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I've paid my price

I've paid my price
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Copyright: des hoi (deshoi) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 2 N: 65] (322)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K20 d, Pentax F 100/2.8 macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-12 2:04
Viewed: 3199
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is Asia tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and hopes not everyone seen it before. I was passing by a bush area and hope to get some macro shots, just a sudden I felt under attacked by this tiny Dracula, About 20 to 30 of them was surrounding me. So this is how Iíve paid my price to capture this shot.

I know this tiny creature how harmful there are, hope the info at below can provide you some ideas.

The Dengue Mosquito is a pest mosquito and can be a carrier of Dengue fever, Yellow fever, Murray Valley encephalitis and Ross River virus. The female mosquito is dark coloured with white "spots" on them ("checkered legs"), and it hold its hind legs in the air. It has a diagnostic white "racing stripe" down the top of its thorax.

length 3mm to 4mm

Adults may be found in and near the house. They usually bite during the day or evening.

females feed on blood

The female lays eggs in water. When first laid eggs are white but soon turn black. The larvae feed on bacteria in the water

The Dengue Mosquito is an introduced species found in Queensland, and has also been known in Western Australia, Northern Territory and southern New South Wales.

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  • Great 
  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2009-11-12 2:39]

Beautiful picture...great details and nice composition!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-12 3:38]

Hello Des,
A great macro of this small deadly beast , the Asian Tiger Mosquito, with your blood in her belly!
The POV is great and taken with excellent sharpness and DOF against the green leafy BG and the composition is perfect. Thanks for taking this sacrifice: I hope you have not been infected by her.
Best wishes,

A very good "sacrifical" close up Des, you've succeeded in capturing the salient characteristics of a newly fed female perfectly with this sharp and well exposed image.
TFS and cheers,

hello Des hoi
super sharpness macro picture
with very good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-11-12 23:31]

Hello Des,
I am really grateful that you took this careful shot of the Asia tiger moth. I take it that this is your blood we see in its stomach :-) The mosquito species has, as you said in the note, become a health a problem in many parts of the world. In Southern Switzerland a small population has been established since 2003, it is being monitored with the help of traps. It is of great importance to have good pictures of the species so it can be distinguished from similar species by many people. And you provided here the very best picture I ever saw! Even the characteristic white streak on the thorax is evident. Thanks for all, Des.
Best regards

Hello Des and welcome among TN members!
Absolutely this is one of the best macros of mosquitos I have seen! This female full of blood looks very nice (even if I do not like these insects too much ;>).
Wonderful details and sharpness, very nice contrast and composition. Nothing to add.
TFS and all the best from Poland!

Hi Des Hoi,

That's a brilliant capture! Very clear with a bright colors. Good job and thanks for sharing.


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