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Beetle on Coneflower
Beetle on Coneflower

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Collection: 201006 Macro Side Challenge
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Jun 21, 2010
Aperture: 16.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Macro, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2010

Viewed: 436
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

I searched through BugGuide for quite some time and found beetles that looked kind of like this one but not exactly. I may send in an ID request ... or just accept that some beetles will remain mysteriously unidentified in my portfolio.

Handheld, 36mm + 20mm extension tubes, diffused flash.

PP - cropped, white balance, increased contrast, slight dodge on bug face, resized, sharpened, added border.


ETA: thanks to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' spiritualspatula for the ID: he's a Tumbling Flower Beetle, Latin Hoshihananomia octopunctata.

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06/25/2010 01:33:52 AM
When I first saw this guy, I thought he had to be a member of Buprestidae, but I'm actually thinking he's a Hoshihananomia octopunctata. Can't see the abdomen in your photo, so you tell me what you think. ID link
I really enjoy the lighting. Like a really mellow spotlight for him.
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06/24/2010 02:09:48 AM
This is a very beautiful photo, Mary. I love the soft colours and that sweet little beetle is lovely. It looks kind of shy.
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06/23/2010 11:43:49 PM
Interesting little fellow, and I love the soft light, what is the diffusion on the flash?
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06/23/2010 10:26:12 PM
creepy! but gorgeous!
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06/23/2010 09:55:04 PM
Nice colors
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06/23/2010 06:25:01 PM
Wow, that's a beetle? Looks almost like moth wings. Love the detail.
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06/23/2010 05:19:12 PM
You're getting an enviable richness of tone and texture, velvety smooth and detailed all at once. Nice work!
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06/23/2010 03:43:06 PM
Great! Nice colors and mysterious and beautiful detailed beetle. Is that some kind of egg he's going to?
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06/23/2010 10:37:02 AM
wow! what beautiful photograph! i like everything here, light, composition, sharpness of the subject... maybe one of your best... compliments!
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