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Post by Tony T »

The last one was too easy; this is part of something.
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Those look just like the elytra of some Long-Horned Wood Borer beetle (family Cerambycidae).

--Rik

PS. It's very pixellated also -- a small crop from a larger image?

PPS. And it looks like this is either part of some manufactured object, or somebody has been very busy with an image clone tool along the upper right margin.

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Post by Tony T »

That was quick; Sugar Maple Borer Glycobius speciosus
Nikon 990, f10.1 1/7 sec, ISO 100, 22 watt cool white Circline fluorescent lamp - works just like a ring flash!
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Tony T wrote:22 watt cool white Circline fluorescent lamp - works just like a ring flash!
Is this a studio shot, then? Or did you haul the light into the field somehow?

--Rik

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Post by Tony T »

The lamp is readily portable, the 500 lb generator is a bit of a pain :roll: .

I used to work in a forestry lab so bugs like this turned up often. Also, there were always bits of trees with lichens somewhere in the lab. So this is a live bug on a chunk of sugar maple, indoors.

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Post by jmlphoto »

you cant photoshop out a bunch of stuff from it like legs. isnt that cheating? good think rik still got it first try :P
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Post by Tony T »

jmlphoto wrote:you cant photoshop out a bunch of stuff from it like legs. isnt that cheating? :P
NO, NOT CHEATING :shock:
Sorry you feel that way.
Please re-read the question ".. this is part of something"
The answer: elytra of a Cerambycid.
Not elytron, not elytra + legs, not elytra + anything else; note there is no thorax either.
OK :?:

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Post by rjlittlefield »

OK, calm down, folks.

These quiz postings are all for fun --- it's not like we're keeping score or anything.

About the rules, well, we've never made a special set for quizzes, so I suppose the usual posting guidelines apply.

The guidelines allow for pretty much any kind of editing, as long as it's declared.

In the current case, there was some undeclared cloning that wasn't obvious. Personally I'm not bothered by the quiz aspect of this, especially since Tony did say "part of something", but I don't want undeclared editing to become accepted practice.

So let's just go back to the basic guidelines. It's OK to do whatever you want to an image (as long as its key elements remain photographic and of a small subject), but you have to say what you've done, if it "alters the 'naturalness' of the subject".

Sound fair?

Good.

--Rik, the Editor

PS. I did notice the absence of thorax. Actually I wondered if the elytra and abdomen had been used as decoration on a basket or something. But then I decided the repeating pattern was too regular for that, so I suggested manufactured or cloned. Thought-provoking... Knowing for sure that the image had been altered would have avoided those missteps.

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Post by jmlphoto »

oh its cool im not mad or anything all in good fun, i could tell something was done on the edges though. honestly i could tell it was from some sort of bug, but without those other parts anyone who's not an expert or has not seen it before wouldn't have a clue or even know where to start to search for the answer. body parts tell a lot of what its from.

great bug though never seen anything like that.
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Post by rjlittlefield »

It's a fascinating family. The larvae mostly bore in solid wood; some of them are stem- or root-borers like the Red Milkweed Beetle. Some of them, like the one pictured in this post, are huge economic pests. See here, for example.

I didn't recognize this particular species, but the general shape of the elytra and the dual-chevron coloring was pretty suggestive. Of course that's only because I've spent a lot of time staring at beetles.

Wouldn't it be cool if Google had a real smart image search facility that could answer these kinds of questions? None of this type-in-some-keywords stuff, just "OK, what can you tell me about this?", followed by pushing an image upload button. Something, say, that could tell me about a snailcase bagworm without having to luck onto some far-away human who happens to be reading the photomacrography forum. :-k \:D/

--Rik

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Post by Ken Ramos »

Pretty cool image there Tony. 8) Rik really jumped on that one. :D

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Post by beetleman »

Very nice quiz Tony.. I would have guessed a Longhorn also if I had looked at the post earlier :wink:
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