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Soldiers make love not war

Soldiers make love not war
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-16 9:38
Viewed: 3325
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Rhagonycha fulva (Scopoli, 1763)
Family : Cantharidae

The common red soldier beetle is a species of soldier beetle to a centimetre. Nearly all their body is coloured red yellowish. Only the last bit of the elytra is black. The body is flat and elongated. The chitin armour is very soft, resulting in the German name of this species as Weichkäfer (meaning "soft beetle"). The black thread-like antennae are also relatively long. The equally long legs have an orange colour, which become notably darker only at the end.
This beetle is very common in Europe and Anatolia. One will find it in bushes or on grass and fields… and often mating.
These beetles are active during the daylight hours, when they will hunt mostly for small insects on top of flowers.
Fairly often one will find many of them on Apiaceae or Asteraceae like thistles.
After copulation the females will lay her eggs. The larvae are soil-dwellers which hunt for snails and insects. After a year and several moults the larvae will pupate and then emerge as fully grown beetles.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-16 9:49]

Bonjour Catherine,

Excellente idée de présenter une image avec un tel titre.
Et les soldats sont ... êtres vivants. Et ils ont le droit de faire l'amour plutôt que la guerre.

Excellent capture and title.Great light and colors, sharp details, plain BG, great POV,
TFS, best regards,

Yes...love is better!!!!
Great capture, lovely colors,good sharp,POV,BG!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-16 11:05]

Excellent macro of this Insects, good sharpness and details to!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-16 11:17]

Salut Catherine,une position tres difficile pour faire l'amour...une autre tres tres belle photo,la lumiere en particulier a fait la difference en rechauffant les couleurs.Merveilleuse nettete' aussi.Mes compliment,bonne soiree',LUCIANO

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-16 11:24]

Hello Catherine
Excellent details, perfect focus and wonderful colors

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-16 11:36]

Hi Catherine. Once again a first class macro . This time of a pair of beetles. Taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. Very good use of light. They stand out so well against the plain BG. well done TFs.

hello Catherine
super sharpness composition
very good light and nice soft BG.
i like this shot
i have also in greece i think the black soldier found
super shot Catherine
greeting lou

I like the highlights and detail

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2009-09-16 13:57]

Bonjour Catherine, bravo pour la presentation et l'eclairage, excellente opportunité... à ne pas manquer. Ces soldats sont des artistes acrobates, c'est rare...Didier.

Hi Catherine,

A very good macro, excellent sharp focus showing very fine detail. Excellent colours are well contrasted by the background.
TFS regards Bill

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-16 14:23]

Slav Catherîne,
A wonderfıl macro shot of this mating couple with excellent sharpness and taken from a great POV.The colours and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.
have a nice day.

Hi Catherine,

Among great details, the title of the picture is the another best part of this shot.

Great work!

best regards,

Hello Catherine,
It caught my eye the simplicity, the pastel background all together enfold with a perfect a a matching frame, other the perfect focus and harmony colors, good notes.

Thanks for sharing

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2009-09-16 23:49]

Buen enfoque y encuadre Catherine. Interesante saturación del color y un acertado fondo. Un bonito trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Catherine,
superbe photo en macro avec une fantastique netteté et couleurs splendides, excellentes point de vue et composition.
Merci et félicitations
Je te souhaite une bonne journée

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-17 4:24]
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Bonjour Catherine,
Des acrobates tes soldats! Un arrière-plan de toute beauté pour mettre en valeur les amoureux. De magnifiques teintes aussi.
Est-ce que tu as fait une rotation de l'image?
Un grand merci aussi pour le lien pour ma dernière image.
Bonne journée

bonjour Catherine
j'aime bien le titre de la photo qui est superbe comme toujours
les couleurs et la luminosité sont extraordinaires, les details sont clairs et nets
j'aime bien aussi le POV, la pose et le BG uni
Passe une bonne nuit

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