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Parasites' eggs ?

Parasites' eggs ?
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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: 2005-08-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, SigmaEX 105macro 2.8
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-27 12:28
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This male scorpion fly (Panorpa communis, of Mecoptera family) attracted my attention as it was decorated with some sort of bright red eggs. I don't know what kind of parasite could have laid its eggs on this insect . Does the future larva feed on its host or is it just a special case of phoresy (intended for spreading)?

I photographed this insect in a polder of Rhine river in a nature reserve. At 8:30am the insect was not very active because temperature was still down.

Photo was taken at digital Iso200 with Sigma 105mmEX macro, with built-in flash and plastic diffuser.

Levels, USM and resizing for site done with PS.

Thanks for looking :-)

TAZ, carper, wishnugaruda, phlr, naki, ddg, shirgold, Mousehill, cedryk, Ninfa, gerhardt, pitai has marked this note useful
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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2005-08-27 12:31]
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Very good macro, Patrik.
Nice to see a male with the hook on the tail.
Never seen any with "eggs" before.
Well composed, good PPOV and good details.
Very well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-27 14:00]
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fantastic patrick,
wauw what a detail shot, parasites on a scorpionfly I have never seen this before, what a macro, yes i think it is something like parasites, maeby can some of the other members can give you the answer. For a few days ago we had Paul here one the site. When anybody would know it , he knows what it is. Very good in pov, great dof, good composition, very good job,
gr. jaap

Very nice clear captur Patrick the diffusing of the flash worked well in lighting the details in the body. if there was to be a small nit with the image it would be with the cropping off of the end of the antenae, but that is a very minor point.
As to the attached eggs, I think that they are probably some form of mite in their own rightrather than eggs, we see this type of parasite on damsel and dragonflies and they look just the same.
hope this is of use yours Robert

Hello Patrick,
a very impressive photo of such an interesting insect. I like this sort of fly very much, I've made a photo of a female, but never seen a male life. Your's has such good DOF, special the tail is good to see. So pretty.
Thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-27 15:32]
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That is a very cool macro, Pat. The details are stunning. I love the eggs. So interesting. Thanks for a wonderful capture and TFS. : )

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-27 17:27]

Such a perfect definition!
So clear and sharp!
Above scale!

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-08-27 18:20]
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Remarkable shot indeed. Very sharp and an excellent POV.
Those are ectoparasitic mites ( not eggs) probably of the genus Eutrombidium, perhaps Eutrombidium rostratum, AKA Locust mites. They suck the insect's "blood" (hemolymph) and attack a wide variety of insect species and other arthropods.

fantastic composition, good pov and a marvelous dof, good colours too, fantastic job my friend,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-28 2:37]
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Wow ! I like your vertical composition for this impressive male scorpion fly. I am very interested to see the details on body and tail. Nice blurred backgroung. It is strange this red eggs...
Thanks for sharing Patrick.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-08-28 4:49]
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Hi Pat, very good post. I have no idea about the red eggs, but it's very interesting. Very good colours and details. The cut off antennea is the only minor nit IMO. Very good flashwork.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-08-28 4:55]
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WauWWW what finds a splendid photograph I this, nicely of colour and well sharpen. Groetjes Lia

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-28 14:03]
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Bonjour Patrick, bravo pour cette composition de mouche scorpion avec ses parasites . Je n'ai pas connaissance de ce que cela peut être.Belle couleur et bon piqué. TFS Didier.

Fantastic! Never seen this insect before but have seen these parasites.
Excellent details.
TFS - Shir

Great macro shot of the scorpion fly with the parasites attached. A few weeks ago I shot my first scorpion fly, but in the time I've been shooting macros I've never seen these parasites. Well captured and a good exposure on the fly. I like the way the distinctive tail is also visible in this phote.

Una foto perfectamente tomada, la profundidad de campo es muy buena, asi como la iluminación. Los datos que mencionas son muy interesantes, creo que en Peru no tenemos de este tipo de insecto.


super sharp and incredible colors! TFS!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-22 18:29]

Perfect and very informative shot of this prasitised scropion fly. Several times I have seen scorpion flies with such mites attached but never had a chance to capture that. Great job! TFS! Michal

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-23 21:41]

Salut Patrick!
This is a very strange insect, and I am glad you took such a splendid image of it. Focus and DOF are excellent, same for the exposure. Great shot and TFS

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2005-12-18 13:00]

Hola Patrick: Definitively the intense red color of the eggs is an immediate attractiveness in the image, the perspective allows to appreciate the details of its anatomy very well: from the jaw until the cercus. Congratulations for this composition excellently achieved. Saludos Cordiales. *Ninfa Urania*

Very interesting capture with the parasites and all. We have scorpion flies here but I would still love to get one in my sights. Very well done.

Hola Patrick,
Very strange insect, I never see it.
Good macro and details, i like the red eggs on it.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-03-27 7:00]

Hi Patrick, everyday I like more the TN for pictures like this ones. Nature is really incredible and thanks to the technology and talent of many people as yourself we can be witness of it. thanks for this unusual shot. Great colors, details and timing. Best regards, Gabriel


I love this macro that you have posted. The Composition, POV, DOF and BG make for a wonderfully detailed pic of the subject. TFS,

bonjour patrik
j'aime beaucoup cette vue de la mouche scorpion,on peut profiter de son profile chos que l'on ne voit pas sur ma photo.la netteté est impeccable.

Hi Patrik
It's also wonderful.

great capture, TFS Ori

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