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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-27 11:44
Viewed: 2504
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Family: Pyrochroidae

This bright red beetle has black, comb-like antennae. Adult red-headed cardinal beetles are seen from May 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. A similar species, the black-headed cardinal beetle Pyrochroa coccinea may be found in gardens.

The 250, 000 species of beetle found in the world include both the most bulky of all insects as well as some of the smallest. The adults of this species may often be found on herbaceous plants but do no harm to them.

Predatory on other insects. Adults take flying insects from flowers and leaves, the larvae feed on larvae of other decaying wood-feeding insects living under the bark of broadleaved trees.

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Hi Marius,
very nice photo of this species.
Excellent point of view. Great sharpness. Amazing colours and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-27 11:46]

Hello Marius,
A photo in fantastic clarity. The colours are saturated very well. Superb sharpness, details and an excellent POV and composition. Nice blurred BG.
Have a good weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-27 11:50]

Hello Marius.
A lovely macro with lovely colour and great detail. You have captured the texture of the cardinal Beetle very well.Best regards Siggi

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-05-27 13:18]

Hi Marius.
Amazingly clear macro shot with sharp details. POV and DOF are perfect and super monochrome background also. I like his pose. Excellent work!!
TFS and Best regards,

Wow Marius! An outstanding pic today! Magnificent compo in perfect DOF and razor details. Shap is excellent o like beuatiful natural colours. Best regards.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-27 14:09]

Woow Marius,what a beautiful capture of this metallic red!Fantastic focus,details and sharpness,this is a very professional macro my friend,and a very interesting little specie too.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

Hi Marius,

Fabulous and very strong composition of the Red Headed Cardinal Beetle my friend, superb exposure control and good detailed sharpness, very strong and pleasing image indeed,
Congratulations Marius and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,


Hello Marius,
Very impressive macro of this bright beetle! great sharpness, depth of field, point of view and composition are excellent, marvelous colours against a nice background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Hi Marius,
Pure Impressionism! .. Excellent work, this bug seems get out of the picture! Well done!...TFS

Hallo Marius,
splendid macro shot, bright colours, superb sharpness, excellent point of view and background
Have a good weekend

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-27 23:17]

Hello Marius,
Superb macro of this Cardinal Beetle.
The POV is great and shows its features with fine natural colours in a pleasing composition on the flowering grass against a perfect clean green BG. Excellent sharpness where needed too.
Thanks and have a great weekend,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-05-27 23:51]

wonderful image of the bug. great sharpness and contrast.

Hello Marius, great clarity and sharpness in this picture. A spectacular backdrop enhances a perfectly wonderful person. Hello, Paul

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-05-28 1:40]

Hello Marius,
Great shot, beautiful colours and perfect sharpness. Nicely composed frame.I like beetles because have so various shapes and colours.
Regards, Pawel

Excellent photograph, with great detail and clear background. The grass flowers are also interesting. regards yiannis

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-05-28 2:01]

Hi Marius,
Perfect macro work.Nice colours good composition and sharpness details with nice background.
Have a good weekend.
Regards Jiri.

nice macro shot, congrats Marius for the picture,

nice compo and very good details,

have a nice day !

ciao, tino

Beautiful photo Marius! The composition is excellent. The colours and the lighting are fantastic. The sharpness is impressive.

Buna Marius,
Frumoasa compozitie cu detalii minunate si culori placute. Fundalul este si el perfect . Felicitari!
Numai bine,

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-05-30 14:34]

Hi Marius!
Great macro shot. Perfect focus and splendid light with nice reflectioons on the insect's body.
The BG, as usual, is fabulous.
ci8ao! Vanda

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