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I am black!

I am black!
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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, 100mm f/2.8MacroØ58
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-05 3:55
Viewed: 4973
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
My first insect this year on a narcissus flower!! It's the burst of spring!!
Order: Coleoptera
Genre Meloe, Blister beetles or Oil beetles.
These curious coleopters are vegetarians in an adult state and do not have membranous wings. The large corpulent females lay their eggs on the ground. When the larvae (called triongulins) emergent, they go up on the flowers (in particular the dandelion) and there await the arrival of a bee. While the bee butine, the small larva of Meloe clutches itself with the hairs of the bee and voyage to its nest in the ground. At this place, the larva eats the egg of bee and transforms itself into a bent blind larva resembling that of a cockchafer. It eats honey and grows bigger until becoming a third kind of larva which will transform itself into nymph then as an adult.
ISO 200, NeatImage for the noise.

jossim, ALIRIZA, pvs, dew77, red45, marhowie, thistle, PDP, scottevers7, fiyo, cecilia, firelord, cmarzano has marked this note useful
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wow, what a big black metallic bug, didier! :-)
excellent close-up with good details.
i like the pov & composition together with the nice
yellow and orange flower.
well seen & captured, thor.

Superb picture.
Great colors and detail.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-05 4:28]

Belle composition Didier!

Les couleurs sont fort jolie et éclatante. La netteté est bonne et l'éclairage parfait.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.


Hi Didier,
What a marvelous shot, perfect focus! Details, colors, sharpness, POV and composition are excellent. Well done. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

bonjour didier
merci pour les precisions.
tres reussie cette photo, l'insecte est net et j'aime beaucoup les reflets sur son dos.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-04-05 5:04]

Hi Didier,

An excellent macro shot and what a colors,very well seen and captured,unfortunatly we have to wait a while longer on the flowers,well done and TFS


This is a great capture.
Colours are outstanding especially the way they are arranged in the composition, they create a fantastic contrast to the black beetle. Shaprpess is good as well
Excellent work - a favorite!
TFS - Shir

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-05 5:11]

Hello Didier!
Excellent close up.Sharpness,colors,framing,POV and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-04-05 6:24]

Bonjour Didier!
Congratulations for your first insect this year! Very nice macro, I love colours of flower. Beetle is detailed and its black body suits perfect colorfull flower. Very Spring, very joyfull.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-04-05 7:03]

Voici une bien jolie composition ! Belles couleurs et luminosité de printemps. Compliments et merci Didier.

What a great close up. Great colors, bg, POV, DOF, great detail, Perfect in every way, TFS Kyle

Hi Didier,
Difficult light, and with a dark subject and very light surface..But you've handled it well. Sharp detail, with very good DOF, and a great POV. Well composed,
Well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-05 18:58]

Excellente macro du printemps Didier, vraiment beau les contrastes entre la fleur et l'insecte. Belle réussite. Merci.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-05 19:07]

Hello Didier, good shot. Nice composition. I think the BG is a little over exposed on the petals and undeexposed on the beetle, a fill flash may have helped here. It's a good colourful composition. Well done.

Hi Didier,
Excellent macro! Nice saturated colors and sharp detail. Great sheen on the bug.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-04-06 1:37]

Hello Didier, amazing close up; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent !

Hello Dider,
Lovely shot! The colours here look very nice and picture has some good details.
I can't wait to see the females. They should start to apear soon. I'm always amazed of how huge they can be.

Hi Didier,
Excellent macro shot!
Very sharp image, good lighting and great colours,
well composition with nice framing.
Thanks for sharing!

Excellent shot,like the sheen on the bug...
Well done...

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-12 15:03]

Hi Didier,
perfect shot
Details, colors and sharpness are excellent.
Well done


Otra esplendida toma de M. violaceus con la vision de sus mandibulas clasicas dela familia.
Una ficha completa en esta pagina http://herramientas.educa.madrid.org/animalandia/conocer/taxon.php?nombre=Coleoptera

Hi Didier!
To see Meloe species in such place - it is not easy. Usually they just walking on the ground surface :) Picture is very colourful and interesting, and even if DOF would be a little better (especially if I compare it with your pictures of flying insects which are amazing :>) - I like it.
By the way, just for fun, please see < ahref="http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=102500">here to see similar species, Meloe proscarabaeus :)
Have a vey nice Sunday and Merry Christmas!

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