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Golden Christmas Beetle

Golden Christmas Beetle
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-20 6:47
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Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As my 50D is being repaired here is another one from my archives from our trip to Australia more than 5 years ago.

Golden Christmas Beetle. (Anoplognathus porosus)

Belongs to the family Scarabidae that is related to the European Flower beetles. There are 35 species of this genus in Australia, some of which are called Christmas Beetles as they are most plentiful around December.
Their colourful iridescence also makes them look like decorations.

This one closely resembles the White Christmas beetle (A. pallidicollis) but it has more porous-looking wing cases and is a little more colourful. Both species, like this one, are about 2.5 cm long.

Christmas Beetles are destructive, many of them eating Eucalyptus leaves, as shown here. This beetle and leaf had dropped on to a picnic table shaded by a eucalyptus tree.
The droppings and eaten parts of the leaf can be seen on the wood of the table. The damage they cause can be extensive, often killing the tree.

Their larvae eat roots of various plants that include grasses.

This image was taken with my old compact camera hand-held. It was moderately cropped and after size reduction it was sharpened a little.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-20 7:00]

Hi Ivan,
Splendid photo of this interesting species, TFS!

hallo Ivan
very beautiful picture from this with great details and also beautiful colours
the sharpness and light are very good
very nice to see this beetle
thanks greeting lou

hello Ivan

excellent macro photo from your archives,
fine POV on this beetle and the way with
the leaf it is framed, excellent focus
sharpness and details, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-20 7:25]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice photo in superb sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours and an excellent diagonal composition. Good quality for a compact camera in 2005.

Hello Ivan,
Very attractive composition of the beetle and the leaf of Eucalyptus; perfect sharpness and wonderful colours. Best wishes, Pambos

Hi Ivan
Beautiful insect and impressive photo with very good composition and wonderful colours. The sharpness is excellent.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-20 8:10]

Bonjour Ivan,
Interesting posting! Such a beautiful creature..which makes such damages! Sometimes I think that Eucalyptus trees are not the best trees either.
Excellent shot, well presented with perfect sharpness and pleasant composition.
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Ivan,

that an beautiful beetle from your archive.
Good of sharpness and pov.
Very fine metalic colors.
Never been seen before.


Nice photo of this species. regards Yiannis

Hi Ivan,
great view of this species. Perfect sharpness. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful macro from your archives. I like great details, nice colours, excellent POV and composition. Well done!

What this does...is shows many that great images can come from less expensive cameras...and while I do have Leica, it is great mostly for landscapes. It does them and photos such as this as no other can. Now as a backup, I am using a cross platform camera. The Lumix LX35. I am finding it has the capabilities of imaging such as this, and with its superb motion sensing...well also at 400mm 35 equil. Fine archival Ivan.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-20 9:33]

Hi Ivan.
What a clear and fine close-up. I have not seen this charming species before. Its colouration as well a shapes and their features are very attractive. Details of the insect and surroundings are ultimate. Bravo. Excellent job.

Ciao Kruys.
Ottima nitidezza ,molto bello il colore dello Scarabeo , buoma la composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Ciao Ivan, superb macro of lovely beetle, fantastic metallic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
What a beauty.... Lovely natural colors and splendid clarirty.
It is a superb composition with such nice details and good focus.

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful capture of the Golden Christmas Beetle, superb sharpness, a very nice composition with a very good visual impact
Best regards

Hello Ivan,
What a beautiful colorful beetle! Never seen one like this before. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-20 11:31]

Hello Ivan.
Superb macro of the Golden Christmas Beetle, the detail is spot on with lovely colours and loghting, nicely composed with a fine pose. Great Work.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ivan. Intrigant metallic colours/reflections here and very good DOF.


Good evening friend Ivan,
Lovely shiny creature with fine colors, sharpness and detail. The depth of field looks quite pleasant as well. In my opinion the image can be just slightly corrected by decreasing the brightness or rather increasing the contrast, but that is just a suggestion. Thanks for sharing and I hope to see more images from you with the repaired 50D, soon!
George Veltchev

Hello Ivan !
Wow, this beetle is a real jewel, with the metallic colors on his back ! It's really wonderful. You have made an excellent capture of it, we can see each and every little detail, it's very interesting, as well as your note. Beautifully composed, from a great POV. Very well done !

Hello Ivan
what a beauty !! i love the soft color of this Golden Christmas Beetle, by us, this kind of beetles are mostly black, colors,sharpness andcomposition are perfect as always
TFS and have a good night

merhaba Ivan dostum
today, I great coleopteran shot from your archive. it like a jewel with glossy wings. superb colors and great sharpness of focus. POV/DOF and composition also great. good notes as always.
I hope you will start to new shots by your 50D after a short time.
çok teşekkür ederim. iyi geceler.

Sad about your 50D, Ivan!
Very well captured bug, my friend!The depth you've achieved is just perfect!
Very well presented overall!

Hallo Ivan
Only two words needed to describe this wonderful image, filled with lots of qualities to appreciate, lovely bright colours and stunning details and shown with excellent clarity. Perfect Photography and that is no fib. Brilliant camerawork! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Ivan,
Fantastic! Beautiful capture. regards

very nice photo output Ivan, the POV and the composition is fine!
TFS Nasos

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-23 0:35]

Hello Argus,
very interesting presentation with sharpness and clarity. I like the shines and the way the leaf is places.
Such a wonderful performance by the camera.


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