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Soft winged flower beetle


Soft winged flower beetle
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Copyright: kapil koltharkar (kapildk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 32 N: 502] (3197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon coolpix L110
Exposure: f/3.8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-18 8:02
Viewed: 3404
Points: 12
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Classification

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Includes Malachiidae and Dasytidae, according to American Beetles, Vol. 2 (1)

Fauna Europaea treats Malachiidae and Dasytidae as valid families, distinct from Melyridae

Numbers
501 species in 52 genera in North America listed at nearctica.com

Size
body length 2-7 mm

Identification
Adult: body may have a soft appearance from the numerous erect hairs; front coxae prominent; antennae insert in front of the head above the mandibles; many species have a fleshy lobe between the tarsal claws, and some have orange eversible sacs along the sides of the abdomen that are sometimes visible

Range
Most of United States and southern Canada (two species reach Northwest Territories but none are found in Yukon or Alaska)

Habitat
Adults are commonly found on flowers of herbaceous plants
Larvae occur in various habitats but most commonly in soil, leaf litter, or under bark

Food
Chiefly insects but food preferences vary within the family
Adults evidently feed on flower-visiting insects as well as pollen
larvae are primarily predators of other insects.

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hello Kapil
this is sharpness first class with great details and beautiful colours
very nice pose and good light
greeting lou

Hi Kapil,
Very good close-up of an interesting beetle. The pose, legs either side of the stem is unusual. Nice composition. Thanks.
Alan

Hello Kapil,
My dear friend of the Coolpix L110, more and more improvement in your photos! ... Great pose, POV master, an insect interesting and well captured!... A masterly macro made with a bridge managed with great skills!...
Regards, TFS
Jesús

Hello Kapil
very beautiful image taken with wonderful sharpness, each detail is perfectly reproduced, also the composition, colors, BG a nd DOF are superb
TFS Jacqueline

Good Morning Kapil,
Another good work, you have a strong sense of composition.
TFS
Samiran Nandy

Hello Kapil,
This is a well composed, sharp and colourful photograph; I like the pose of the insect, is just like exercising.
Best wishes, Pambos

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