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Metalic Wood Boring Beetle

Metalic Wood Boring Beetle
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Copyright: The dude who loves frogs (AnimalExplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1010 W: 6 N: 334] (1997)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Micro Nikkor 60mm, ISO 200
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-05 9:43
Viewed: 8288
Points: 44
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Metalic Wood-boring Beetle
Euchroma gigantea

Not only are they big, they are incredibly beautiful with their rainbow iridescence refracting from their elytra which serve as protection for their hindwings underneath. They are the largest jeweled beetle of the Americas. 5-6cm in length.

Paul Bratescu

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Hi Paul,

A nice shot of that interesting beetle. Nice diagonal composition, framing is a bit tight. TFS. Ali

Hi Paul,

Lovely picture of this beautiful beetle. The colours are amazing and the detail is very good. Nice full frame shot and a good out of focus background.
Great capture and TFS


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2010-05-05 10:11]

Hi Paul,

You did a great job with the paint!

Just kidding, it's a great close-up nice sharp and well exposed. Diagonal composition look good. It's probably not wanted, but I also like the tone in the BG that repeat from the bug. Excellent work and TFS.


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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-05-05 10:30]

Hi Paul,

Good colour. .
Good photo!

Woooow, Paul, that's an amazing insect, the colours are stunning, like oil in water ;-)
Excellent sharpness and it's realy not easy to get a sharp shot of a metallic and reflecting insect, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Paul
this is a very good picture with great sharpness and good details of this beautiful coloured beetle
great shot
greeting lou

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-05-05 10:51]

Hello Paul.

What a beautiful insect and you captured it in a perfect way.
Very sharp, i like the POV and great colors.
Very well done.

Gr. Hans

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-05-05 10:55]
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Hola Paul.
What a colorful bug You have here. Love the metalic rainbow. Beautiful pose and BG.

Going to paint my truck in that colors, so my wife won't like to ride with me anymore, I guess is the only way she wont tell me what to do when i am driving.
Saludos Amigo.

  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
  • [2010-05-05 11:02]

Ho..Wow.. Paul, what is that? Another bizarre creature! Fantastic capture dude! Well done! I used already all my smiles for the day, but you definitely have full 10/10 from me !
George Veltchev

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-05-05 12:03]

Hello Paul
Great macro.Wow colors are outstanding.Very sharp image with great detail.
TFS Michel

this beetle has awesome colours nice shot, good detail

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-05 12:46]

Hello Paul,
You made full use of the beauty of this colourful large Buprestid beetle. The POV, sharpness, plain BG, DOF and colour saturation are all of high quality and combine to give this image the professional touch.
Great to view!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-05 12:51]

An excellent macro shot of this colorful beauty with great sharpness and splendid light.TFS.

Hello Paul,
Very impressive insect ... so as it looks? ... not saturate colors?.
In addition, the POV is great and the quality of the details, textures, all first class! congratulations! good job! TFS, Regards, Jesús

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-05-05 19:56]

Incredible image Paul,
Love everything about it from exposure to detail and color this is a top notch photo. Awesome work!!

amazing capture, TFS Ori

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-05-06 0:06]

magnificent macro
with incredible definition ...
original work of high quality
Greetings Paul.

Hi Paul,
this is fantastic, never seen such beautiful beetle before.
I think this is one of the best close-up pictures on TN.
Everything is right here.
Perfect exposure with great colours, great sharpness and DOF.
Well composed with a fine POV.
Yes, I can find one nit, it's not mine. :-)
Great work, mf.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-06 5:50]

Exciting find, great colors of this beetle, well captured. tfs.

Hi Paul,
Never have I seen a beetle with such fascinating colours.You have a pinsharp image and correct exposure resulting in a striking overall image.Nice diagonal perspective and a good choice of frame.

Ciao Paul, wonderful bug with fantastic metallic colors, superb macro with fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2010-06-03 4:31]

Wonderful insect a great shot. Congratulations.

Hallo Paul

What a wonderfull macro of this coloured

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