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Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn
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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: 2011-05-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/90 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-27 22:59
Viewed: 3148
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn, Agapanthia villosoviridescens

Swedish name: Tistelbock, meaning 'thistle longhorn'.

This species of Longhorn Beetle is fairly common in the very South of Sweden. It seems to have been a relatively recent arrival in Sweden and it appears to be spreading north.
It is also found in most of Europe and across Asia into W. Siberia.

The larvae develop in various robust herbs such as thistles and nettles. As these plants are encouraged by nitrification caused by modern agriculture and motor vehicle exhaust perhaps this may account for their increase.

This individual is about 15mm long and was resting on the leaves of Ground Elder (Aegopodium podagraria), that could also be one of its host plants. The females can have a length of about 2cm, not counting the antennae, so presumably this is a male.

As it was cloudy with hazy sunshine I used a cheap tripod and took this at a distance of about 1.8 meters.

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW to JPEG.

PaulLees, siggi, cloud, bungbing, KOMSIS, mikou, Miss_Piggy, maaciejka, ramthakur, Hormon_Manyer, CeltickRanger, cirano, marius-secan, corjan3, Alex99, anel has marked this note useful
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Hi Ivan,

Very nice image of the Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn, yes indeed not easy under cloudy conditions Ivan, nevertheless a sterling job, good sharpness with a very strong composition, lovely presentation and well done,
Best Regards and have a nice weekend,


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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-05-27 23:53]

wonderful species. great contrast, sharpness and colors. thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-28 0:28]

Helo Ivan,
Excellent photo of this Longhorn Beetle. Superb sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Pleasing diagonal composition. Nice contrasting BG.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-28 0:33]

Hello Ivan.
Fantastic close-up with great details.Sharpness, focus on this beetle is very good. I liked your POV, composition and the exposure control.Best regards Siggi

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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 1:38]

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

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-05-28 1:50]

Hi Ivan,

This is a strange creature. Very sharp and detailed shot. I can see that the 300 f4 lens is quite capable of making good macroshots :)


wonderful subject Ivan !

congrats for the picture, nice satured colors and beautiful compo,

have a good day,

ciao, tino

Superb photo of the longhorn beetle against the green background. regards yiannis

Hello Ivan
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hello Ivan,
A great captured of this Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn, very fine colours and details on it, the sharpness, lighting, point of view are very good,
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-05-28 4:11]

Hej Ivan,
Excellent capture..
This composition is very lovely with Agapanthia villosoviridescens. Very good composition. Excellent sharpness.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Ivan. Interesting specie taken in perfect details and sharp,. Impressive DOF. Very good contrast against the green BG.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-05-28 6:22]

Hi Ivan.
Well composed macro-shot with beautifull natural colors and fine sharp details on this beetle. I long to not be here at TN, you're very much in the gallery of beautiful shots - congratulations. Thank for sharing.
Best regards,

Hallo Ivan
Did you use a wide angle lens to ensure capturing the antennas of this Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn? (Ha-ha only joking. This is a great image with fine details that are beautifully seen. The texture of its body is fascinating and it displays well against the green leaf it is resting on. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Ivan,
very interesting species. Excellent point of view, sharpness and depth of field. Nice natural colours. Very good composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Your hand-held shots are equally sharp and crisp, Ivan. Nonetheless, this is a brilliant capture of a Longhorn. I like the diagonal composition very much.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Ivan,

Beautifully composed image with both the antennae sharp. Wonderful natural colors, incredible DoF and excellent sharpness. A perfect photo, congratulations! Tfs, also the great note.

Although my books (and also websites on the net) write this is a common species in my country, but I've never seen it yet in the wild.

Friendly regards, László

Hello Ivan

Excellent close-up photo of this insect with
very fine POV and framing, excellent cotrast,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-05-28 14:15]

Hello Ivan,
Another wonderful macro shot from you,very good sharpness and nice colors.TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-28 15:28]

Hi Ivan,magnificent composition and pov to take at the best this beetle whit its long long antennae! Very impressive sharpness,total focus and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello Ivan,
What a lovely capture of a splendid insect. Superb colors and details.
Wonderful composition with perfect clarity and excellent exposure.
Fantastic contrast against the green background.

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful image and I do not doubt the correctness of your identification of these species - both beetle and plant - for one moment. Interesting the observation about nitrification and exhaust fumes possibly being favourable for them. Thank you for the information about how the photo was taken - it is always useful. And for a very good image and note. Enjoy what is left of the Sunday. Best wishes.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-05-29 21:05]

Hello dear friend Ivan! How are you? Fine, I hope so!
What a great shot of this intriguing insect.Great sharpness and fine details.I love all the environment.Well done! TFS
Have a nice week!

Another Great shot Ivan
Perfect diagonal composition, Beautifull Light and colors, Superb sharp details

TFS Thijs

Ciao Ivan, beautiful longhorn with fantastic details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
An interesting beetle captured from perfect POV with fine details and great sharpness. Colours are also nice and composition is excellent. Well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-06-01 2:36]

Hi Ivan.
Nice series of pictures with cute insects on the leaves. This one is also perfect. I like great wide DOF and sharpness of all insect (with long antennas) and details of the leaves. Diagonal structure of the image is fine. Clearness of the colours and transparency (clarity) of the image are exceptional too. Kind regards and TFS.
P.S. I am very touched with words of your heartfelt congratulations. Thanks.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-05 1:59]

Bonjour Ivan,
Missed this impressive Longhorn-beetle. What an apparition! Lovely stripes on the antennae and a most interesting coloration of thorax and abdomen, perfectly shown on this well presented picture. Excellent!
Bon dimanche à vous deux

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