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Comb-clawed Beetle

Comb-clawed Beetle
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-23 23:06
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As IB is not going to use our images without permission I have decided to continue my postings.

Comb-clawed Beetle (Cteniopus flavus)

Swedish name: Svavelgul kamklobagge, meaning sulphur-yellow comb-clawed beetle.

This beetle is about 8mm (1/3 in) long.

It belongs to the Alleculidae family of beetles the biology of which is not well known except that the larvae feed either on rotting wood or various plant roots. The adult beetles are often found on flowers

Most commonly found in SE Sweden in flowery meadows.

This was taken with my compact camera hand held at about 30 cm (12 in) from the subject.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-23 23:10]

Hello Ivan
Nice capture with lovely spring colors and great details. Well done.

Hi Ivan, wonderful macro capture oof this Comb-clawed Beetle which is also a novelty for me. Details and sharpness are great as well as excellent diagonal composition MF!
Cheers and have a nice day!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-02-23 23:57]

Hello Ivan!

Thank you for posting and not deleting your pictures from TN!

This is nice macro of small beetle captured in natural environment. Good light and spring colours, very well captured white flowers.

I hope Ulla also will be posting again!

Hello Ivan,
beautiful image with the Comb-clawed Beetle! I like composition, colors and details.

Best regards, Leonid

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-24 0:05]

Merhaba Ivan,
çok süper bir yakın çekim gerçekleştirmişsin.
Renkler, ışık ve netlik gayet başarılı.
Tebrik ederim.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-24 0:33]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful close up.Sharpness,details,lighting,colors and visual impact are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-24 0:37]

Hi Ivan,

Glad to see that you are posting again,this is a fine capture of this new beetle to me,the swedish name looks colorwise more appropiate than the english one,anyway tfs this summer image


Hello Ivan
Great shot of this yellow beetle in a lovely environment
beautiful colors
i like his pose onthis nic little flowers
very well done

günaydın Ivan dostum,
I am pleasure to see your new post. I learnt permission subject in yesterday, since I was away TN.
well, this is great macro shot with focus, POV and composition. white and greenish colors superb. Model also very beautiful. As you know, we live at the end of winter and we can see again these creatures a bit time later.
thanks for sharing my friend
have a nice day

Thank you indeed Ivan, both for this marvelous image of Comb-clawed beetle (would like to see its claws sometime) and also for the good news concerning the decision of IB, now I must find something among my shell photos to continue with my postings in TN!..

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-24 4:07]

Hi Ivan,
thanks for your critique on my snake shot.
This beetle shot of your is very lovely with the flowers and background pleasantly displayed. The clarity of the beetle is so great that it shows it beauty very well. The shining body and antenna are attractive.
Beautiful presentation in diagonal pose.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-24 5:10]

Hello Ivan,
Lovely shot of this yellow Comb-clawed Beetle in a very natural and pleasing environment. At first I thought it was my picture, because I have a quite similar shot in my archives. Same beetle, same plant, but honestly your picture is better.
Un grand merci

Merhaba Ivan,bu güzel çiçeklerin içinde böceği görmek hiç şaşırtıcı değil.Kontrast ve kompozisyon harika,ellerine sağlık,dostlukla :)

Hi Ivan!

I'm glad to meet you again here on TN! And I'm glad that you keep going on posting beautiful pictures like this one. The insect's position, the composition with the haulmes and the natural and bright colours make it an outstanding one. I also like your short and instructive notes.

Kind regards


Ciao Ivan, wonderful composition with lovely bug on beautiful white flowers, good colors, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
I'm glad you've decided to continue posting.
My feeling is that some were a little hasty.
Oh well, what is done is done.
This is an excellent capture of this attractive little beetle.
Nice composition & colours.
Cheers & TFS

hello Ivan
great composition
beautiful colours
nice details
great shot
greeting lou

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-02-24 7:54]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Me es grato poder ver sus fotografias aqui, pues de ellas he aprnedido mucho.
Este macro es de alta calidad y gran nitidez. La nota escrita como siempre exelente.
Por otro lado no entiendo muy bien lo que esta pasando aqui en TN o cuales son las pretenciones de los propietarios de este sitio, pues veo que algunos miembros estan abandonando esta maravillosa familia.
Un Saludo y un abrazo para la familia

