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"It's my flower !"

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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-13
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-27 2:24
Viewed: 3054
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This Sicus ferrugineus has an aggressive posture against the Malachite beetle who decided finally to leave the flower (Knautia arvensis or Field Scabious).

Sicus ferrugineus (Linnaeus, 1761)
Family: Conopidae

Sicus ferrugineus is a strange-looking species of fly. These flies lay their eggs on bumble bees. Their larvae are endoparasites of bumble bees of the genus Bombus. It is common throughout much of Europe.

Malachius bipustulatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Malachiidae

The Common malachite beetle or Malachite beetle is a relatively soft-bodied beetle, with metallic green with a bright scarlet spot at the end of each wing-case. The male has a complicated series of flanges and cups on its antennae which it uses to transfer sex-pheromones to the female prior to mating. When alarmed, both sexes exude soft, bright red pouches from the sides of the body which give off a smell that deters predators.
Adults may be found on a variety of open-structured flowers in gardens, especially those of the daisy, carrot and rose family. Here they feed on pollen and nectar, as well as on other insects visiting the flowers. The larvae eat small invertebrates, particularly other insect larvae such as caterpillars and maggots, finding them under bark, on grass roots and in litter. (Natural England)

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-27 2:30]

Hello Catherine.

A great capture of these two insects. Thy fly looks if it is about to attack the beetle.
Very nice POV, i like the colors in your picture very much.
Thanks fot sharing it with us.

Gr. Hans

Ciao Catherine, lovely couple on a beautiful flower, wonderful natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid blurry BG, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-27 2:38]

Very possessive your little fly, but she have right:is a great flower and the little bug now that!
Warm congratulation for this wonderful capture!

It looks that the fly need to "fight" for its flower Catherine! ;>
The small malachid beetle is alredy waiting to keep some part of flower for itself ;>
Funny title and - as always - very good quality of image. I like that both insect species are identify and even details of their describtions are provided.
Bravo! :>
Have a nice Sunday and all the best in 2010!

Hi Catherine. Very nice catch of these insects..
I like the poses on the flower... colors and details are perfect..

Such a beautiful trio in good fauna/flora balance Catherine, the clarity and the reproduction of colours look perfect, TFS indeed my friend!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-27 3:16]

Hello Catherine,
A really fine capture showing these two insects both sharply in focus on the Scabious flower. I've captured them both here too but not as well as you have! Excellent details and colours and a beautiful reminder of summer!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Haha, lovely moment, Catherine, who was the winner?!?
Perfect sharpness, brilliant colours, a nice greetings of summertime. I like it so much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-27 6:45]

Hi Catherine.
Simply stunning close-up. I am impressive with pictured subject and with blameless quality of the image. DOF is great as well as reproduction of all insects and tiny details of the charming flower. Smooth BG is very pleasant too and decorate the main subject perfectly. Excellent job. TFS and hearty wishes for coming Year.

Hello Catherine, Superb macro of these trio with nice colours, details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Catherine
good pose of the Sicus ferrugineus with great sharpness and good details on these delicate flower well contrasting on the BG. Optimal light management.

Hello Catherine,
Wonderful composition with lovely colours and excellent sharpness.
Amazing focus and very good sharpness.

hello Catherine
this is a very nice soft picture with great sharpness and beautiful colours and good details
very good BG.
greeting lou

incredible! Very high quality work of a female Ruddy darter, Hi MF Cathewrine,

Firstly, a bealted but BIGGG:) "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" my dear friend! I wish you all the best with your new age! This is utterly incredible job, as usual, showing a pretty competition for a beautiful flower between two beautiful tiny insects in a delightful composition. The details. Truly impressive shooting MF!
Have a nice night and new week!


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-27 9:53]

Hello Catherine, great macro shot of these beautiful trio together with fine details and composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-27 10:25]

Hi Catherine. This is a fine macro of the two insects on the pink coloured flower. Its niceto see the colour from the summer time. You took this with fine detail and sharp focusing. Your use of the light has given warm colours. well taken TFS.

A Happy and healty New Year to you .

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-27 12:52]

Hi Catherine,
Lovely image like 3D.I liked POV,BG,use of light,large DOF and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Beautiful composition, the insects are very sharp and well positioned. Congratulations!

Hi Catherine.
Very beautiful photo of this colourful flower and two kind of insects.
Colours, details and composition are excellent.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-27 15:03]

Salut Catherine,un jolie souvenir de l'ete' avec lequel s'amuser un peu avec le titre que tu as choisi..hehe...une photo de parfaite qualite' comme d'habitude et le moyen d'en connaitre 2 dans la meme photo! Mes compliments et bonne semaine,Luciano

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-28 10:56]

So funny title and cute capture dear Catherine.
We can see fine details in both insects and in the flower too.
Thanks for sharing and about your kind critiques to "mellinho". He is so excited.

bonjour Catherine
très belle capture de cette jolie scabieuse et ses deux visiteurs, les details et les couleurs sont remarquables, les deux insectes sont bien en focus
la lumiére met toute cette petite scene bien en valeur.
passe une bonne nuit et je te souhaite une bonne année 2010

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-12-31 18:52]

Hi Catherine,
very beautiful composition with veery details and sharp features of the insect and the flower petals.
nice colours that bring the shot in a special beauty.
nice use of light making the composition so pleasant.
well done.


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