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Built for the Kill

Built for the Kill
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Copyright: Rey Nocum (reynocum) Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 23] (471)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, Kenko Extension Tube For C/AF 12,20,36mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-29 0:20
Viewed: 6744
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 22
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I saw this insect in National Geographic's Built for the Kill series last weekend. After the show I went out to shoot and incidentally I saw this kind of insect for the first time. But I was not too lucky because I didn't shoot it eating it's prey the way it does in the TV. Maybe next time.

I hope someone can tell the ID.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To thistle: Quite sure it is.reynocum 3 06-30 01:39
To batu: cicada!eruyanik 4 06-29 21:35
Their prey.reynocum 1 06-29 07:41
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-29 1:37]
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Wooooooooow ! What an incredible insect that you have very well captured ! Composition, colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness are great. Sorry, I don't know ID... Congratulations Rey and thanks for sharing.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-06-29 1:45]
  • [2] [+]

Hallo Rey,
this is a stunning close-up of the cicada, extremely sharp and nice in colours.
Worth of more than 2 points.

Hello Rey.
This is such a strange insect.
The wings,abdomen and eyes look like a Cicada, but Cicadas are sap sucking insects and onley feed on plants.
I have not seen one with this horny headgear or hairy legs.
It has got me truly mystified.
A very good shot though, and I'd be very kjeen to know what it is once you find out.
Cheers, Steve

However it happened you stumbled on quite the critter. This thing is amazing! You did a great job of framing, I like the perspective. If I had to make one criticism it would be the loss of detail in the wing on the left, but really I don't care, it doesn't take away from the drama of the image. Very, very nice.

Hello Rey!
Superb shot indeed! No need to tell anything except superb! As for the species, i saw and took photos the similar of this creature only they haven't got that horn like part! To me these can be a some kind of froghopper! Mines are very shy creatures, no runaway from me but always changed their position hide their face when i was taking them. Hope these infos help.

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-29 6:17]

What can I say?
a favorite of mine!!

Excellent macro of this unknown to me,and very strange insect
Its like a Cicada but I'm note sure
Wonderfull shot with details

Hi rey ,

AMAZING SHOT... The eyes are simply big same like the cicada , i am really eager to know bout this guy simply great macro with everything just perfect including this STRANGE looking guy.



Hello Rey,
I wonder if you are entirely sure that this is the same creature you've seen in National Geographic movie?

For 99% this is a Treehopper (family Membracidae). These insects are plant suckers. They feed on sweet juices sucked usually from plant stem. Feeding treehoppers expel droplets of sugary honeydew just as aphids do.
They definitely aren't predators, but sometimes they can attack insects or spiders that are trying to eat their youngs. They are known from being a very good parents.
The spike or shieldlike things on the body of treehoppers are just a way to camouflage themself. When such insects sits on stem it looks like a part of the plant. Such thorns are also good for protection.
I can't give you exact ID becuase I have no idea about species living in your country, but I'm quite sure this is a treehopper.

It's a nice picture with good framing and POV. You have some good details here.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-30 4:09]

A most amazing creature, Rey.
Great POV with sharp details and beautiful colors.
Whatever it is, it is looking straight at you.
TFS. : )

Hi Rey,
This is from some alien world! I have never seen something like this. Very nice record and very good picture with full clarity. TFS

amazing insect, TFS Ori

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