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ready to attack
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.4, 1/121 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-05 19:24
Viewed: 4048
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Emus hirtus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Staphylinidae - Rove beetles

This is a very interesting beetle. It belongs to a very large family, characteristic for their shortened elytrae. They do not really look like beetles because of that. You could say they cannot fly with shortened wings, but it's only the first pair looking like this. Underneath there's a second pair of functional membraneous wings, folded in a very complex way.

Rove beetles are mostly verocious predators. So is the presented species. You may find it on horse and cow dung and also on carrion - it stays there and observe the area. When it sees the fly it runs very fast and kills it - look for it huge hook-like mandibles.
When teased, it raises its abdomen to scare the enemy, as does this one.

Most of the rove beetles are very small - this one is not, it can grow up to 2 cm. It's also quite colourful with dark blue and yellow stripes. This one is unfortunately not - it an old overwintering individual, worn by the heavy cold season. It will only reproduce and die soon.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-06 2:51]

Faktycznie, bardzo dziwny wyglad jak na chrzaszcza :-) Ten w dodatku wyglada jakby byl w czyms utytlany ;-) Swietna poza, bardzo ladna ostrosi no i interesujacy opic, jak zawsze.

Zawsze mnie troche te chrzaszcze przerazaly i jakos za nimi nie przepadam.
Fotka jest niezla od strony kadru i POV, troche szkoda, ze DOF nie jest troche wieksza.
Pozdrowienia :)

Very strange beetle. Good sharpness of the picture: makes identification possible (usually it's hard to identify a species just from a picture). I see that you have some good knowledge on Coleopterae. That's something I have to work on.

Regards, Petru

Well composed with very good detail and sharpness Michal. I like this pose with it "ready to attack". Excellent use of flash and well exposed. Interesting notes on this beetle also. Well done!
Thank You

Hi Michal,
Excellent close-up!
Very sharp and detailed,
great colours and its a very interesting beetle.
Well done and thank you!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-06 10:05]

Hello Michal!
Very nice close up.cross framing,details,sharpness,POV and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Nice shot Michal, good macro. I like the details, sharpness and POV. Good work! Thanks for sharing.

Good detail, well done.


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