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Hoverfly on Mimosa Pudica Flower

Hoverfly on Mimosa Pudica Flower
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-27
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron AF 70-300mm Tele-Macro ( 1:2)
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-21 5:30
Viewed: 3405
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mimosa pudica (from Latin: pudica "shy, bashful or shrinking"; also called Sensitive Plant), is a creeping annual or perennial herb often grown for its curiosity value: the compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, re-opening minutes later. The species is native to South America and Central America, but is now a pantropical weed.
The stem is erect in young plants, but becomes creeping or trailing with age. The stem is slender, branching, and sparsely to densely prickly, growing to a length of 1.5 m (5 ft). The leaves of the mimosa pudica are compound leaves.

The leaves are bipinnately compound, with one or two pinnae pairs, and 10-26 leaflets per pinna. The petioles are also prickly. Pedunculate (stalked) pale pink or purple flower heads arise from the leaf axils. The globose to ovoid heads are 8–10 mm in diameter (excluding the stamens). On close examination, it is seen that the floret petals are red in their upper part and the filaments are pink to lavender. The fruit consists of clusters of 2-8 pods from 1–2 cm long each, these prickly on the margins. The pods break into 2-5 segments and contain pale brown seeds some 2.5 mm long. The flowers are pollinated by the wind and insects.The seeds have hard seed coats which restricts germination.
Mimosa pudica is well known for its rapid plant movement.
Mimosa pudica with leaves closed

Like a number of other plant species, it undergoes changes in leaf orientation termed "sleep" or nyctinastic movement. The foliage closes during darkness and reopens in light.

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Ciao Foozi. Lovely compo with eciting light and colours. Stunning details for the insect. Well done.


Hello Fooz, great moment you've captured the perfect result that you achieved. An excellent image. All the best, Paul

Hallo Foozi,
what a beautiful macro shot, impressive details and splendid bright colours, very well composed
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-21 7:31]

Hello Foozi,
Another photo in splendid contrasting colours. Good sharpness and details. Excellent composition. Very nice blurred BG.

Hi Foozi,

Beautiful picture & nice composition.
Well done & TFS.


Hi Foozi,
I like this photo very much. Really incredible point of view. Warm colours. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Foozi, loùvely hoverfly on a beautiful flower, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-21 8:27]

Hello Foozi,
A super sharp capture of a Hoverfly visiting a Mimosa flower (another S. American species that is widespread in the tropics). I have fond memories of the 'sensitive plant'.
Excellent sharpness, colours and composition.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-21 8:50]

Hi Foozi,magnificent macro whit a perfect capture of this purple and the details fantastics of the hoverfly! Beautiful POV and composition.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hello Foozi
Beautiful photo with fantastic colours and impressive sharpness.

Hello Foozi,
The colours and the composition of this picture are wonderful. I also like fine details against the OOF BG. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-21 11:52]

Hello Foozi,
excellent capture with very nice details.Superb colours and composition.
Best regards Siggi

hello Foozi
very good sharpness picture with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-21 18:52]

Hover fly is beautiful and on this lovely flower more beautiful .tfs.

Super macro of flower and hover fly. Excellent detail and beautiful colours. regards yiannis

Fantastic photo.Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
well done.


originalidad y delicadeza en este trabajo Foozi.
Bien encuadrada y esto le da más aliciente aún a la fotografía.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Excellent photo, sharp, colourful and nice composition!

Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
Beautiful colorful picture, nice sharpness details, composition and point of view are fantastic, very well capture,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hi Foozi,

Great macro shot, good detailed sharpness, wonderful colours, great stuff Foozi,


Hello Foozi,

No wonder this fellow was attracted to the flower, beautiful as it is!
All together they make a fine pair, both very important for the other species life...
A very well done macro, excellent colours and details!

Pablo -

Hola Foozi

Vaya pedazo de macro,una composición excelente, de esta estupenda planta y el insecto, con nitidez estupenda de los dos.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-24 21:24]

Hi Foozi.
Lovely scene. Both Plant (flower) and hoverfly are created a sweet composition. Sunlight, shadow (on a BG) are looked amazingly as well as crisp sharp details of the flower and fly. You have selected aperture value perfectly. Best wishes and TFS.

Hello Foozi
Impressive shot, well detailed, did you focus manually or auto focus? because I have a 70-300 lens as well with macro function ( 1:2) and I am often wandering weter to focus manually or auto, even in plenty of light I get some pretty out of focus shots. And I'm amazed of the details at this shot, well composed shot and natural colors. Very Well done!
Regards Hedesan

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-05-25 16:20]

Hello Siggi,
A splendid macro shot with excellent composition and colors.Very good sharpness and details.TFS.

Hello Foozi

With the luminosity and color tones this is
a very beautiful photo, shot with fine POV,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Salam my friend Foozi.
I like the three dominant colors that are so beautifully rendered in this shot. Details and tone are just so pleasing captured from excellent camera view.
Top drawer work as always and well deserved praises in TN.
Kind regards,

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