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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/5.8
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hymenoptera: bees, wasps and ants, (sawflies), Insects around the world, Insects' World, Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-15 11:49
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!!!

As I promissed last time, today something with 6 legs, a very fresh photo from my last entomological trip to Spala Landscape Park. This picture was taken in old forest area in Konewka Nature Reserve.

Because this is a portrait I would like to dedicate this picture to the great animal portrait photographer - Annick (vanderschelden).
Dear Annick, I know that this is not a bird or mammal but I hope you will like it :>

And now a few words about the object...
Really as for now I am not sure the species ID but this insect belongs to genus Crabro (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae), most probably C. quadricinctus.

Body size: 9-17 mm (males are smaller than females), and the width of head in this individual was about 4-5 mm.

Habitat: adults are observed mainly on Umbelliderae flowers, but they can be find also on dead trees in forests (like this one) where they nest in old wood.

Feeding behavior: as in other solitary wasps (Sphecidae) larvae are carnivorous and eat different species of flies (Diptera), which are hunted only by females. Adult Crabro specimens eat mainly flower nectar.

Distribution: great part of Europe.

If you like, please feel free to see my earlier picture of another species from this family, Philanthus triangulum :>

Well, the title of this picture is "Hello!" but really this is my last picture these days. Tomorrow I am going to Macedonia for about 3 weeks where I hope to take some interesting pictures. Please be sure that I will show some of them on TN ;>

So my dear Friends, all the best for all of you and see you in August!!! :>

nglen, gracious, Jamesp, eqshannon, SelenE, marhowie, extramundi, ellis49, Kaszek, Proframe, JORAPAVI, vanderschelden, uleko, Juyona, IulianGherghel, livios, delic, jlbrthnn, Necipp, jmirah, Alex99, mesquens, meyerd, valy67, liziafa has marked this note useful
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Hi Radomir,
a big smile back to you and this lovely guy.
The shot is very nice, I had to laugh, a wonderful moment
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-07-15 11:54]

fantastic focus wonderful eye details good colors nice DOF and background

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-15 12:04]

Hi Radomir. this is what you call a macro shot. the eyes are fantastic. very good detail and colour. great POV /DOF. very well done TFs good notes too.
have a good safe trip.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-15 12:13]

Hi Radomir,
an awesome close-up.
Detailed and sharp.
Well done,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-15 13:00]

Hi Radomir

Wow - stunning macro - great detail and colour with a very effective POV.


Have a great holiday, Radomir! I will look forward with great pleasure to seeing your photographs if they are anythig like this! This is awesome! Wonderful pov, excellent sharp detail and great composition.
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

nice funny and perfect macro radonir!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-07-15 13:42]

i haven't words,beautifull shot !!

A very nice depiction and great notes..and thanks for your wishes as well...One thing I must ask...do these like kielbasa?


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-15 14:43]

Hi Radomir,
POV, details, focus and composition are very nice.
Hope you have a great time in Macedonia.
Best wishes,

Great detail, nice color and exposure Radomir. I like the central composition for this one, and the dramatic POV.
Very well done.

Hi Radomir,
the details are very good, I can see every cell in the eye.
Nice colours, fine POV and DOF.
Maybe it's a wee bit dark but that is a minor nit.
Well done.

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2007-07-15 23:22]

Czesc Radek!
Jak zwykle ciekawy owad i ciekawa notka. Swietnie wygladaja te wielkie oczy. Idealnie dopracowana glebia ostrosci.
Udanych wakacji!

