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Great Diving Beetle (Dytiscus marginalis)

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According to Wikipedia, the Great Diving Beetle is a voracious predator, hunting insects, tadpoles and small fish in ponds. However, they sometimes come out and fly looking for a new pond, which they find by the reflection of the moon on the surface of the water.

This one was running about in the polytunnel where I was flint knapping. I think it was fooled by the flood lights we had on.

Information on Arkive suggests that this beetle is a male, as it has the large suction pads on its front legs and the wing case is not ridged.

Camera:Canon Powershot S1 IS
Lens:Standard
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Great Diving Beetle (Dytiscus marginalis)
Username:cyclingrelf cyclingrelf
Uploaded:23 Jan 2008 - 12:44 PM
Tags:Beetle, Close-up / macro, Dytiscus marginalis, Flash / lighting, Great diving beetle, Insect, Pebble, Wildlife / nature
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cyclingrelf
23 Jan 2008 - 12:52 PM

Ukulele_lady - sorry! This is the best photo from my flint knapping, I think. But if you want to see some of the others, I've uploaded 18 of them to my Flickr account (where I'm not being so fussy about quality) Smile. I'm still cyclingrelf on Flickr, and you can look without needing to register or anything.

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Andrekarl
Andrekarl  8 South Africa
23 Jan 2008 - 1:12 PM

Cracking shot. Lighting makes this macro stand out for me. Well done. Andre

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SpeedAltStar
23 Jan 2008 - 2:44 PM

Well taken shot of a scary looking beastie

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fishy2
fishy2  6
23 Jan 2008 - 4:06 PM

very good macro work.
jase.

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Ukulele_Lady
23 Jan 2008 - 5:38 PM

Hi there! I'll Google flint knapping to satisfy my curiosity as well as checking out Flickr if I can although I didn't find it very user-friendly the one time I did visit....I have to say though, when I get on 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' I want you to be my 'Phone a Friend'...lol...thanks for the added info on my Birch Polypore, and also your Sparassis crispa envy is very gratifying...lol...I'm looking forward to a feast later this year, earwigs or no earwigs!

Love your bug by the way, and thanks for the info on him.
Suse

Last Modified By Ukulele_Lady at 23 Jan 2008 - 5:42 PM

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cyclingrelf
23 Jan 2008 - 6:21 PM

Thanks everyone for telling me a little more about what you liked - it really helps me to improve.
Ukulele_Lady - you just hit lucky with your subjects. I happen to enjoy bushcraft, so I know a little bit about what uses plants/mushrooms/rocks can be put to.
If you put cyclingrelf into the search box on the Flickr front page, you'll see a picture of me taken by Relfy (my sister), then the next picture is of my sister winching up a boat and taken by me. It's not a good one - it's there as a record! But if you click on my name on the second picture, it will take you to my photos and you can see flint knapping in action. Smile

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Assyrian
Assyrian  7132 forum posts Scotland
14 Feb 2008 - 3:08 PM

Great shot - and unusal too. Not that common to find them running around. Must get a polytunnel up then sit waiting......

Chris

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cyclingrelf
14 Feb 2008 - 9:15 PM

Thanks so much for looking Chris. All you have to do is go flint knapping with John and Val Lord in Norfolk at the beginning of January.
For a flint knapping day course with John and Val Lord visit their website here:
www.flintknapping.co.uk/
It's well worth it - expert instruction in a very unusual skill AND amazing insects as well.

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