Ricardo,
this looks incredible. Excellent DOF and a very nice POV. The sharpness and the details are amazing. Great composition.

wauw what a shot,
a fantastic composition, the details are super, the pov is very good, realy a quality job Ricardo,
gr. jaap

Good morning Ricardo,
Just time for a very quick visit. Very busy day.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.
Have a great weekend.

Hi Ricardo,
This is a scary picture - monster!
Excellent sharp and details.
Very well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-05 10:57]

Hello Ricardo.
It is more tremendous. Great close-up. Excellent POV and detail of the bug. Impressive colourful and well blurred BG. Superb done.

Excellent shot Ricardo, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast. Great colours and composition too. Very well done, thanks for sharing.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-08-05 17:25]

what a cool rhino-bug, ricardo! :-)
excellent composition and position of him sitting on the leaf
overlooking the area, perfectly sharp with amazing details like
the golden hair.
wonderful job & take care, thorsten.

Hi Ricardo,
Superb close up shot of this bug. Very sharp and clear, with superb details. Nicely composed. Have a nice weekend and don't work too hard...

Ben Lakitan

Splendid capture Ricardo!
A very nice POV, great details, wonderful composition!
Very cool looking insect !

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-08-06 9:07]

Hi Ricardo,
Beautifull Torito shot!
very sharp details and very good colors!
lovely POV!
keep going and TFS!!

hola Ricardo,
Un verdadero buen retrato para este torito; el ángulo creo que es uno de los mejores para mostrar rasgos de este insecto. los detalles y nitidez de la imágen son muy, muy buenos.
Excelentísima nota.

PD: Leí tu correo, en unos días te escribo

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-08-07 1:12]

Wow Ricardo, this is a great up-close shot of the Little Bull Bug. All those hairs show up so well. Very good details and colours. Well done,

Hola, Ricardo!
What a rhyno. Excellent subject captured in all its greatness, nevermind his size compared to humans.

Hi Ricardo !
Wow, what an impressive bug ! This horn looks huge ! Ant the photo is really excellent, with amzing detailson the insect. Excellent colors, composition and POV, very good DOF and BG. Very well done !

And I thought we had impressive "dung beetles". WOW! this one looks awesome. You did very well in exposing this critter. They are very difficult to get this good. Nice details in the blacks without overexposing the brighter areas. Very well done, Ricardo.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-09 8:29]

Great close-up shot Ricardo
Great colours, light, sharpnes, details, DOF and POV. Also good note.
Well done my friend


Hello Ricardo,
very impressing close-up of a beetle that stands here like a monument! Reading your notes it comes as a surprise the beetle is no larger than about one inch in total length, it looks at least three times that size.
Outstandingly clear details all over the bulky beetle. Dark parts appear slightly too dark, at least on my monitor. They may reveal more details by some moderate lighting up.
Thank you! Best regards,

O my god - what a monster.
Wow, Ricardo, it must be so amazing to see such a bug so close. Thanks for sharing this impressive shot with us, wonderful
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2006-08-12 10:19]

Fantastico dettaglio per uno degli insetti dalla forma più ... famosa!
Ciao Paolo

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-08-12 17:09]

Ricardo, mais uma fantástica captura.

Gosto da saturação e do contraste. Como sempre, excelente nitidez.

Mais um belo trabalho.

Este es una mala bestia!
Impresionante sujeto que te dio la oportunidad de sacar esta foto con tanta fuerza.
El detalle de la textura negra esta muy conseguido.
Me recuerda a la pelicula "ants" :)
Un saludo.

Yikes, that's one scary looking bug! My wife would run a mile!!
Great photo, though, loads of detail and good use of the flash.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-08-17 16:40]

Hello Ricardo. Perfect shot. Sharpness is great, very detailed. I like it very much. Very well done and thanks.
Gr. Hans

Really some monster bug you captured here Ricardo. Excellent sharpness with so many details in this creature. Look at that horn he has - even a rhino would be green all over. Just imagine him in the size of a rhino. - Great capture.


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-09-04 17:18]
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Hi Ricardo, great capture. I have never seen one of these before, looks abit like a minature dinosaur. Excelent details and good exposure. Good work and TFS.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-09-26 15:23]
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Otro fantastico primer plano de este insecto. Me gusta mucho el grado de detalle, todo perfectamente enfocado. La vista lateral resalta a plenunitud las caracteristicas fisicas de los cuernos. 10 puntos!

Great detail here. Excellent use of fill-flash. I like the composition and the OOF BG.
I appreciate the great notes. I'd sure hate to have this thing crawl into my sleeping bag!

While browsing around your portfolio, I was particularly fascinated by this unique looking bug, Ricardo.
I must say that it is a very different looking creature I have seen for the first time. Your image presents the bug in great detail and your note gives a deep insight into the charateristics of this species.

hi rap,
I had reponse to your request on dragonfly.

see you again

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-16 20:40]

Hello Ricardo,
Very good shot of this big beetle. Perfect DOF and exposure with such an uneasy subject.
Best greetings,

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-10-28 15:02]

Hi Ricaro!
Very good - sharp and vivid - snatch of this small monster. Informative note.

Hi Ricardo such an amazing shot excellent subject taken in very good light with sharp contrast which adds to the menacing look of your subject! great write up too! rgds Necip.

Hi Ricardo,
Great close up shot of this bug.
Clear details and sharpness.
Perfect colors
Nice job.

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