Hej Ivan, neighbours today.
It's nice to see a reminder of summer.
Very nice macro with fine details and natural colours.
I like the diagonal composition of the beetle.
Well done, mf.
Idag har vi haft ett ganska fint väder med mycket sol och blå himmel. Jag har tillbringat stor del av dagen uppe vid min matning. Jag ska försöka lura Varfågel som jagar där ibland,
även den mindre hackspetten är ofta framme men jag lyckas inte
få till någon bra bild ännu.
Nya tag i morgon om vädret tillåter.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-24 8:44]

merhaba ivan
well close-up capture of this interesting beetle
i like composition, POV, BG, light, colours, sharpness and details

Hi Ivan
I think that it is the first photo of this species on TN. Nice blured background, beautiful delicate colors Maybe you could crop it a little bit from the bottom and from the left

PS I prepared a simple WS but this option is not availble for this photo and I cant post it

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful comb clawed beetle. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Ivan,
I never noticed such a beetle in nature - it's a beautiful arrangement on the small flowers and the BG is in the same colour than the beetle, I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-24 10:04]

Hi Ivan,

I'm soooooo happy you have decided to continue posting. I would have missed you and your wonderful shots. An interesting looking beetle captured with fine colors, textures, and details. He seems to be enjoying the pretty flowers. Lovely setting and composition.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-24 11:31]

Hello Ivan,

I am glad you are here. I am very sorry about Ulla's decision but I hope she will start posting again.

Your photo with it's delicate colors and light remembers me the spring I am waiting for. The insect is well shown being sharp as well as part of the flower it is sitting on. The blurry background give depth to the image.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-24 12:52]

Hi Ivan. I am so glad you will be still posting. This is a fine clase up of the beetle. Which you have taken with fine detail in the shell. It has a unusual yellow colour which you have taken so well with good use of the light. well done tFs.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-02-24 18:24]

Fantastic image Ivan,
Excellent DOF with incredible detail and color!! You are making me long for those warm days of summer with a fine post like this!!

Well said in notes Ivan and a good archival with all the things we have come to expect from a man of your stature...Great image, good notes...and no matter how or where we get your notes...whether it is from you or a combination...all is just as one would expect from a consummate professional!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-02-24 22:30]

Hello Ivan,
A very spring-like image with sunshiny colors.
Excellent light on this very sharp macro of your pretty beetle.
Lovely composition with beetle straddling the white flowers.
TFS. : )

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-24 22:38]

Hola Ivan,
preciosa macro,
fino trabajo y detales,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-25 1:13]

Merhaba Dostum Ivan!
Yeşil zemin ve beyaz minik çiçekler üzerindeki nu sevimli böceği harika sunmuşsunuz. Kompozisyon gerçekten çok hoş.


Hello Ivan !
I'm happy to see you continue to post pictures, I have just taken the samedecision somehours ago ! :-) This picture shows a nice beetle, I have seen the same one but in red, last summer, this one just as beautiful. I love the colors of this photo, the composition, and the lovely white flowers. Very pleasant to look at. Very well done !

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-25 5:24]

Ivan, So beautiful. Lovely colors and you are lucky to have such a lovely insect. Ganesh

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-25 10:59]

Hi Ivan.
I welcome your decision so much as well as your impressive close-up. Very attractive scene by itself. Small flowers and slim stems create a wonderful surroundings. Nice beetle among them is looked amazing. Perfect use of compact camera for wide DOF and razor sharp details of the insect and nearest flowers. Exposure and color tone reproduction of the petals are superb too. My best wishes. TFS and all the best for you and Ulla.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-02-25 18:52]

Hello Ivan,
You make this work macro work look easy, but I know is is not. Great work with amazing detail and great color, I mustgivw it a go again this summer. Thank you Ivan.

hello Ivan

in my very little absence from TN i have missed this photo,
another of your beautifully composed macro photos,
as usual with fine POV, DOF and framing, beautiful smooth
for the eyes luminosity, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hola Ivan,
Preciosa composición de este bello escarabajo que nos muestras con gran nitidez y detalle, la luz y el fondo son muy agradables, saludos
José Ramón

Como va todo Ivan ?

Por aquí ya empezamos a tener buenas temperaturas, hoy ya hemos sobrepasado los 20ºC y eso quiere decir que pronto iremos de "caza".
Delicada tu toma, una buena ampliación y un atractivo fondo.

Un saludo: Josep Ignasi

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