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Hanging on...

Hanging on...
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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: 2007-06-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-16 5:24
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Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The soldier beetles, or Cantharidae are relatively soft-bodied, straight sided beetles, related to the Lampyridae or firefly family, but being unable to produce light. One common British species is bright red, reminding people of the red coats of soldiers, hence the common name. A secondary common name is leatherwing, obtained from the texture of the wing covers.

Historically, these beetles were placed in a superfamily "Cantharoidea", which has been subsumed by the superfamily Elateroidea; the name is still sometimes used as a rankless grouping, including the families Cantharidae, Drilidae, Lampyridae, Lycidae, Omalisidae, Omethidae, Phengodidae (which includes Telegeusidae), and Rhagophthalmidae.

Soldier beetles are highly desired by gardeners as biological control agents of a number of pest insects. The larvae tend to be dark brown or gray, slender and wormlike with a rippled appearance due to pronounced segmentation. They consume grasshopper eggs, aphids, caterpillars and other soft bodied insects, most of which are pests.

The adults are especially important predators of aphids. They supplement their diet with nectar and pollen and can be minor pollinators. Soldier beetle populations can be increased by planting good nectar- or pollen-producing plants such as Asclepias or Solidago.

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Hi Joe,
Nice composition and scene. Good DOF and sharpness.

selam joe; excellent close up shot of this beetle,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-16 5:45]

Hi Joey

This is a real colour 'essay' - simply beautiful. The details of the beetle are well captured.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-16 6:33]

Joey, Lovely composition and lovely shot. It seems you have been running behind now a days to take photographs. Great and TFs Ganesh

hi joe,
nice capture, liked the composition very much, lovely green bg is in good contrast with the insect,
well done,
tfs & regards

Your sharpness and detail are wonderful. You created a depth in this photo that is almost 3-d.
You certainly find the bugs, don't you? ha ha

So Anybones grasshoppers should not come to this Dr's home then...very good. Again today a lesson in small bugs and insects....a world which I seldom see, more or less seek out with a goal in mind. One of these days I'll take a lesson from you pros...

Bob The Evergreen State US

Hello Joe
Very intersting shot of this Soldier Beetle,
Great focusing,lighting and DOF,I think
in this case ,darker aperture would works
better. Welldone,friend.

Good Luck

Hello Joey,
Thanks for those much interesting notes and nice capture. It is hanging on indeed :) This little one looks good and you captured it nicely. Thanks,

Joe, I like this picture of a Soldier Beetle clinging to a plant with those delicate white flowers. Makes a beautiful composition.
You are also doing a good job of your notes. They are quite precise and informative.
Well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-16 16:36]

Hello Joe,
Beautiful close up.POV,colors,exposure and framing are excellent.

Hola Joe,
Una imagen muy bella en su composición, excelente la nitidez y muy agradable el fondo y la luz, saludos
José Ramón

Belle acrobatie pour se maintenir sur la fleur.
Bonne journée.

Buena foto joey.Es muy dificil fotografiar estos escarabajos porque tienen la cabeza muy pequeña.

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