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Calochortus apiculatus

Calochortus apiculatus
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-22
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-03-10 12:34
Viewed: 3120
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Calochortus apiculatus (Three spot Mariposa-lily)
and a Yellow velvet beetle.

This rare lily is found in the S.W. part of Alberta. I was lucky to also find a Yellow velvet beetle on one of it's petals.

The Mariposa lily grows up to 30cm tall and can be found growing in dry open or partly shaded areas in the foothills to montane in S.W. Alberta.

The bulb of the Mariposa lily were eaten by indigenous people and was known to be sweet and nutritious and could be eaten cooked or raw.

Cosmosalia chrysocoma
The Yellow Velvet Beetle or Flower Longhorn as it is also known by is a common insect that is found throughout Alberta. The beetle can be found in forested areas with flowers in mid summer.

It's size not including the antennae is approximately 17 mm.

Hand held, Canon 70D

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-03-10 14:53]

Hi Janice,useful post,2 specie in a same pic,the flowers is beautiful,well exposed for the best white,and the sharpness is perfect too,to have great details on the small beetle too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Wonderful capture of two subjects, Janice.
Both complement each other into a charming composition.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Janice,
Another interesting image with excellent clarity and sharp details. The photographers note are interesting. I like the natural colors of this nice specie.
Thanks for sharing!

hello Janice
un bel ensemble insect et fleur, avec des détails intéressants
Bonne journée

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-03-11 0:37]

Hello Janice,
Beautiful presentation of this flower with beetle. Good composition, fine sharpness and natural colors.

hallo Janice
very nice composition with beautiful colours and nice light
thanks gr lou

Hello Janice,
Commenting little late, after going through about this species in the web ad well as your NOTE.
Lucky to find such species. Well captured if we talk units exposure as well as composition. Details are quite well.
Thanks for sharing,
Best regards,

Hello Janice

Beautiful environmental photo for this insect,
fine POV, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Hi, Janice. Nice sharp image of both subjects.Three spot Mariposa-lily)and a Yellow velvet beetle. Good clarity, nice exposure given the small size of the beetle. Thanks for sharing.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-03-13 6:37]

Hi Janice,
Lucky to find such beautiful pieces at once.
Amazing natural colors and good composition with sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-03-31 23:31]

Good work, Janice. Both, flower and beetle, are well focused and enhanced by the background.
Interesting post.


Hello Janice,
a rare and lucky coincidence to find a velvet beetle seated so nicely on that hair flower of a Mariposa lily.
Shapes and details of both flower and beetle are well shown and nicely described here. Thank you!
With best regards,

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