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Star Wars Candidate

Star Wars Candidate
Photo Information
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: 2004-11-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony PDX10
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, Weevils [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-28 12:06
Viewed: 11692
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This guy could easily qualify for a leading role in Star Wars

Lily Weevils Leliesnuitkewers ( Order Coleoptera - family: Curculionidae: Brachycerinae )

Size : 5 – 60mm

Number of Species: Hundreds

Robust, strongly sculptured, mostly brownish beetles, though some have coloured patterns. Like all weevils, the head is produced into a snout (rostrum) with the mouthparts at the end. The antennae are elbowed. They have fused wing cases and cannot fly.

Where found:
Usually crawling on the ground or on lilies and aloes

Slow moving beetles that feign death if touched or attacked. Some species are very long-lived, up to 30 years

Adults feed on the leaves of bulbs, aloes and related plants. Larvae feed on the bulbs and growing points of aloes.

I found this guy walking in my backyard. I took quite a few shots of him and I hope you enjoy the image.
The specimen was about 18mm long.

Shooting Details
Camera - Sony DSr-PDX10P
No Flash
Tripod No
F/Length 10mm
F Number F/3.4
Exposure Time 1/50sec

Cropped and resized for web.

Luc, JeanMichel, gerhardt, Robbrown, christophe, LordPotty, RAP, thistle, mumek, red45, PDP, roconnell, greghume, DigiSpy, sAner, j_wyatt, Andrieux, TAZ, mrower, Phoki, olontur has marked this note useful
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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-28 12:15]
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May the Force will be with you, Willie Skywalker!
Sharp and clear. Good DOF and POV. A great one!

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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2004-11-28 12:24]
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Very good macro Willie.
Good sharpness, DOF and colours.
Very well done.

This is an unbelievable one, Willie! If you didn't mentioned what it was, I would have thought of a bronze sculpture created by an imaginative artist. Sure we don't have these here. Your photo is perfect (colors, DOF, sharpness), and you are showing us a really different beetle. I like your close framing and the ground surface matching very well with the rough body.

Willie, you are setting a standard now wich is very high. This macro shot is faultless, even for SLR standards. Excellent work. The improvement still amazes me. Well done.

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  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2004-11-28 13:11]
  • [3]

Fantastic bug.

as you say a real star wars beastie the texture is particularly well seen in both the sand and the carapace, we have them too in a lot different forms but the one called Vine weevil is the worst the grubs eat most roots on a plant and they are not fussy about the type and they are all female to boot and just walk round laying 1000's of eggs. are yours the same?

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-28 14:29]
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Creo que has cometido un error Willie... definitivamente es el ganador de los nominados.
Impresionante captura por lo singular de la especie.
Excelentes detalles con un colorido que parece irreal.
Otra gran presentación tuya y de tu video cámara.

I believe that you have committed a error Willie... definitively is the winner of the nominates.
Impressive capture by the singular of the species.
Excellent details with a colorful one that seem unreal.
Another great presentation yours and of your video camera.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-11-28 17:00]
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Looks like stone sculpture.Beautiful capture.Very good DOF and details.
Thanks for sharing

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  • pmende Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-11-28 23:11]
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Love the title, definately Star Wars material! Great photo, the texture on his shell is interesting and the colours of the pebbles matches the bug beautifully. Well done

Great shot Willie it looks really big.
Good details
Well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-29 4:58]

This macro is from Clone Wars :-) Superb details, looks very 3D.

Magnificent macro of this bug! Even the dirt looks beautiful! Interesting mustard colouring. Very well done!

beautiful cleanness for expose time 1/50 without tripod, I took the liberty to touch up your photo, Very great macro Willie

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-29 16:18]

I think the word is strudy! That's one solid looking beetle, hard to imagine what environment that has evolved for! Great shot, I've never seen a weevil of this magnitude, thanks for posting.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-11-29 16:53]

Hi Willie
You have arrived! This is a super image, no nits, great texture detail and compo - Ilike the zebra stripes on the legs. Mooi gedoen!

