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I would like to thank those members who have voted for me and given me helpful comments over the last few weeks.
I took this photo a few weeks ago on a game drive , I was told he gives a nasty bite... does anyone know what he is.

I want to share this quote by "SAM HASKINS" which I read this week, its applicable to this site.......

A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the frotn door, The Hostess said "I love your pictures-they are wonderful; You must have a fantastic camera." He said nothing until dinner was finished, then said; "That was a wonderful dinner, you must have a terrific stove".....

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon Coolpix P510 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Jan 2013 - 2:44 PM
Focal Length:4.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.0
Aperture:f/3.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Beetle mania
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:9 Feb 2013 - 12:18 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
8 Feb 2013 - 12:57 PM

Great macro shot and beautifuly presented.......Grin

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 12:31 PM

Good macro, nicely detailed
Depth Of Field is very small when getting close so I would suggest a smaller aperture & higher ISO
to get the beetles yellow feelers details sharper

Regards Brian

Last Modified By brian17302 at 9 Feb 2013 - 12:34 PM

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mossy
mossy  146 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 12:40 PM

No idea about its ID, stuggle to ID bugs in my own area. But this is a cracking macro, i find it hard to get DOF right on macro shots.

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84245 forum postsKarenFB vcard England161 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 1:00 PM

It's a Blister Beetle (Mylabris oculata) - beautifully caught!

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 1:05 PM

Thanks for the name Karen... will make a note of it Regards Colleen

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 1:11 PM

Agree with Karen on the ID, ISO isn't so critical but a smaller aperture would have made improved the image a lot.

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 1:18 PM

Thanks ... I googled the blister beetle to learn more about it, our ranger was correct, a big enough beetle is poisonous enough to kill people. The poison is very toxic and actually causes collapsed tissue in a human being. I am proud to say my photograph of the beetle is as good as the some of those featured on the web page I looked at.

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mauriceegan
9 Feb 2013 - 2:05 PM

Great image Colleen and also love the story at the end

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
9 Feb 2013 - 2:11 PM

Hi Colleen ! So good to see a South African bug on epz !! We have those in Swellendam as well and they are called Brandblaar [ burning leaf ] here Smile

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 5:12 PM

Very good shot Colleen,exposures is spot on and the composition is very good, really well done......John.

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4492 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 5:37 PM

Great shot !!....lovely quality !!

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johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 7johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 3:53 PM

Great shot good quote .
Regards John.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 12:31 PM

A rather beautiful beetle, Colleen, but not a very pleasant one, very well captured. Carol

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