Claude CHAVAND

Claude CHAVAND

Love insects, especially weevils
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    1. Comment on Curculio glandium Marsham, 1802 yesterday
      Manual focus only, unfortunely my camera does not allow hosting of third party softwares.
      Hopefully the lense is easy to use (SEL90M).
      However live subjects need to remain still; some are "sleeping" early morning, some others (like this Curculio) stay "frozen" for a while when they feel in danger.
      For very small insects, I use another lense (MP-E 65 mm) but it is much more difficult to use.
      Anyway I use a tripod for all cases, I'm not able to shoot a single good photo free hand...
    2. Comment on Curculio glandium Marsham, 1802 yesterday
      I just realise a problem with this image due to the stacker, his left probitia overlaps its left antenna; I should have selected less photos to avoid this aberration, pity !
    3. Comment on Byturus ochraceus vs. tomentosus 9 days ago
      Thank you for these details.
      Actually I've been lucky to determine my photo properly because I did it mosly based on the colour !
      The distribution helped me also because it seems that B. ochraceus is much more common in France than B. tomentosus.
    4. Comment on Byturus ochraceus (Scriba, 1790) 10 days ago
      Yes, a foxy fur !
    5. Comment on Byctiscus betulae - Female 13 days ago
      I've never managed to get a single steady shot of any Rhynchinae so far.
      Hope this year I'll be more lucky...
    6. Comment on Byctiscus betulae - Female 16 days ago
      Superb shot, bravo !
    7. Comment on Leaf Beetle - Ditropidus pulchellus one month ago
      A leaf beetle, maybe of Ditropidus genus...
    8. Comment on Brachycerus lutosus Gyllenhal, 1833 2 months ago
      Thank you !
    9. I've got the answer from a specialist, the correct name for this beetle is Dorcadion (Cribridorcadion) vincenzae Pesarini & Sabbadini, 2007
      See the publication "Ricerche sui Dorcadiini di Grecia. II. Le specie della Grecia centromeridionale e quelle del gruppo Dorcadion kozanii (Coleoptera Cerambycidae)" available here:
      http://www.cerambycoidea.com/papersEl.asp?Id=&Lett=P&NPag=2
    10. Comment on Pedinus quadratus Brullé, 1832 2 months ago
      These back Tenebrionidae look all same at first glance but if we look in details, this family shows so many genus and species that I didn't find the same species twice during my walks in Greece.