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A not so cute clanger, one of the vine weevils, an evil little bu*ger! They are very strange when handled, they go rigid, with their legs stretched out, and play dead for about 10 minutes. This one couldn’t get out of the empty pool by himself, so I picked him up, whereupon he immediately went rigid, so I laid him on a twig and left him alone for a while, until he decided danger was past and he ‘un-froze’ himself. He was then quite willing to attend a photo shoot before being dispatched into the conifer tree. I should really have disposed of him underfoot, they do no amount of damage to the garden, but I couldn’t bring myself to do that after he had been so obliging for the camera!

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:garden pest!
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:13 Feb 2012 - 5:46 AM
Tags:Clanger, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Weevil, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:77
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 6:05 AM

He was nearly a downtrodden Clanger then Carol - vers. 2 for e today ...Bill

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Ayoob
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13 Feb 2012 - 6:09 AM

Brilliant set of images Carol, very well taken ..........Grin

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 6:12 AM

V2 is the clearest and best shot today.

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Daisymaye
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13 Feb 2012 - 6:20 AM

A very good set Carol.........Sandy

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 6:27 AM

Evil Kn(W)eevel should have been despatched into the bigger garden in the sky...as you said, an incredible amount of damage....but you make them look almost cute with your skill. Smile

Sorry you are still struggling with the wm. Will try and think of something.

barry

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 6:28 AM

Now that is definitely an ugly brute but very well captured. V2 for me Carol, lovely shot.

Andy

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lesarnott
lesarnott  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 7:01 AM

Wow more wrinkly than me! Never knew that was possible! V1 for me, great shots all 3.
Les

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DanielD
DanielD  4 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 7:13 AM

A stunning details in this set, Carol - well done

Daniel

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 7:26 AM

Wonderful set of images,Carol, all very beautiful indeed,
saeid

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GarrathE
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13 Feb 2012 - 7:35 AM

Nice set. Another pool rescue?

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 7:39 AM

He is certainly not the prettiest of critters.

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84271 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 7:47 AM

I really like versions 1 and 2, lots of lovely details, but I don't think I would have kept version 3 as a lot of it is out of focus. He looks quite chunky and armoured instead of your usual 'knitted' versions! Smile

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 7:58 AM

A strange looking thing v2 looks the best shot to me - a life saving certificate will duly be put in the postWinkWink

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Hop-A-Long
13 Feb 2012 - 8:12 AM

V2 for me today, great shot of this nightmare of the garden.
Opened a cupboard in our house once to be confronted by thousands of Weevils, they came from a bag of bird seed. We were finding them all over the house for weeks after.

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 8:15 AM

great set of a really odd little critter ! v2 for me too

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
13 Feb 2012 - 8:32 AM

He's a gruesome looking critter, nice set Carol.

Len

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User_Removed
13 Feb 2012 - 8:44 AM

Stunning detail in them all.

Lucien.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 8:59 AM

As an allotment holder I know what I would have done... photo shoot or no. Well captured as always Carol.

Dave

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exposure
exposure e2 Member 101311 forum postsexposure vcard England
13 Feb 2012 - 9:14 AM

A great set of detailed Images Carol...We have all had to have our Palms sprayed free of charge twice in a six weeks period because there is a problem here with the Red Weevil.
Pauline.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 9:41 AM

Think you were too kind to him..defrosting a vine bug!!
good set Carol and going for V2
Lillian

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 10:00 AM

Interesting commentary from you about this 'pest', Carol, and very well captured.
Ronnie.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114500 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 10:06 AM


Quote: They are very strange when handled, they go rigid, with their legs stretched out

I wish they'd all do that, it would make insect photography so much easier.....LOL

Ade

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 11:14 AM

It has tough armour shell Carol, and fine capture too.
regards
Yung

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SlowSong
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13 Feb 2012 - 11:15 AM

He is a tough looking creature..

Grin@ Ade.

