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Leiopus nebulosus

Leiopus nebulosus
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-03 8:46
Viewed: 2988
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser known backyard creatures:

I present the 12 mm long Sapwood longhorn beetle (Coleoptera; Cerambycidae: Leiopus nebulosus and not Oplosia fennica as stated originally; Graubrauner Splintbock, Léiope nébuleux ). I dedicate it to Radomir (cicindela), who knows so well how to take pictures of dark beetles.

The animal hatched today from a chimney log, a branch that had been cut in the backyard from a Carpinus betulus tree. You may find some Longhorn beetles in your house quite often when logs are stored inside, but not this particular species. The larva of the Splinth longhorn beetle develops inside branches, not trunks, of various deciduous trees (beech, apple, oak...), this might explain why it is rarely spotted. The beetle seems to be distributed widely in the Palaearctic region. You find distribution maps of European taxa on www.faunaeur.org.

Marcello ("marcellr") determined the species correctly for me, thanks Marcello.

The picture was taken with a macro, a monopod, dual macro flash with dispersers, no sunlight but a pocket diode white light source, 200 ASA 1/125 and f 16, in RAW format. I treated the pic in PS to crop, sharpen and lighten.

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nice macro of the insect. a little more DOF to keep the antenna in focus. colors are a bit harsh from the flash. a bit more contrast might be nice

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-03 10:06]

selam Dietrich, nice macro capture of this insect,good pov and sharpness with nice BG,TFS
All the best

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-04 5:43]

Hallo Dieter,
Da das erste Bild des Lindenbockkäfers verschwunden ist, komm ich ihn nochmal begrüssen. Eigentlich gefällt mir dieses Bild auch besser, die seitliche Perspektive erlaubt das Insekt besser räumlich aufzunehemen.
Wir warten natürlich auf die nächste Entdeckung in Deinem Garten!
Einen schönen Tag und liebe Grüsse

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-04 18:47]

Impressive macro, Dietrich!!
I like a lot the point of view and composition!
This is a strange but beautiful beatle with those large antenae.
Great job.
Congratulations and TFS.

Hi dear Dietrich ,
this is nice macro with great composition.
vivid colours and nice sharpness.
thanks and regards

Hello Dietrich!
I just came back from my 6 days holiday so it is time to see what I overlooked on TN ;>
At first many thanks for so great dedication! I am very grateful not only because it is a beetle picture (as you know my favourite invertebrate group) but also because it is a very good macro! :) Very good details and DOF, especially that this species is so small, dark, and mobile! I have collected it several times but never using camera ;>
I really think that this is one of your best macro pictures I have seen on TN :) And it is really nice because I can clearly observe that every your new picture is better and better! My congratulation because of the splendid work and once again many thanks for this great honour! :)
Greetings from Lodz!

Hallo Dietrich,
nice macro and good sharpness.
This Cerambycidae is not Oplosia cinerea = fennica, but it is Leiopus nebulosus.

Thanks and regards,

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