Black Beetle - Calosoma macrum by danapommet ()
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Found this large black beetle on one of my hikes and Google tells me it is a Calosoma macrum. Took some photos and let her go on her way. About two inches (5 cm) long and she moved very fast on the ground and also in the grass. I chose this POV because of the strong pincers around her mouth although she did not try and bite me. She also had wings which she flexed a couple of times but did not try to fly away either. We will be meeting friends at Ossipee Lake for a few days and I will be catching up when I return. Do zoom.
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Image Comments (29)
giulband () 11:20PM | Mon, 13 July 2015
Beautiful capture !!! Seen so close it is a terrific creature !
Faemike55 () 11:29PM | Mon, 13 July 2015
I know that some people will be bugged by this shot Great capture Dana have fun
durleybeachbum () 12:23AM | Tue, 14 July 2015
Such a shiny beauty! A great find and a lovely portrait of your little friend.
jayfar () 1:10AM | Tue, 14 July 2015
A shining example Dana and have a pleasant stay with your friends.
T.Rex () 5:18AM | Tue, 14 July 2015
My, a pinch from those jaws must be painful and bloody! A frightening creature to have coming against you. The fact it didn't bite may be due to confidence in its own size and strength. Nice photo. I don't feel like walking bare foot in the grass after seeing this! Keep up the good work! :-)
CavalierLady () 8:29AM | Tue, 14 July 2015
Oh my goodness, you are braver than I am, Dana. But what a great shot you got, very impressive in zoom view.
MrsRatbag () 3:27PM | Tue, 14 July 2015
Super shot of this beauty, I don't think I've ever seen anything quite so large in person!
Erestorfan () 6:45PM | Tue, 14 July 2015
Oh, you are SO much braver than I am, Dana! One look at the pinchers and I would be like uh, no!!! Oh, Ossipee Lake! We go camping in Center Ossipee. We went the first two weeks in June and will be going again the first two weeks of September. Camp right on the pond, called Little Dan Hole, which is spring-fed and crystal clear and we love listening to the loons calling day and night, and hearing the owls calling to each other. Ossipee is just a beautiful area!!! Have a good time!!!
Hendesse () 6:37AM | Fri, 17 July 2015
A beautiful beetle indeed and an excellent shot of it. Fantastic details!
junge1 () 11:06PM | Fri, 17 July 2015
Beautiful shot of this beetle Dana. How did you know it a 'she'? BTW as to your comment on the Donier, I had no clue it existed either. And as to the space shuttle and the SR-71 in the museum, I will post them later!
caty77 () 11:46AM | Sat, 18 July 2015
I saw recently a black beetle saved by a child against other children. Animal ended in a part of a little garden to be in security. have a good day!
wysiwig () 10:57PM | Tue, 21 July 2015
Oh, she's a big girl. I am convinced that insects like higher forms of animals can tell when there is danger and when it is safe. Her actions tell me she had nothing to fear from you. This is a really cool close up and your instinct about the POV was spot one.