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Vegetarian and Carnivore

Vegetarian and Carnivore
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-24 2:12
Viewed: 3137
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This scene I observed at a forst path margin close to the Eibsee in the Zugspitz-Area in the German Alps.

Side by side you see
- Argynnis paphia
- family: Nymphlidae

- Misumena vatia
- family: Thomisidae

sucking on the flower
- Eupatorium cannabinum
- family: Asteraceae

or a fly (un-identified), respectively.

Species information
Argynnis paphia: A. paphia is widely distributed in Europe and occurs also in Algeria (North Africa). Females can be clearly distinguished from males by their wing markings.

Misumena vatia: M. vatia likes sunny and dry places such as forest margins. It awaits its prey resting on flowers. The specimen shown is a female. As is often the case for spiders, males are smaller. Furthermore, body colour is different in males with the cephlaothorax black-brown and the abdomen preferentially yellow.

Eupatorium cannabinum: The species is wiedespread throuhour Europe and flowers in July and August. The plant contains eupatorin as cytotoxic flavonoid, a group of compounds which may also show protective effects on cancer development.

* Tolman T. & Lewington R. (1998) Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
* Bellmann H (1997) Kosmos Atlas der Spinnentiere Europas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
* Bellmann H (1984) Spinnen beobachten - bestimmen. - Verlag Neumann-Neudamm, Melsungen.
* Polunin O. (1980) Pflanzen Europas. - BLV Verlagsgesellschaft, München.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-24 2:21]

Spider,fly, flower and a lovely butterfly!
Amazing capture!
Have a great Christmas my friend!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-24 2:24]

Very fine capture, very unusual to see a butterfly also.
Good composition and fine details also very soft lighting. beautiful. tfs.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-24 2:25]

Hallo Peter.

A great catch, three different insects in one shot and all of them are scharp.
Amazing scene to look at, one is almost ready to be eaten and another can look as a spectator.
Veryy well done.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Gr. Hans

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-24 6:53]

Hi Peter.
What a richness of pictured scene. How many attractive creatures have been captured (and not only by you). I like simply great diagonal composition of the shot, wonderful details of the insects and flower, superb smooth BG. Bravo and my best wishes in New Year.

hello Peter
this isa great picture with zo many to see
super shot with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Happy Christmas dear Peter! Fantasitic capture in excellent DOF and razor details.


Hello Peter,

A curious picture, but brings a sense of what happens everyday in nature. Good work, very well constructed, has made very good use each item.

Greetings and thanks for sharing!

Merry Christmas to you Peter!

** NOTE: I was very busy with my work, but I think I'll have more time to TN! I'm glad!

Ciao Peter, great action macro, fantastic capture with a lot of creatures on a beautiful flower, splendid natural colors, fine details, wonderful blurry BG and superb sharpness, very well done my friend, Merry Christmas to you and your family, ciao Silvio

Buen trabajo con la luz, de la cual sacaste buen partido a pesar de su poca intensidad. Buen enfoque y profundidad así como una gran naturalidad en los colores.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

ciao Peter!
beautiful capture this simultaneous, with three species in different life situations
best wishes for a happy Christmas with your family

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