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Minotaur Beetle

Minotaur Beetle
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Copyright: Jose Ramon Pato (JORAPAVI) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 677 W: 0 N: 629] (4643)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Kenko extention tube 36mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-22 11:55
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Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Typhaeus typhoeus
Dung beetles can be conveniently divided into 3 groups, Rollers, Tunnellers and Dwellers. Rollers are far more successful in the tropics than they are in temperate areas. Rollers are species who make a burrow some way away from the dung they are going to use and then collect small to medium sized lumps of dung to role away from the source and into their burrows. We only have one 'Roller' in Britain, this is Typhaeus typhoeus the Minotaur Beetle, this amazing animal can dig burrows up to one metre deep. Mostly it likes to work with sheep and rabbit dung, it is very active through the wet winter months but spends the hot summer dry asleep under the ground. Generally the female does most of the digging and the male spends most of his time collecting the dung for her. Down in her tunnel she digs a number of side burrows each of which she fills with dung and then lays one egg in before back filling the burrow a bit more with soil

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-22 11:57]

Hi Jose,very very great pic,the details and the sharpness are incredibles,fantastic the note too,very very good work,Luciano

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-22 12:01]

Hi Jose. Now this is a very clear close up. the detail is first class. good natural colours. you have very sharp focusing. with good use of the light. well done. TFS.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-01-22 12:08]

Hola Jose,
great depth of field to show the voluminous beetle and its structures with excellent sharpness. Flash light is well balanced. Point of view and general composition are very attractive.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-01-22 12:10]

Bonjour Jose
Très belle prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et lumière. Excellents détails, bravo.
Amicalement Robi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-22 12:18]

Hello Jose,
Fantastic capture of this interesting Beetle nicely positioned on a branch. Excellent focus and very sharp details. A very fine neutral background too. Excellent work!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-22 12:20]

Hi Jose

A very good macro of this very interesting insect. I think it's our modern day Triceratops :)
The details you managed to get are really nice and sharp and the light on it is also great. Very good contrast with the BG and excellent fill-in effect from the flash.
Perhaps just a bit shallow on the DOF, but still a very nice capture.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-22 12:26]

Hola José Ramón,
Superb capture of a Minotaur beetle with fine details and sharpness. The reflection of the flash is not disturbing, the POV is ideal and the composition is excellent.
Well done and TFS!
Un gran saludo,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-22 12:46]

Hi Jose,

A wonderful close-up of this beetle. I love the pose on the branch. Good natural colors with a metallic look. Fine details of the body, face, legs, and antennae.


Hola Jose Ramon,
what a stuning macro-shot, perfect focus with great details, ideal deeph of field, splendid colours and lighting and very beautifull background,

Hola Jose Ramon,
This is a very fine macro with such closeness in total sharpness, real colour and details to enjoy and view the Beetle with a great notes
muchas gracias

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-22 13:23]

Hola José,
la primara vez que veo un sujeto así...
bello trabajo y detalles,
sorprendido estoy,
saludos amigo.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-22 13:24]

Hi Jose

A great close-up shot. Great colour and exposure. The detail is superb.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-22 14:32]
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Hola Jose Ramón
¡Impresionante el bichejo éste con esa imponente armadura! Con este enfoque tan espectacular parece que se sale de la pantalla. Menos mal que sólo lo parece. Por cierto, ¿qué tamaño tiene?
Felicidades por esta foto tan extraordinaria y muchas gracias por compartirla.
Un fuerte abrazo

Ciao Jose,
splendido primo piano di questo scarabeo, che conosco bene.
Sei riuscito a mettere in evidenza le sue caratteristiche più evidenti, le lunghe corna laterali ed il cornetto centrale, che lo rendono così inconfondibile.

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  • krk Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 2 N: 0] (78)
  • [2008-01-22 21:07]

Very good composition and background. Sharpness and colors are excellent.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-22 22:55]

Impressionnant scarabé bien mis en évidence par un bon cadrage.
Bonne journée.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-23 0:25]

Hi Jose,

An excellent diagonally composed macro,a good DOF,a nice BG,superb camerawork,tfs


Hello Jose,

Great picture of this beetle. Light is well managed. Very good POV, DOF and focus. Great sharpness and beautiful detail. Very nice composition also. Nice natural colours.

Hello Jose
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect details,use of flash and composition,
Superb shot my friend :o)

Good luck

Hi Jose,
A beautiful capture of this nice looking beetle. Very well composed with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hola Jose

Another fantastic beetle shoot. I have not seen this species before either. Amazing detail and sharpness, great DOF.


Nice work Jose,
Great POV, DOF, and sharp details.
Nice BG and color, good use of your flash :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-23 8:28]

Hi Jose.
Stunning macro shot with fantastic details and sharpness. The beetle is amazing, the pictured scene is so beautiful too. I like the composition, created by twig and insect, wonderful colourful smooth BG. My congratulations.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-23 11:32]

Hello Jose,
great close-up shot from very good POV and sharp capture of this nice beetle,
very good details and DOF
best regards, Dejan

Hello José Ramón,
I can understand how this good looking fellow got his name..!
Great details have been captured in the beetle, as he gives an interesting pose on four legs...
A well balanced composition with a strong diagonal!
Pablo -

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-01-27 14:40]

Hola José Ramón,
Magnífico ejemplar de escarabajo. Excelente punto de vista, luz, profundidad de campo y composición. Muy buena nota, como de costumbre.
Saludos, José M.

Dear Jose Ramon!
This is really great picture, so sharp and detailed. I like a lot beautiful colours and metalic reflection in this beetle. By the way, I believe that it is not very common situation to see this species in such pose (this is epigeic beetle known as walking on the ground surface).
Beautiful work my Friend!
Best greetings,

Hi José, me again,
the same excellent technique, and here you present us a truly sensational beetle, the Typhaeus. It must be hard for Hollywood to invent any extraterrestrial monsters that are'nt already represented in our fauna. Thanks also for the excellent note. I make this a fovorite of mine.
My best regards

Precioso documento y muy bien captado a pesar de su complicada y ancha forma. Encuadre sobresaliente y casi todo en foco.

Hallo Jose
This is really close as close can be. Stunning clarity on the detail of this insect. A real top of the range shot. I think if I wanted to I can count each fine hair on its body. Amazing details on the eyes. A great image, with excellent focus and sharpness which you presented in a most specialized manner. Thanks for sharing. I appreciated this one very much, as it is a great image.
Kind regards from a very cold and wet South Africa

Hi Jose Ramon

Technically and sceintificalyy Ggeat macro capture of this interesting dung beetle having tree projections on its body. Wonderful details, sharpness, DOF/POV and composition.
TFS and cheers,


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