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|This is a couple of the longhorn beetle|
- Oberea oculata
- family: Cerambycidae
Obviously the male (above) is not well-orientated when production of off-spring is intended. However, I can't read the thoughts and do not know the preferences of beetles.
Nevertheless, I will show you a picture with the right orientation next time.
O. oculata occurs in the whole palaearctic region, i.e. Europe and Asia. The literature says that it likes willow bushes. That's just what you see on the picture (Salix caprea). It's populations are decreasing and O. oculata is common only at particular locations. I did not observe it in our region since many years. So, I am happy that I could detect a couple in our garden.
- natural light
- ISO 200
* Harde K.W. & Severa F. (1981) Der Kosmos-Käferführer. Franckhsche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart.
* Zahradnik J. (1985) Käfer Mittel- und Nordwesteuropas. Paul Parey, Hamburg, Berlin.
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Interesting position Peter!! Superb macro quality, the detail and focus are spot on, great image.
Regards Mark :)
Nice macro shot.
I love all those little details here.