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Giant and Dwarf

Giant and Dwarf
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Copyright: patrick neuberg (pat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 50mm F2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-12 12:02
Viewed: 4506
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This macrophoto is showing a very small collembola (springtails, the dwarves among the primitive insects) next to a “big” beetle larva that is up to 3cm in length. It is the larva of the fire red beetle Pyrochroa coccinea, whose flattened body is well adapted to live in the small interstices under the bark of rotten trees, where you also can find all sorts of springtails. This larvae is hunting for other insects that are living on decomposing wood even in the cold season, as in early March.

Photo taken with the new Sigma 50mm macro lens. Two flashes were used in combination with a plasitic diffusor sheet (built-in flash + a slave flash, power set manually). Digital Iso200.

PS7 used for postprocessing (levels, USM fliter)

Thanks for looking :-)

PS: The adult beetle is a real beauty and has been nicely captured by Christophe Berche : http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/France/photo16157.htm

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Not cute enough for any points? ;) This is a fascinating, if slightly revolting, portrait of a beetle larva and I appreciate your accompanying notes. The flash glare is still a little harsh from the insect's very smooth surface, despite your best efforts. Maybe a slight -ve compensation would be required?
regards, Nigel.

nice macro with good colour! Good note, details and composition!
TFS Ana:)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-18 14:35]

Allo Patrick,
excellent marcor, nice sharp details and wonderful colors.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-03-19 3:29]

Bonjour Patrick, super cette photo de grosse larve et de petit collenbole à coté. Je connaissais le Cardinal adulte mais pas sa larve. Mes félicitations , Didier.

Hello Patrick,
Very interesting shot. I wouldn't probably noticed the sprintale if you didn't wrote about it. I don't really like beetle larves. They are quite disgusting to me, but two points are well deserved for this interesting post and good picture.

Hello Patrick,
Well composed macro closeup with sharp detail and great use of flash. Nice color, and the subject stands out well from this surface it's on. I can clearly see the tiny collembola you noted. Great stuff.
Very nicely done!

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-04-01 17:34]

j'avais pensé avoir bien photographié ma Pyrochroa, et puis j'ai vu ta photo. Alors, je me suis permis de faire un lien à ta photo!

Hello Patrick!
Really I have to say, that this picture was found by me thanks to Dietrich who added link to your presentation.
I really like to watch little known and "non-commercial" insect species and here I can see two of them! :) The first is on course larva of Pyrochroa, but there is also a very small Collembola specimen :)
It is not easy to take good picture of shiny creature but this is really nice. On the other hand a little better DOF would be good to keep all body sharp :)
Anyway, very interesting presentation and thanks you for this!

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