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Cardinal Beetles/Pyrochroa serraticornis


Cardinal Beetles/Pyrochroa serraticornis
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Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-09 11:34
Viewed: 6416
Points: 42
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Oggi ho fotografato un coleottero molto appariscente, dai colori rosso porpora, tanto che i rappresentanti della famiglia cui appartiene sono chiamati, in inglese: Cardinal Beetles.
Questa, in particolare, è la Pyrochroa serraticornis, una specie distribuita nell'Europa centro-meridionale e in tutta Italia.
In Calabria ed in Sicilia è rappresentata dalla ssp. kiesenwetteri che ha la testa nera, a differenza della forma tipica, completamente rossa.

COLEOPTERA, PYROCHROIDAE / Cardinal Beetles

Pyrochroidae are a small family within the Tenebrionoidea, including about 200 species worldwide.
This bright red beetle has black, comb-like antennae. Adult red-headed cardinal beetles are seen from April to July, occasionally on flowers but often on vegetation and tree bark in sunny weather. The brownish-cream larvae are extraordinarily flattened to enable them to live in very narrow spaces under loose bark.
The Italian fauna includes four species.
Pyrochroa serraticornis is a european forest species. In Italy is recorded from northern and central regions, Campania and Puglia; moreover, in Basilicata there are transitional forms with the endemic P. serraticornis kiesenwetteri, which is known from Basilicata (Monte Pollino), Calabria and Sicily.
This species lives in deciduous forests, where the larvae develop in dead, damp wood of Fagus, Betula,Quercus and Ulmus. The males, like those of other species of the family, are canthariphilous.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-04-09 11:46]
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Ciao Marcello,
a fine picture of this colourful beetle. I know that it is not easy to achieve good reproduction
of the surface of the red elytrae in these species.
But you achieved a very good result!
Best wishes, Peter
P.S. In the last weeks I had to work very much so that it was not possible for me to spend much time for TN.
Probably, I have missed a lot of interesting and beautiful pictures.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-09 11:49]

Hi Marcello
this is very nice colors and composition
well done.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-09 12:12]

Hola Marcello, buen macro, nitida y con buen color. Un saludo desde Mallorca

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-09 12:32]

Hello Marcello,
Excellent sharp-detailed photo in wonderful clear colours. Very good DOF, POV and composition.
Regards,
Peter

Ciao Marcello,
il bosco ficuzza ci regala un bel
coleottero rosso cardinale postato
con la solita cura e dettagli

complimenti sERGIO

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-09 13:18]

Hola amigo,
brillante macro,
bg, e iluminación,
buen trabajo y compo.
saludos Marcello

Buen encuadre y contrastes, aunque sin la pulcritud de otras de tus tomas. Interesante especie que no conocía.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Hello Marcello,

What a beautiful color contrast in this lovely macro.
Excellent work on exposure and sharpness.
The beetle does stand out greatly against the soft green color tones in the BG.
Lovely shot. TFS!!!

Best wishes, Harry

Hi Marcello,
Very nice close-up on this beetle. Good light to reveal details. Colors are rich and well seen. Lovely composition.
JC

hello marcello,
this is a good macro shot of the beetle, the colors are well saturated and the pov is good, good details captured,
well done,
tfs & regards
pankaj

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-09 21:54]

Hi Marcello,
Outstanding shot of this gorgeous looking Cardinal Beetle. Lovely colours and sharpness and I like this pose presented. Superb light and exposure handling and the natural green surrounding makes the image majestic. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.
TFS.
Sumon

Hello Marcello,

You did not choose the easiest for this picture: the shiny red of the elytrae, the shiny black of the head and the white flower. But you managed a very good picture. Excellent sharpness and nice composition.
Very well done,
Cheers,
Mariki

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-10 4:13]

Ciao Marcello,bentornato,come al solito ci sorprendi con un'altra macro sensazionale,corredata da delle note molto preziose.Ho preso un sacco di voti con la mia ultima farfalla,mi sono sentito re per un giorno...ehehe...ti ricedo lo scettro,buona serata,Luciano

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-10 4:51]

Hello Marcello,
a very nice macro composition.
Colors, sharpness and details are excellent.
Very well composed, nice placing of your main subject.
Sky

excellent sharpness and focus, the light and colours are fine, the composition looks good
regards
jo

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-10 10:47]

Hi Marcello.
Once more great macro shot. I am amazed with quality of the beetle reproduction, excellent wide DOF, splendid colours and impressive fine BG. Well done and best wishes.
Alexei.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-04-10 12:54]

Ola Marcello
Linda foto deste inseto, suas coes são bem atraentes, a nitidez esta muito boa e a luminosidade tambem.
Parabens
Nilson

With your camera settings, you have turned the Cardinal Beetle into a jewel, Marcello.
Superb use of ambient light here.
The colours are extraoedinarily captivating.
Great macro shot and thanks for sharing it.
Ram

Hi friend Marcello,
Another splendid macro shot of a beetle my friend. TFS and also thanks for ID of my dung beetle capture. All the best!
Cheers,
Bayram

Il piacere è tutto nostro, Marcello, nel rivedere un'altra delle tue splendide macro, sempre più difficile commentare le tue foto, vengon fuori solo i soliti superlativi, ti posso solo ancora una volta ringraziare per il piacere che cidai per le tue foto splendidamente eseguite, accompagnate sempre da note interessantissime, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-04-13 8:41]

Ciao Marcello,
Bellissima e dettagliatissima come sempre!
Complimenti,
Ena

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