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Copyright: Willie Miles (willie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-18
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-23 1:04
Viewed: 14748
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Predacious Ground Beetle ( Oogpisters ) Family carabidae, Anthia and related genera.

Length 3 - 60mm
As their name implies, nearly all ground beetles are incapable of flight. They rely mainly on their speed to escape.
Ground beetles of the genus Anthia and related genera secrete an abdominal substance of some organic acid, for example formic acid, which they are able to squirt out in a strong jet at an attacker. The jet has has a range of up to 30cm and can blind a small domestic animal if not treated immediately. the substance can also harm the human eye and causes severe pain if it touches the skin. A warning, dont pick up this beetle as it can give you a nasty bite.
Ground beetles are fierce predators and prey on insects such as grasshoppers and caterpillars.
They are extremely territorial and will not hesitate to defend their terriory against any other beetles wishing to use the same hunting ground.

I found this specimen along a dirt road close to Polokwane. He was very illusive and " although I tried to get a macro of his left eye for you guys, I ended up with this."
Remember with my limitations on equipment I think this was not too bad. I post these shots irrespective because I believe this is what this site is all about. I want critism. I want you to tell me that it is a bad shot if it is. This is obviously how I will learn. So guys, don't be soft on me. Blast my pics if they need to be blasted. I will never be offended because I see your quality pics and I wish I was able to get those kind of quality shots. But beware, when I'm big, I'll get me some fancy equipment and then this training will stand me in good stead.
In this picture and all the others I got, because the sun was already quite high in the sky, the subject threw a shadow which makes the picture look like it is not clear. If any of you have any suggestions please help here. I realised afterwards when I saw the results on my computer screen, that I under these conditions, I should probably have lowered the camera to almost ground level in order to eliminate the distraction of the shadow. Again inexperience I guess, but I decided to post anyway so that your suggestions will give me more knowledge in order to share better pics with you guys in the future.

Look forward to your comments

RAP, Luc, LordPotty, marhowie, ellis49, red45, christophe, AndyB, PDP, miqra has marked this note useful
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  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2004-11-23 3:14]
  • [2]

Willie, this is very nice. You wouldn't believe it I got hold of one yesterday afternoon. Wanted to post today but I guess it'll have to wait. Well done this macro shot is much better than the previous one. It's remarkable the results you get out of the video camera.

Points tomorrow

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-23 3:53]
  • [2]

Gran POV con adecuada calidad Willie... teniendo en cuenta la cámara utilizada.
Buenos detalles con acertado encuadre.
Excelente nota tambien.

Great POV with suitable quality Willie... considering the used camera.
Good details with guessed right frame. Excellent note also.

That's a very nice shot Willie, just a bit more space in from could have been better.
Well done

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-23 4:48]
  • [2]

Nice top-view, Willie.
I am very satisfied because I do not have to write of critic for this one. You splendidly made it yourself. I would be even tried to criticize your note: I find a lot of relevant information about your subject there but what I read between lines and joins me more it is the need that you have to improve and to progress. It joins me particularly. All that I can say to you it is that alone the experience really counts, by try and errors, especially errors, and several times one obtains satisfactory results.
Thank you

Oh Willie,(sorry),if only you could see my first ground beetle pic.I took it about a week ago and deleted it a few days later.Yours is much much better.Mine wouldn't keep still.Its like they've always got somewhere important to be...off they go...no time to even stop and say hello.
This is really ok. I've had a go at sharpening a little (workshop) but,as usual,the background suffers a little.

nice shot, good details and colours, maybe a little dark.
composition is good and so is the contrast with the redisch ground.

Willie, Good dia. comp. & detail with your video cam. Excellent note..Well done!

Amazing how you can get this with your video cam.
Nice colours and details.
A very great and informative note.
Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-23 9:00]

Good, contrasty shot. Nice BG and sharpness. Very good note.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2004-11-23 11:48]

No it's not bad, it's good, I don't know what type of camera you have, so continue like this to inform us about the nature from RSA.
I stayed myself 8 years in Malawi, but without good camera.
Nice photo.
Jean louis.

Great detail, and thank for you note, Great shot macro Willie

  • Great 
  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-23 13:13]

A nice shot.
Very good detail and considering the light was strong you've managed this shot very well indeed.
Great work,well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-23 14:48]

This one looks fairly large? nice shot again Willie but I do feel you are stretching your equipment here, and for a video camera I'm continually impressed with the shots you get.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-24 1:01]

You are standing on the right side of it. Very nice image of and insect that I have oftens seen, but yet have to capture.

Thanks for posting

  • Great 
  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-11-24 12:12]

Awesome capture, very nice detail, great shot!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-25 9:00]

Willie, nice macro with great constrast. The background highlights the "blackness" of the bug. Great.


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