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Green Tiger beetle (Cicindela campestris) ovipositing

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A female Green Tiger Beetle excavating a hole in preperation for ovipositing. The back of her abdomen is a great digging tool and the small clods of drying soil behind her have been lifted out by it.

I just finished processing and uploading a short video of this beetle and if you're interested it can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/3Fv6UekfSEI
I had to shorten it unfortunately because it was a bit too large a file to upload, it starts about 2/3rds of the way through the process of making the hole for her eggs.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Canon EF100mm f2.8L IS usm macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:19 Jun 2012 - 1:25 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Green Tiger beetle (Cicindela campestris) ovipositing
Username:Vpics Vpics
Uploaded:20 Jun 2012 - 7:01 PM
Tags:Cicindela campestris, Close-up / macro, Egg laying, Female, Green Tiger Beetle, Insect, Macro, Nature, Ovipositing
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JenniCh
JenniCh  832 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 7:53 PM

Fascinating creature, great shot!

Jenni

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Snapitt
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20 Jun 2012 - 7:57 PM

Superb shot. Excellent detail

Jane

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jaymark1
jaymark1  6 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2012 - 11:53 PM

Lovely macro work.

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mattberry
mattberry e2 Member 9259 forum postsmattberry vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2012 - 10:54 PM

Lovely shot which deserves more attention, you only get that these days with stacked images! A single frame is not enough for some anymore.

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