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Many thanks to Achieverswales, Gypsyman & pluckyfilly for there user awards yesterday....

I was going to put this in the adult section....

There are about 40 UK species of Soldier Beetles which belong to the Cantharidae family of beetles. Many species are common in Nottinghamshire and are a frequent sight on thistles and umbelliferous flowers during the Summer months. Some of the red Cantharidae beetles, were often commonly referred to by schoolboys as Bloodsuckers. They are however, completely harmless.

Latin name: Rhagonycha fulva
Size: Approximately 10mm long.
Distribution: Found throughout the UK. Common.
Months seen: March to October.
Habitat: Grassland, waste ground, gardens and woodland edges.
Food: Small soft-bodied insects.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Sigma 150mm 2.8 EX DG Macro HSM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Jul 2012 - 12:34 PM
Focal Length:150mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Flash:On, Fired
Title:Soldier Beetles XXX
Username:Metro6R4 Metro6R4
Uploaded:29 Jul 2012 - 10:07 AM
Tags:Beetle, Bug, Close-up / macro, Fly, Insect, Red
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achieverswales
29 Jul 2012 - 10:11 AM

Stunning macro image Paul and a super B/G. At my age I forget what they are doing.

Regards

Trev.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2012 - 10:26 AM

WOW! some shot - well done

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114509 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2012 - 11:09 AM

Good image and an educational description too, just how I like images to be....

Ade

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33139 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2012 - 12:55 PM

A very intimate slice of a bugs life, superbly captured. Love the colours and the cracking detail.

Regards Nathan

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Gypsyman
Gypsyman  3659 forum posts England
29 Jul 2012 - 1:01 PM

All those times I have been out with you and the Camera, you have never shown me these actions. Eric.

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Metro6R4
Metro6R4  3 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2012 - 1:15 PM


Quote: All those times I have been out with you and the Camera, you have never shown me these actions. Eric.

Your not old enough for this type of shot............ it may give you ideas!!!!!!

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
29 Jul 2012 - 1:22 PM

Did not stop her from having lunch at the same time lol. great detail nice sharp clear shot like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin more beetles to come then!.

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fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2012 - 1:22 PM

Must be some reason they are Called Soldier Beetles surely not because they are the randiest insects around. Impressive macro photography. I have photographed them this morning doing the very same thing.

Albert

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Norfolkboy
Norfolkboy e2 Member 8Norfolkboy vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2012 - 3:58 PM

Superb capture, Paul.
Colin

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footloose
footloose  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2012 - 9:17 PM

Back on top!!!! excuse the pun,great image,you will wear that new lens out at this rate,
Dennis

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