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May bug my name

May bug my name
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/8, 1/64 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-07 1:21
Viewed: 3231
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Cockchafer or "May bug", as it is colloquially called, is a European beetle of the family of the dung beetles, the Scarabaeidae. Once abundant throughout Europe and a major pest in the periodical years of "mass flight", it has been decimated significantly in the middle of the 20th century through extensive use of pesticides and has even been locally exterminated in many regions. However, since a change in pest control beginning in the 1980s, its numbers have started to grow again.

There are three species of European cockchafers:

The Common Cockchafer, Melolontha melolontha
The Forest Cockchafer, Melolontha hippocastani
The Large Cockchafer, Penus Maximus
Melolontha pectoralis (Megerle von Mühlfeld 1812; or Germar 1824), which is very rare and occurs only in south-western Germany.
The cockchafer should not be confused with the similar European Chafer (Rhizotrogus majalis), which has a completely different life cycle, nor with the June Beetles (Phyllophaga spp.), which are native to North America, nor with the Summer Chafer (or "European June Bug", Amphimallon solstitiale), which emerges in June and has a two-year life cycle. (All of these are Scarabaeidae, have white grubs and are turf pests, too.)

Imagines (i.e., adults) of the Common Cockchafer reach sizes of 25 to 30 mm, the Forest Cockchafer is a bit smaller (20 - 25 mm). The two species can best be distinguished by the form of their Pygidium (the back end): it is long and slender in the Common Cockchafer, but shorter and knob-shaped at the end in the Forest Cockchafer. Both have a brown colour.

Life cycle
Adults appear at the end of April or in May and live only for about five to seven weeks. After about two weeks, the female begins laying eggs, which she buries about 10 to 20 cm deep in the earth. She may do this several times until she has laid between 60 and 80 eggs. The Common Cockchafer lays its eggs in fields, whereas the Forest Cockchafer stays in the vicinity of the trees. The preferred food for adults are oak leaves, but they will also feed on conifer needles.

The larvae, known as "white grubs" or "chafer grubs", hatch after some four to six weeks. They feed on plant roots, for instance potato roots. The grubs develop in the earth for some three to four years, in colder climates even five years, and grow continually to a size of about 4 to 5 cm, before they pupate in early autumn and develop into a cockchafer in some six weeks.

The cockchafer imagines overwinter in the earth at depths between 20 and 100 cm and work their way to the surface only in spring.

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Hello Heinz,

I like this edition of the Cockchafer than what you had posted yesterday due to the fact that the one eye that is and was visible is now discernable in the image. This is an outstanding view of this beetle, I have never seen these even when I spent two years in Germany and five years in France. Excellent photo,

you came realy close Heinz,
a fantastic pov-dof, and the details are super, the macro is well cropped, good job.
gr. jaap

Hi Koloska,

An amazing shot of this beetle , can say my eyes are struck by the sharpness of this pic the composition and cropping is perfect.



Hi Heinz, fantastic close-up shot. I love the light reflected in the eye. Everything is clear, sharp and detailed and the exposure is masterful. Great BG and composition. Very nicely done :)

Really close.
Good colors and details.
Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-07 3:20]

That's a face only a mother can love, Heinz. : P
But you captured it very well, with sharp details and great POV.
I like your creative composition. TFS. : )

Great close-up of this insect ! Even the hairs are sharp ! Details, colors and composition are perfect. Very well done !

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-07 4:13]

What an impressive macro ! Heinz is closer and closer, you will finish with a microsope ;-) I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations my friend and thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-07 4:54]

Ah, this is that funny bug again Heinz. I don't think I like him very much - too big for me and too scary. But an great shot of him. Well done,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-07 6:49]

Bonjour Heinz!

Bravo pour les détails et les couleurs.Merci pour l'envoie.


Hi Hainze , Excellent Colors, BG, POV, DOF, Great work, TFS Kyle

Great shot of this bug Heinz.
Superb colors and details.
Good cropping and framing.

Your note about this particular insect is very educative and illustrates what is happening in the world today in many places with the prohibition of the use of pesticides but on the other hand, we can see that the animal world has also change and the natural enemies of these pests are also increasing in number and that maintains an equilibrium in the ecology, but never less, that equilibrium is always very much unstable.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-07 14:47]

Hallo Heinz,
die sind ja gefraessig die Dinger. In dieser Perspektive wirkt der Kaefer noch unangenehmer ;-). Klasse Schaerfe und tolle Bildeinteilung.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-07 15:28]

Hi Heinz!
Very funny pose and good title. Picture itself is excellent! Superb macro with many details but first of all with bug in interesting pose. He must be really hungry :-) May bugs are very common in my place, but I didn't saw them this year yet. Great work my friend!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-05-07 16:47]

Hi Heinz, another good macro of this unusual creature. Well composed with excellent detail, colour and lighting. TFS.

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  • CCD Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 25] (422)
  • [2006-05-07 17:50]

Hi, thanks for this shot, great POV and detail. I have these fly into the house in summer, never noticed the eyes before !

Cheers, Chris

Hi Heinz,
Super macro shot! Amazing colors and detail in this shot. I love the composition and framing. This looks excellent. Very well done!

Hello Heinz,
Nice follow-up post to that great post yesterday. I like the framing here and the sharp head & eye detail I see..Cool POV as it feeds, and you have shown this very nicely.
Very well done and TFS!

Hallo Heinz,
hervorragendes Aktionsfoto des Maikäfers bei seiner zweitliebsten Beschäftigung. Exzellente Detailwiedergabe, wunderbares weiches Licht. Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-12 14:11]

Superb macro Heinz ! So clear and full of details. You even got the twinkle in its eyes ! Bravo !


Hello Heinz!
Super macro! Ostrosc, kolory i glebia ostrosci na najwyzszym poziomie. Gratuluje Mistrzowi
i pozdrawiam

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