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Phyllopertha horticola

Phyllopertha horticola
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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: 2007-05-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/22, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-23 5:41
Viewed: 2597
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Better known backyard creatures:
This is not the well known (and well represented on TN) European garden chafer (Coleoptera; Scarabaeidae; Phyllopertha horticola; Gartenlaubkäfer; le Hanneton des jardins). It is the similar Anisoplia segetum: its head shield which is wrapped upwards in front (difficult to see). The beetle has a size of 11-14 mm. It flies now in great numbers over the grass meadows in much of Europe. You find distribution maps of European taxa on www.faunaeur.org. The beetle disappears into the ground in the afternoon. Its larvae, grubs, are living in the soil and eat from the roots.

It is my first beetle caught in the act of flying off. As you all know probably, beetles don't announce it when they go off. You still can see the fold along which the hind wing is folded up at rest. Whether the stiff forewings provide any lift during flight I don't know. If yes, it's one of the many aerodynamic tricks found in insects.

The shot was taken free handed, with a macro, macro twin flash and light dispersers, in RAW mode. The picture was cropped and treated in PS.

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Hola Dietrich,
Preciosa y difícil captura con las alas levantadas, no es muy habitual esta imagen en TN. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-23 6:56]

hi Dietrich,
very good moment to take this image, we can see all the dtails. Great colors and light.


Interesting moment with open wings. Pretty good sharpnes and informative note. I like it Thanks
Best wishes

Hi Dietrich!
Great details! Very good composition, colors, POV and DOF. Well done!

bonjour dietrich
vous avez une belle collection de coleoptere dans votre galerie,j'aime beaucoup celui-la même si l'aile est coupée il est rare de le voir et il faut etre pres a le prendre.
bien vu.

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