Bruno D'Amicis - Run for your life, beetle!


Rosalia alpina is the name scientists gave to a beetle of the family Cerambicidae. This beautiful blue and black longicorn beetle can still be found in many deciduous forests across the whole Paleartic region. Nevertheless it is a vulnerable species. Connected to old and unmanaged Beech forests, in fact, the Rosalia magically appears in the middle of the hottest summer days on dead wood stands; the matter on which the larvae develop. I hope we will be wise and lucky enough to not make this animal disappear and deprive the future generations of lucky encounters with this little forest jewel.

Tags: abruzzi, bruno damicis, endangered, forest, italy, rosalia alpina, rosalia longicorn, summer

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  1. Knut-Sverre Horn said:

    06/08/2011 13:23

    Kudos! We don't see panning and motion blur very often in insect photography. I like the way you include some of the evironment as well.

  2. Jaak Põder said:

    11/08/2011 18:04

    This is a perspective that me as a macro person longs for. With SLR unfortunately it is possible to do only with big bugs. Another option is compact camera, but for small bugs they do not have the needed magnification. Well done, Bruno, it is rare to see something different in bug photography these days.

  3. Sven Zacek said:

    14/08/2011 15:29

    Very different and very eye-catching photo. This just what photography should be about. Creating something different. Superb!

  4. João Petronilho said:

    02/10/2011 21:21

    An image with an unusual panning particularl by the inclusion of the surrounding habitat which conveys more power to the image. Great inspiration!