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Flower Chafer

Flower Chafer
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world, Flora of the Sydney region, Australia, Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-12 17:52
Viewed: 4602
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have known for many years that my surname was spelt the same way as a group of beetles, and that these beetles were found through Europe, but I didn’t know we had them in Australia. I also knew that during December and January quite a good selection of beetles can be found feeding on nectar produced in abundance by flowering Sydney Red Gum (Angophora costata), or Kajimbourra as the local Aboriginals call it.
This summer has been fairly ordinary, the weather often cool, dry and overcast; not the usual warm and sunny with occasional rainstorms. We are also still in near-drought conditions that have prevailed for the past 5-6 years, so insect and flower/nectar productivity is well below normal. Nevertheless, when a rare sunny day came along and I had some time to spare, off I went and eventually I found some flowering Kajimbourra and their attendant beetles.
Frustratingly, I soon found that photographing glossy beetles on cream-coloured flowers in the midday sun is not ideal (lesson 1) and most of the shots I took are not good enough to post. The beetles were likewise not helpful, insiting on burying their heads in the flowers, then taking off when they had drunk enough nectar (lesson 2).
So after sorting through the shots of that day I thought this one was OK, and I have cropped it to illustrate the beetle (18mm) and the beautiful large flowers (45mm) of the Kajimbourra.
The beetle is a Punctate Flower Chafer (Polystigma punctatum; Family Scarabaeidae) and it has a preference for Angophora flowers. According to the info I got from the Australian Museum website, this is one of the most common of around ten species found in the Sydney region (learn something new every day). They are an unusual beetle, because they fly with their wing cases closed not lifted as in most beetles. The beetle has a distribution through much of coastal eastern Australia and is found in woodland, heath and open forest.

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Good shot Chris. Sharp and crisp. Nice colors. The subject is just a bit too high on the frame imo. But overall a very good picture of this chafer. And excellent note.

Chris, Good details & great colors with the Fuji..I like the Sydney Red Gum here, very beautiful & well seen. The Flower Chafer in this shot accents the Red Gum by its position & relative size within the frame. Great note..TFS!!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-13 8:06]

Wonderful composition! This looks somewhat like a painting. The colors and the sharp details are very nice! TFS

I aggree with with René, subject a bit too high on the frame.

Wow! I love this flowers.. maybe more than this bug! Great done. I love your photo very much!
PS. Did you watch London Masters? ;-)

Of all the bugs I like the Scarabs the most. This is you posted I have not seen before. It's a great idea to show it with the lovely flowers. Nice shot, Chris. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-14 9:46]

Nice work Chris, the composition is good, I like the flowers too. I'd like to see the beetle a littel sharper. Good job.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-14 12:51]

What a shot Chris. Very good detail and overall nice composition. Very well done

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-21 15:09]

Chris, nice note, nice title, nice photo.

A colorful shot. I like composition and sharpness too.

Hello Chris.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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