Chris

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digital_boi
13 Feb 2012 - 11:22 AM

they are almost prehistoric in shape and form he should have been despatched to compost V2 detail wind through for me today Carol

Graham

Happy new week GrinGrinGrin

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Mike_Young
13 Feb 2012 - 11:22 AM

Amazing looking bug, super set

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Gray_ina
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13 Feb 2012 - 11:23 AM

Hi Carol great set, gray

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gingerdelight
13 Feb 2012 - 11:26 AM

It has the look of a troublemaker! Great captures Carol.
Carol

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achieverswales
13 Feb 2012 - 11:37 AM

Carol to the rescue again, do you get invited to the insect Christmas Party! Like V2 excellent detailed capture.

Regards

Trev.

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prabhusinha
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13 Feb 2012 - 11:39 AM

V2 is winner to day.

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FeatherFriend
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13 Feb 2012 - 11:45 AM

Good set Carol but V2 for me,
Geoff.

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Joline
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13 Feb 2012 - 11:58 AM

He looks a bit like a Sherman tankGrinGrin

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TonyDy
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13 Feb 2012 - 11:59 AM

Not the most attractive insect but very well photographed again, Carol.
Tony

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AnnChown
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13 Feb 2012 - 12:29 PM

He's so like an alien - I love v2.
Ann

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Stace
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13 Feb 2012 - 12:55 PM

good captures Carol, like v2 the best seems a lot crisper

Stace

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 1:30 PM

he looks even evil, your little bug! Almost seems made out of licorice Smile

number 1 and 2 are really good!

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samarmishra
13 Feb 2012 - 1:48 PM

Hi Carol, excellent set of images, but among this the V2 is the winner for me...

Samar.

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 2:42 PM

'v2 tops my List,' today, Carol, on these three sharp, well colored, & presented Macros~

Have a great Week~ Smile

~ Peter

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TrevBatWCC
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13 Feb 2012 - 3:10 PM

No, wouldn't have been a very nice thing to do to your subject after his photoshoot! Wink Three super close-ups, Carol, and V1 for me Smile
Trev Smile

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4561 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 5:15 PM

Cracking shot !!!.....that's an amazing 'suit-of-armour' on this beastie ??????

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 5:45 PM

The ugliest one yet, I think, but incredibly well photographed.
jon

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tomcat
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13 Feb 2012 - 7:17 PM

V2 for me Carol

On a First aid refresher today and tomorrow, so not really bothered what the weather is doingWink
As it happens a slow thaw, which I hate - the air is so damp - coff coff

Adrian

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EAS
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13 Feb 2012 - 7:26 PM

Armour-plated and not likely to win any beauty contests but well captured set.

Ann

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Rock
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13 Feb 2012 - 7:52 PM

Grand work.

I never know what to do with them as I could not kill a insect.

Rock

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SUE118
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13 Feb 2012 - 8:03 PM

He's built like a mini tank.

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dasher
dasher  4 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 - 8:09 PM

Hi Carol you are right vine weevils are an absolute pest gnoshing holes in flowers and leaves.One thing worse is the grub which eats the roots and silently destroys plants and bulbs.
Like lily beetles if disturbed they fall to the ground on their backs the outline being broken.
I am afraid to say I kill them at the first opportunity.
Robert.

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14 Feb 2012 - 5:25 PM

good intro combined with the model of the day

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AnneWorner
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14 Feb 2012 - 8:11 PM

*laughs* Reminds me of the snail I photographed last year - couldn't dispose of it underfoot either after s/he had been so co-operative. You can always throw them over the fence to the neighbor - funky looking little bug!

Anne

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CaroleS
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15 Feb 2012 - 9:21 AM

It is a good image Carol - but I admit I hate them and their grubs - Carole

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18 Feb 2012 - 9:35 PM

I'm lichen your work very much indeed Carol, you are like mother Theresa to the bugs

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brownsilent
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22 Feb 2012 - 8:35 AM

You're a good soul Carol - never doubted that!
Johanna

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