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Two-banded longhorn beetle side view Be sure to watch in HD mode.<br />
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Dutch name: Bonte Ribbelboktor (Rhagium bifasciatum) Cerambycidae,Geotagged,Lepturinae,Rhagium,Rhagium bifasciatum,The Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Two-banded longhorn beetle side view

Be sure to watch in HD mode.

Dutch name: Bonte Ribbelboktor (Rhagium bifasciatum)

    comments (6)

  1. Top view:
    Two-banded longhorn beetle This large beetle (20mm) was sitting on a fallen tree. They seem to be quite common and I saw several that day, but I haven't seen this beetle before myself.<br />
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Dutch name: Bonte Ribbelboktor (Rhagium bifasciatum) Cerambycidae,Geotagged,Lepturinae,Rhagium,Rhagium bifasciatum,The Netherlands
    Posted 6 years ago
  2. Beautiful close up with focus on the head! Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 6 years ago
  3. Wow Joost, this is a true macro classic. Watching it in HD on a 27" monitor (256x1440) and its stunning! Promoted. Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks! I am pretty proud of the photo as well. Can hardly believe I photographed it myself because for me this is the quality I usually see by others on the internet. Only 'problem' is that I don't know what I have done different on this photo compared to others. Maybe the larger size of the beetle (20mm) helps. Posted 6 years ago
      1. First of all, the light is fabulous. Intentional or not, it makes a big difference. The subject is perfectly exposed as it comes to light, which also creates the type of contrast that brings out so much detail.

        The other great thing, and we all know how hard this is in macro photography, is the focus. It has exactly in focus what should be in focus, whereas it is common to see too little in focus. I think it is partly the result of shooting at the right angle in this scene. Based on the scene, I would expect a high F number, since quite a lot is on focus. However it is only 5.6. Either this has to do with the angle, or you took a little bit more distance.

        All in all, I think it is the light and the focus that make this photo stand out so much.
        Posted 6 years ago

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''Rhagium bifasciatum'', sometimes called the two-banded longhorn beetle, is one of the most common longhorn beetles in Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus, although it is absent from the far north-east of Europe and some offshore islands, such as Malta. It may reach 22 millimetres long and can be distinguished by the two prominent pale yellow bands on each of the elytra, although up to seventeen different patterns have been recognised.

Like other longhorn beetles, ''R. bifasciatum'' lays.. more

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Joost Thissen
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By Joost Thissen

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Uploaded May 6, 2013. Captured May 4, 2013 12:01 in A67, Heeze, The Netherlands.
  • SLT-A55V
  • f/5.6
  • 1/160s
  • ISO100
  • 90mm