Beetles.

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These nicely colored beetles were getting it on over at the pond the last couple of days, there are green, copper and black ones.

No idea on the species so an id would be much appreciated.

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I used the 200 f4 micro and a 2x tc for the extra magnification and working distance, but losing the 2 stops made the background darker than I would like, I will try again tomorrow maybe with the 6T instead if I can get my lens hood off, it seems to be stuck again.

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Good image.

Just a beetle to me. Haven't a clue.

But, thats not unusual for me. Just clueless.
 
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Thanks Gale, if its not in my John Acorn the Nature Nut Bugs of British Columbia insect book I am usually pretty lost on id's.

Hi Virginia, thanks for commenting, I had the flash on the bracket and ttl-bl at about -1-1/3 ev and the camera aperture priority and shutter was 1/60, the flash is just enough to fill in shadows and help freeze any movement, with out the teleconverter the background would have been brighter.

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You never cease to amaze me w/your cool bug shots! Would love to be a fly one the wall when you are having a photo session w/the littler buggers.... :D
 
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Thanks for the comments Bob, Leigh, Frank and Gordon, I am not happy with the busy foreground I think I will take another crack at them and try to get one on a grass blade instead of the seed part.

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More beetles

I won't start a new thread I will just add these in here.

My first Tiger Beetle, I went for a visit at a friends in Comox and I guess he has the perfect conditions for Tiger Beetles, I will definitely be going back for another shoot.

Some more info I found. this is a Pacific Tiger Beetle, Cicindela oregona, common over much of BC.

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And another unidentified beetle. And this is a Desmocerus auripennis of the Longhorn familly


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Martin
 
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Martin, I can't ID your original beetle but I took a picture of a similar one last year here in Kamloops. Mine had a bright blue caprice (is that the right word?) and a green head. I'm just in the process of getting on to Pbase so I can't show it to you. Your shots are really nice BTW!!
 
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Hey Martin!

After my long absence I have to work through all your marvellous shots. Bob the Spiderman alerted me to have a look.
Although I am a specialist on beetles I'm a bit hard put to give names to all of them (more than 400.000 described species world-wide), especially since my geographical bias is in Europe and Asia. But I will try to do my best.

Anyway, the very first pic is a leaf beetle, most likely of the genus Plateumaris. They are commonly found at wet places sitting on reeds and sedges and as you already realized they are highly variable in coloration (all these variants are probably one and the same species).

For an ID of the tiger beetle I have to consult a book (there are dozens of similar looking species in the US). The beetle with the red wings is also a leaf beetle but that is all I can say for the moment.

Tricky to shoot tiger beetles isn't it?

Generally, the quality of your macros is outstanding. I also have a question concerning your other posts, but I will bring them up again and ask my question there.

Looking forward to seeing more of your work
 
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Hi Harry, thank you for the identifications, its always nice to know what your shooting and some basic knowledge of the habitat and behaviors.

Those Tiger Beetles are something else, they move so fast, maybe next time I will watch to see if they catch something, they seemed to be mating and laying eggs in the sand also, the larva sound interesting and just as veracious, it seem to be the perfect environment for them the ground was damp all the time from seepage a sunny hill side and hundreds of Mason Bees and other wild bee's, ant's and wasp's coming to bank to gather mud or hunt what was there.

Glad you liked my pictures, did you see the Giant Water Bug, I still have it living in a aquarium and I want to get some nicer pictures of it, I just feed it a goldfish a couple of times a week.

Martin
 

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