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Old Jul 11, 2004, 11:39 PM   #21
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wow! you guys have good taste! i love tennis and golf, and ping pong....lol..

and then of course photography....

i have a 45 handicap...something like that

i'm bad....well...i'm not that bad, but as i'm playing, i solve problems(with help from my friend and his dad) and come up with new ones...lol

but if i'm hitting solid, i'm not too bad....

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Old Jul 12, 2004, 9:22 AM   #22
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geoffs,

Nice catch!

The odds of being able to catch that beetle at this exact moment are so slim that you have hit the photo lottery.

I really like the scale of the size of the flower vs the size of the beetle and colors and motion apparent in the beetle. Very well done!

I am really thankful that people continue to post shots which they do not feel good technically about. They are some very entertaining shots.

Photos like (I think it was Normcar) the picture of the eastern Kingbird with the bee in its mouth. Love stuff like that and his shot of geoffs.


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Old Jul 12, 2004, 9:25 AM   #23
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Thanks, zoomn. This picture was a mistake, pure and simple. It is not good, but it is interesting for the reasons I originally stated.
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Old Jul 12, 2004, 10:06 AM   #24
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Not good? Hm.

Am not completely sure but to my mind the focus is a bit away from the beetle towards the photographer - on the leaf of that flower - seems all sharp there. Maybe wind?

A slight breeze can cause this - so you even catched the weather in the shot (just joking).

Just my 2 cents
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Old Jul 12, 2004, 10:45 AM   #25
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thkn777, the out of focusness of the shot was probably me as I forgot to use my IR remote for the camera. Even though it was on a tripod I had to touch the camera to release the shutter and probably introduced the shake which caused the out of focus.
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Old Jul 16, 2004, 3:52 PM   #26
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By the by, it's a little hard to tell if this beetle is jumping into flight, but it is very probable;

many insects have jumping back legs in addition to flight capabilities:

grasshoppers, leafhoppers, katydids, etc.

It looks like a beetle - I don't know of any Coleoptera with jumping legs, but it is a very large group with thousands of species so I'm sure it is possible.

The interesting thing about beetles (as opposed to flies and others),

they have to open up those top wing covers first, and then unfurl their flight wings before they can get airborne.
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Hi there toxomerus! I think it might be jumping into its takeoff also, but such is not proven by this photo, only hinted at.

I have managed to id this beetle - it's a Flower Longhorn Beetle. I figured this out using the insect id guides at www.bugguide.net- it's an invaluable resource!
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