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Cardinal beetle

Cardinal beetle
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Copyright: steve weeks (weeksy) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 30] (120)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, 105mm 1:2.8 Sigma
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-17 12:00
Viewed: 3661
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of the Cardinal beetles, I think it is Pyrochora serraticornis as it has a red head rather than the black head of P. coccinea.

Cardinal beetles are widespread and can be found on flowers, vegetation and bark in sunny weather. Both the adults and larvae are preditory on other insects.

Regards, Steve

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-17 12:21]

Hello Steve,
A very nice macro of a species of Cardinal Beetle, the combed antennae indicating the right ID. Good sharpness and adequate DOF together with a great BG, very good POV and a fine composition add to make this an excellent portrait of this species.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Steve,
Excellent shot, well composed, very sharp, with a very well balanced light. Very good focus on the head and beautiful antennas. Best regards,

I am going to say good shot from a man who knows his bugs...so please check out my post tomorrow late...I have one which nobody can find..and I mean nobody...

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-18 0:46]

Hello Steve
Beautiful and interesting capture. Great details and clear BG. Well done.

Hi Steve

Great shot of this beetle. Good sharpness and composition, good POV and DOF on a good contrasting background.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-19 15:28]

Hi Steve,
Interesting image you provided.
A superb macro. Details and beautiful contrasts.
Many regards,

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