Long-Horned Beetle

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Beetles are my personal favorites among the insects. The order Coleoptera contains an amazing number of creatures, many of which are a great deal more colorful than the specimen above.

I was unable to identify this one so I asked for help at bugguide.net and was told this was definitely of the long horned beetle family but that they would prefer a top down view– a dorsal view- to be more specific as to a name within that large family of beetles.

One of the technical challenges of beetles is that sharp photographs highlight the spectacular (bright) highlights on the body of the beetle. These anomalies are a small price to pay to see such incredible creatures close-up. Of course some, and the emerald ash borer come to mind, are pests that need to be dealt with, others are a useful part of the food chain.

Many of the reference photographs of beetles are of dead, frozen or glued specimens. This of course makes the photography easier to some degree. I prefer to do my photography in the wild even if its more challenging and there are no guarantees that I will find anything or if I do that the results will be pleasing.

7 responses

  1. A very nice shot that.


    July 18, 2013 at 6:09 am

  2. Beautiful detail!


    July 19, 2013 at 9:06 am

  3. Lovely shot, Victor; I particularly like the lighting. I find the longhorns difficult to ID (even with the dorsal :)). Photographing dead specimens is also not for me, but some people make stunning focus stacks at super high magnifications.


    July 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

    • Stacking, is something I need to try!


      July 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      • Me and you both. The early morning, natural light stacks are my favorites. Nikola Rahmé and John Hallmén have some really great work on Flickr.


        July 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm

  4. stebaxter

    Wow, beautiful photo


    July 20, 2013 at 6:34 am

  5. Pingback: What to do with a Long Horn Beetle? | Splendour Awaits

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