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Nicrophorus vespilloides, or common sexton beetle, has squarish wing cases that are black with red bands and button-like tips to the antennae. These beetles perform an important service in getting rid of carrion - dead small animals and birds. Males and females co-operate to bury this matter, by digging beneath the bodies to provide a food supply for their larvae. Adults show an incredible maternal care for the larvae, something very unusual in the insect world. They fly in search of new sources of food at night and readily come to outside lights. They are often seen to be host to very tiny pinkish brown mites which are not parasites but feeders on moulds which would otherwise spoil carrion as a food source for the larvae. These mites use the beetles as a way of getting about. This beetle is commonly seen at night in gardens, often in company with a related, all black species, the black sexton.
This little fella was one of my recent pool rescues, I think the mites were glad to be hitching a ride!

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:nicrophorus vespilloides
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:23 Oct 2009 - 4:59 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
Votes:95
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GrahamNobles
23 Oct 2009 - 5:34 AM

He's a handsome lad!
Graham

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ChrisBilton
23 Oct 2009 - 5:37 AM

fabulous, he looks incredible!

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Thushari
Thushari  5 Sri Lanka1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 5:48 AM

Great set Carol,
V1 for me today. great detail and color.
Thushari

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23 Oct 2009 - 6:13 AM

Impeccable detail Carol...Bill

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kishanm14
kishanm14  6 India
23 Oct 2009 - 6:14 AM

Great set Carol V4 for me.

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 6:15 AM

What an interesting set of images, don't think I've seen these before. Very sharp, crisp captures with great details. Thanks for the write up too.
Barbara

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MandsH
MandsH  7 England
23 Oct 2009 - 6:20 AM

A very interesting looking bug, well captured
mandy

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 6:29 AM

Well caught x 5 !!! Grand detail on them all v1 for me thanks for sharing Colin

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 6:37 AM

Wow, what colours in this one!!!!

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jaktis
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23 Oct 2009 - 6:38 AM

I love the antennae details

Peter

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104036 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 7:32 AM

Just `Gorgeous' Smile

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 7:32 AM

Where you live Carol must be teeming with different bugs. Another fine set of great macro images.

Albert

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 7:39 AM

Fantastic set, the detail is superb!

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Image123  5 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 - 7:53 AM

superb set , great detail

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barbarahirst
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23 Oct 2009 - 7:53 AM

I just had to give you my award for these
Brilliant work

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RachelMB
RachelMB  842 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 7:54 AM

Nice shots Smile V2 for me because of the detail on the wings.

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Arty
Arty  11 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 - 8:00 AM

This is an awesome set of shots!! Well spotted and taken.
Arty.

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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 8:00 AM

Some nice textures on these images and i like V2

Glynn

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 8:11 AM

very well turned out bug, great colours in the wings

Linda

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 8:18 AM

Great set (as usual) Carol and another well deserved award

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
23 Oct 2009 - 8:48 AM

An excellent set, well done with the award.
Annette

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somnathchatterjee

really this deserves award, very very good work.

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viscostatic
23 Oct 2009 - 9:19 AM

Foue great close-ups Carol and more interesting information about a species I mwasn't even aware of.

Phil.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 9:35 AM

These images are exceptional - great detail, colour, presentation.
Joan.

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 9:35 AM

Stunning set of macro's.
Steve.

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maratsuikka
23 Oct 2009 - 9:38 AM

Fine set Carol
congrats on awrad.. i mean award

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gingerdelight
23 Oct 2009 - 9:42 AM

Absolutely wonderful series of images Carol, even down to the mini-bugs! And I love their antennae! Great shots.
Carol

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1069 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 9:48 AM

Fabulous detail, and I like the wings peeping through in V2.
Moira

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raygregson
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23 Oct 2009 - 10:24 AM

superb images carol.well done again.ray

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 10:45 AM

beautiful series Carol, i especially like v2.

regards
Yung

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Cormy
Cormy  7 England
23 Oct 2009 - 11:07 AM

Fine set Carol.
Cheers
Alan

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MickyMc
MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 - 11:21 AM

I feel quite itchy but they are lovely
Mavis

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Joline
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23 Oct 2009 - 11:54 AM

Those antennae are quite amazing. They could double as corkscrews!

