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Sleeping Damsel

Sleeping Damsel
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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: 2006-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 50mm F2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-06 10:42
Viewed: 4363
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The insect family Nabidae contains the damsel bugs. The terms damsel bug and nabid are synonymous. There are over 400 species. They are soft-bodied, elongate, winged terrestrial predators. Many damsel bugs catch and hold prey with their forelegs, similar to mantids. They are considered helpful species in agriculture because of their predation on many types of crop pests, such as cabbage worms, aphids, and lygus bugs.

Damsel bugs of the genus Nabis are the most common. They and other genera are most numerous in fields of legumes such as alfalfa, but they can be found in many other crops and in non-cultivated areas. They are yellow to tan in color and have large, bulbous eyes and stiltlike legs. They are generalist predators, catching almost any insect smaller than themselves, and cannibalizing each other when no other food is available.
(extract from Wikipedia)

The species I have photographed seems to be Nabis apterus, that reaches 9 to 11mm length (I attached a second view in workshop, that may help for better identification). The feelers are as long as its body. This species moves very slowly, and is not shy at all, so that I could photograph it with ease. It hunts for other insects and spiders, which it will firmly hold with its forelegs, and with its stinging mouthparts it will suck their bodyfluid. It is also described to prick on plants, if the prey are rare.
(information from reference)

Thanks for your interest,


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  • Great 
  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-08-06 17:36]

Bella foto Patrick!
Belli i dettagli, mi piace molto il contrasto con lo sfondo nero, ottima composizione, bravo!


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  • ptMan Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 5 N: 14] (88)
  • [2006-08-07 0:18]

Beautiful detail especially against the solid black background.

Hi Patrick,
Sorry it took so long :)
This is a great macro. Excellent DOF, color, exposure and sharp detail..The composition and black BG is excellent as well..I've never seen one of these, although similar..Thank You.
Very well done.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-24 8:01]

Hello Patrick,
this is a wonderful macro and very interesting, I never seen this type of insect. Very well captured with a wonderful composition. POV, sharness and detail are excellent.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-16 20:37]

Hello Patrick,
very interesting shot of a very interesting insect. You have shown all its characteristic features here. Great composition as well.
Good job!!!
Best greetings,

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