Fantastic title for this incredible creature, it is really well chosen. It is an unbelievable picture, I am trying to imagine a 60mm one on the top of my table. This time nothing to say about the quality of your video cam except "excellent".
Congratulations Willie.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-29 23:11]

WOW Willie, this is one of your sharpest shots yet and it has superb DOF and detail. Very well done,

Thanks for posting

I want to ride on it. yes it could be a Star Wars exra without any trouble.
Excellent capture, so much detail for only 18mm...beautiful. Great DoF, composition and colour. As Rob says the texture is very impressive. A wonderful capture, now a favourite.

It's lovely to see this one on a picture and noot in live.
Realy a very good one.

Now this beetle has some serious armour. Fantastic detail and composition. I like how the beetle fills the frame with enough terrain visible to suggest he is on a quest. Well done.

Hi Willie. Nice shot. And a very nice candidate indee. I wanna see it in the next production.


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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-12-01 13:10]

WOW, I wouldn't like finding this monster in my bed ....excellent shot!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-03 10:49]

Willie, such an odd creature so well portrayed. Excellent sharpness. The details are pretty clear.



Whow! It's looks like this insekt comes out of a siencefiction film.
Great shot and good sharpness aswel.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-11 6:02]

Is this fellow for real? You are right - definite Star Wars material. 5-60 mm - they can grow quite big then. THankyou Willie for showing him, Janice

Very fine macro shot dear Willie! This bug is amazing and you have captured it very well. Good colors and details! Very fine job!

As others have said, it is a great photo that looks almost man made. Maybe one of mcdonald's kids toys. I have noticed that the macro photo's tend to give many of nature's little gems a surreal look. the focus is great, dop is dead on.

Wow. With the exception of the star wars reference, I have never seen anything like this. Great macro, color, DOF, composition and informative note.

Incredible design. Apart from the fact the picture is well taken it certainly broadens your knowledge to see such an incredible creature as this.

I'm without words after browsing through your collection. If found this one on the intro page and decided to put a comment here to begin with.

The insect really could be Darth Vader's companion, you are absolutely right. The same blackness and signs of armor. Sharp, a very good DOF, good colors, a very detailed note and...

You are creating a tribute to nature, my compliments!

What a strange insect !! But it is well rendered. The background is really in harmony with the subject. The light is soft. It is really perfect. Well done !!

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-01-19 14:04]
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Uwielbiam zdjęcia macro, a to jest ¶wietne.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-03 3:59]

Wonderfull shot! I love the sharp details, even the sandgrains are razorsharp. Well done. I love the title aswell.

Excellent :)

I'm impressed that a video cam can be used to capture images of so quality and you can be very proud of your photos ... regards ... eduardo

I'm impressed with the quality of this picture.
The macro is perfect. It is possible to see details from the beatle.
Great Willie

Wow, amazing photo and very interesting creature. Amazing detail and such an odd looking creature. Does look like something that could be in a Star Wars movie.

Very nice Macro, looks like an Space Movie.
Very sharp
Good Pov and Dof.

very sharp and very well taken.. it looks so fierce.. even though in the real world it is very very small.. u did a great job on capturing this photo. tfs

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ****
Excellent :)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-20 12:53]

Waouh ! C'est macro est incroyable et géniale ! C'est beau, c'est original et excellent par les couleurs et la netteté.
Great, congratulations !!!

I just had to click on this picture to see what he looked like in detail. What a great angle and you are right he looks like he could have come from another planet. Interesting information too. Thanks so much for posting this shot.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-08 11:04]

What an interesting creature! I have never seen anything like that. Great photo with sharp details and excellent exposure. Thanks for showing us this very unusual insect, Willie. : )

excelent shot. Nice macro.


Great title for an even greater picture! The details are great.

Have you put a filter on the upper half of the background?



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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2005-08-14 11:34]

5 stars photo

great, it almost looks unreal, TFS Ori

Hello Willie,

A superb creature and a great shot!
It looks much like Brachycerus congestus at http://www.beetlesofafrica.com/beetle_detail.asp?beetleid=312&page=1&count=y.

Best regards,

It just goes to show, you don't have to travel long distances to get good photos, just look in your back yard! Great macro shot, I am surprised at the depth of field you managed to get, well done!

He is so weird!!! I could not have invented him!

Hello Willie,
You are right; it is actaully a star wars candidate who was stuck at 98 points & I will make him do century on TN. Good luck. TFS

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