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 12:23 PM

A bit cary that you never run out of fantastic bugs-- Wonderful bug and photo of!!!
Jennnnnn

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photophantom
23 Oct 2009 - 12:34 PM

superb

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10476 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 12:58 PM

A great set but V2 is outstanding.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 1:16 PM

all of them good shots

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 1:22 PM

Great looking bug Carol ... v4 my fav

Jon

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wyatturp
wyatturp  9 England
23 Oct 2009 - 1:25 PM

good to view Thanks!!!

Dougx

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 2:00 PM

Quite a character! As ever, a lovely, well captured and presented series.

I've added V2 for you, with leaves and stems taken this morning. Binned the original of V1.

Ann

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PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 2:27 PM

I never cease to be amazed at the marvelous creatures you find! This is a real colorful and detailed little guy! Superb write up also. God bless, Patti

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 2:33 PM

Yet again four wonderfully detailed insect pics. Full marks in all departments.
jon

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 3:07 PM

These are superb Carol, such fantastic work as usual.
Bob

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 3:15 PM

just BRILLIANT

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NigelClements
23 Oct 2009 - 3:33 PM

Great captures of an interesting and vivid looking bug, also thenks for the latin name, wonderful work again Carol.

Nigel.

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Luciajo
Luciajo  5 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 - 3:37 PM

How do you manage to find these little creatures! V1 and V4 for me, great macro as usual.

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franfoto
franfoto  7 England32 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 4:10 PM

Some more of your great close ups Carol, the detail is always spot on with your work. # 1 for me this time.
Fran

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johnjones
johnjones  5 England
23 Oct 2009 - 4:11 PM

brill close up great colours
john

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Dave_Holdham
23 Oct 2009 - 4:30 PM

Superb set of detailed images, great presentation

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 - 5:47 PM

A graet set Carol and an interesting write up, v1 i really like.
john

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RuthyJ
RuthyJ  8 England
23 Oct 2009 - 5:57 PM

Fabulous Carol. Love the feelers.
Ruth.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 5:59 PM

v2 is my fav.lesley

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 6:21 PM

Ah! yes, it does look like a cow plop, but it is part of of tree--- LOL!
Jennnn

no cows in our woods--- I hope

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TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 6:58 PM

Another cracking set, Carol, brilliant captures.
TrevB Smile

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teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 7:02 PM

Another superb series Carol - each one worthy of its own upload, but V2 with the furled wings is fascinating.
Sylvia

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23 Oct 2009 - 7:05 PM

Lovely light and colour Carol and detailed textures.
Pauline.

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
23 Oct 2009 - 7:55 PM

A very well shot series> detail, colours, light ..etc.. JNC

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betts  6 England
23 Oct 2009 - 8:02 PM

Excellent set, superb detail and colour.
betts

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23 Oct 2009 - 8:25 PM

Another top set Carol

Stace

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pamelajean Critique Team 8806 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1636 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 8:39 PM

I could use your portfolio as a bug ID book, lol. All super images, but I love those little mites.

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Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 9:17 PM

Brilliant colours and detail Carol.
Jann
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ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 9:42 PM

Good grief...your insect shots always blow me away, especially V2 in this case! By the way...


Quote: I could use your portfolio as a bug ID book, lol.

...too right!!

A Grin

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24 Oct 2009 - 12:42 AM

Stunning detail and very colourful captures Carol, excellent work here. Gary

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bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2009 - 10:22 AM

super set of shots, love em all
bunSmile

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Dusan
Dusan  5 Sri Lanka
24 Oct 2009 - 1:37 PM

V2 Stunning nice set
Dusan

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CherryMartin
24 Oct 2009 - 10:17 PM

4 great bug captures.

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brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2009 - 5:54 PM

Another great set of bug images Carol. Very good detail - like its antennas.
Johanna

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2009 - 8:49 PM

Running out of ways to compliment your lovely presentations.

Aidan,,

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26 Oct 2009 - 6:11 PM

You must have lots of patience Carol but it's well rewarded. Superb.
Sandra

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2009 - 10:20 PM

A fabulous foursome Carol, you've excelled yourself once again

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Benas
Benas  5 Poland
5 Nov 2009 - 7:50 AM

good shot,

Pawel

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