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Red Soldier Beetle

Red Soldier 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: 2009-07-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-28 23:40
Viewed: 3452
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva).

Swedish name: Liten flugbagge, meaning ‘small fly-beetle’. It is a predator on other insects.

This is the first time I have posted this species, but it has been posted several times on TN.

It is no more than 1 cm long (0.4 in). It spends much of its time on flowers like this popular Knautia where it looks for its prey in the form of small insects.
Its larvae are also carnivorous, living on small insects in the soil.

It is common and widespread in Europe as well as most of Sweden.

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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hello Ivan!
very good management of soft colours and a very well balanced result in a splendid composition and BG with fine details,very beautiful photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Ciao Ivan, beautiful bug on a lovely flower, nice macro with fine details, splendid colors, excellent and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, have a good Sunday my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-11-29 0:37]

Good morning Ivan,
a fine detailed picture of fulva. The area of field depth exactly includes the antennae
and also the legs whose minute structures are nicely seen.
A very balanced composition with respect to colours, exposure and geometry.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Ivan,
Amazing details and superb colours. Wonderful composition and fine background.

Hello Ivan,

Great macro capture of the Red Soldier Beetle with superb details! I like the florescent color of the beetle the Nature has gifted to this eye-catching species. The colors are very natural, captured with great sharpness and from a well thought POV.

Well done!

best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-11-29 1:02]

Hola amigo,
sobresaliente calidad,
buen foco y color,
has realizado un gran trabajo,
saludos Ivan.

Hi Ivan,

splendid, this soldier beetle in the sea of Knautia flowers! Small water droplets can be seen on the back. And again, you did this with a PowerShot. It makes me wonder how much of the high quality in the picture can be attributed to the camera, how much to your genius :-) I also want to look at this compact more closely for my next bicycle trip...

Have a nice Sunday

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-29 1:38]

Hello Ivan.

A beautiful balanced photograph. The Red beetle stands perfectly sharp in beautiful gentle flower. Colours contrast in a pleasant manner with each other.
Thanks for sharing and a nice sundat to you.

Gr. Hans

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-29 2:01]

Hello Ivan great macro shot of this beautiful soldier beetle with fine details and composition.
TFS and G's,

Hello Ivan,
superb macro capture of the Red Soldier Beetle, very good sharpness and fine detail, perfect colour tones, a very pleasing close composition
Best regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-29 2:13]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful capture of this Soldier Beetle.Colors,POV,cross framing and details are perfect.Excellent work!
Have a nice sunday!
Thanks for posting..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-29 2:30]

Hello Ivan,
Good to see such a photo with the summer in it. The weather is terrible here, for more than a week rain and a lot of wind.
A very sharp detailed photo in very beautiful light and clear colours. Great DOF, POV and diagonal composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-29 3:15]

Hello Ivan.
Excellent quality macro.Focus,sharpness, details, and composition are great.Superb DOF and POV.very good background.
Best regards Siggi

Hej dostum Ivan,

Stunning macro capture of this beautiful red soldier beetle from nice POV with perfect focus, exposure, impeccable clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice Sunday MF!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-29 4:37]

Hello Ivan,
It's true this is a beetle we meet quite often, but we don't see it so often on TN. I like the fine color-combination of your picture. Excellent sharpness on the Soldier-beetle and good framing too. I wish you and Ulla a nice Sunday

Ciao Ivan. Excellent details here with good DOF and exciting brigh colours. Nice compo.


Salam Ivan,

An excellent macro of this Red Soldier Beetle with vibrant colors, sharpness & fine details. Great POV, pose & BG. Very well taken & presented.

TFS & best regards.


A beautiful individual with flashy colours Ivan, captured in perfect focus against a pleasnt flower which also provides nice colour contrast, altogether a superb composition my friend, TFS it indeed!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-29 8:07]

Hi Ivan.
Lovely shot with very pleasant subject and refined delicate colours and lights. Terrific reproduction of all charming details of the beetle. Its pose, diagonal posture in the fame are perfect. Combination of flower and BG colours are fine. Nice art work which caresses eye. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-11-29 9:15]

Wonderful bug!
Great details and colors!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-29 10:30]

Hi Ivan. This is a beetle i see down by the river . You were able to take this one with fine detail and natural colours. It looks like a small fly in the flower head . well taken TFs.

Hello Ivan, excellent image of this beautiful insect with nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ivan, great macro with excellent details and composition.
TFS and regards,

hello Ivan!
red on the purple ... excellent macro
of Rhagonycha fulva,with excellent details of the antennas and the body

ciao sERGIO

Hi Ivan

Great result from the 'little canon'. Great DOF, sharpness and details.


hello Ivan
Thisis SUPER macro
great sharpness and beautiful colours
great shot
greting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-12-02 5:36]

Hi Ivan,
lovely capture of this insect. I like its glow of the reddish body. Very small and the feature is well seen. The softness of the petals too give a good effect to the shot.
The long antenna is rerally exciting.
well presented shot and the picture is pleasant.

NB: I have a short academic visit to Uni of Portsmouth. So Im making use of the free time for photography.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2009-12-13 12:03]

Hello Ivan.

Very nice macro,wonderful colors tones and details, great contrast exposure and composition.


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