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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Unusual critters [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-13 4:44
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Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In Europe a very common species developing in a variety of herbaceous plants (eg. Cardus, Urtica, Angelica, Chaerophyllum, Artemisia, Salvia, Aconitum). Like the other species of Agapanthia genus, the larvae of this beetle develop in the above-ground plant tissues (stalks). They cut off the plant stalk before pupation, create the pupal cells near ground level, and the adults leave the stalks via a newly created exit hole in the side of the remaining stalk.

Body length: 10 - 22 mm.
Life cycle: 1 year.
Adults in: May - August.
Host plant: polyphagous in herbaceous plants.
Distribution: Europe, Russia, Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Near East.

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Where do you find these odd creatures!? This one is really unique.
Those horns are wild!
Great shot of an amazingly unique little dude.

Not a Texas Longhorn eh? Englands own variety. More than likely grade A?

I love the way it is posed. Looks like "Vertigo". Why don't insects break their legs when they fall, like humans?

Good crystal clear and colored shot.

Bob Pacific NW Wilderness

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  • Music (40)
  • [2007-06-13 10:15]

It so strong keeps for a branch )))
Fantastic. Nice shot!

But why you have not wanted to clean hair from the bug?!

Very interesting species of beetles, Joe.
The solid looking antennae are longer than the body, so this chap may have special skills to manipulate them.
Fine perspective and horizontal composition with the insect clinging to one end of the stick. Excellent details and colours.
Well done and RFS.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-13 14:13]

selam joey ; excellent shot of this beetle, very good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with splendid colours TFS

Hola Joe:

A good macro. Approach, color, light, every bién.

Documented information relative to the insect. Thank you.
Cordial regards.


Nice one Joey, I like the crop and comp ... colour and detail are good. Well done.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-14 5:05]
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Joe, First to comment. Lovely and its looks like water spilling from the fly. Where it is hanging? on a stick. TFs Ganesh

Impresionante !! y con muy buena composición. Preciosos colores y detalles. Saludos desde España Joe y gracias por tus comentarios.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-14 10:59]

Hello Joe,

Great picture of this beetle.
Great color, position, DOF, sharpness and background.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-16 4:12]

Great looking creature! I haven't seen one of them before. I love the way it is clinging on there. Excellent POV and nice sharp details. Interesting shot



What an interesting little bug ! The body looks like a seed pod and those antennae are something else. Nice POV and good focus for super detail. Well done !

TFS, Mish

Hi Joe,
This is really wonderful. The wide composition makes for a very attractive look. Wonderful details on the beetle with spot on exposure and a great DOF. The Green OOF BG enhances the color of the beetle even more.

Hi Joey,
thanks to your call at my collection I finally discover your site, and this to my great pleasure. Ican learn her how to present a longhorn beetle in an interesting way. I guess you just used ambient light, and had the beetle keep it's antennae close together for good sharpness. The result is convincing!
Thanks for presenting the pic.
My best regards,

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