Hello Radomir,
What a very beautiful image to dedicate to Annick.
Excellent macro composition with most wonderful details and perfect sharpness and DOF.
I do wish you a great holliday and hope you will come back home with lots of beautiful image of wich I would like to see many ofcourse :)
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

P/S Sorry out of :) will be back tomorrow

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-16 1:26]

Radomir, WoW what a closeup macro shot. The mouth open and it is saying something. Exactly "Hello" may be the word. Ganesh

Hola Radomir,
Excelente macro de gran nitidez donde se aprecian muy bien todos los detalles. La nota como siempre muy completa e interesante, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Fantastic shot
Great sharpness and POV
Good DOF
Well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-16 5:59]

Goodbye for now Radomir!
Excellent close macro of a wasp's face. Excellent detail and lighting and fine light comtrasting BG.
Well done and enjoy Macedonia!
Best regards, Ivan

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-16 7:47]

Hi Radomir,
A wonderful macro of this six-legged insect. Very neat and sharp image with those glaring eye bulbs looking gorgeous. I like your POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Radomir,
Well composed and colourful photo. For example I do like the background full of light and POV displaying the head very well.
Well done

Hello Rodomir,
Wow, awesome macro shot!
so sharp with details
incridible photo and well done

all the best and wonderful trip and stay!!

Hi Radomir, this is very close, and the face of this beasty is very cool :)
The composition is beautiful, and we can even see some facets in those dark eyes, great use of flash.
Thanks, hope your trip was succesful in new finds!
Regards, Felipe.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-16 8:47]

Hello Radomir and Mr Bigeyes!
Great macro of this wasp from a fine POV. Incredible sharp details and fine colours.
I hope you have a really good trip to Macedonia!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-16 13:16]

salut Radomir,
et dire que j'ai manquer cette image très drôle, comme quoi la nature réserve de belles surprises. Excellent POV, vraiment très bon ensemble.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-16 15:55]

Hola Radomir,
sensacional macro,
dealles y pov,
nitidez excelente,

This is a class macro from the master's self itself. The details in those eyes are amazing and the colors are superb

Great macro and very good compo.

Dear Radomir,
stunning close-up. Very intense encounter, very creative approach, strongly capturing the attention, and truly convincing.
My best regards,

PS.: Enjoy your days in Macedonia! Looking forward to see and to read your stories from this most interesting place. Hopefully not too hot there these days.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-07-28 13:05]

Radomir, this is very nice and beautiful.

Excellent composition, focus and pov. I like sharpness too.


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-07-30 0:10]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent close-up. I can almost count the eyes :). Hope you are OK down there with all the wildfires raging on. Regards,

Belle photo de cet insecte' bonjour toi,comment vas tu'avec votre titre et la qualité de la photo on se laisserait refaire et on a envie de lui répondre tellement il a l' air réelle ici sur l' écran de l' ordi. très belle réalisation. Amitiés Thomas

Hello Radomir,
Excellent portrait of this insect with a lot of great details. I like your point of view and framing. Congratulations.

Hello Rad superb sharpness and closeup good detail well taken tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Radomir,
Excellent macro with outstanding POV, color and detail...Very well done...


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-08-13 10:10]

Hello Radomir , Fantastic shot , you have lenzes , great sharpnes details colours bg,good job tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-16 8:25]

Hi, Radomir, again.
Terrific macro shot amazingly titled. Magnification ratio, exactness of colours and details impress the imagination. Perfect flash work and stunning BG. My congratulations. Bravo.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-09-17 15:21]

HI Radomir!
Truly an eyecatching perfect shot with amazing details and great POV!

Hi Radomir and Hello Crabro,
Greetings to both.

Simplemente: impresionante !!


Hi Radomir,
by mishap I never commented on this unique portrait, which I find spellbinding. It's typical for you that you make a portrait head-on and with huge enlargement. The effect is exremely good. After looking at this picture I am convinced that Crabro must have steric vision.
My best regards to you, Radomir

Hi Radomir,

Thankyou very much for the critique! :D
Great shot, very amusing,
it looks almost computerised
it is so sharp and detailed! WOW!
And you have written a funny comment to go with it!

Well done!

Thanks for sharing,
Ruby :)

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2007-12-31 12:39]

Jak by mi takie coś wyskoczyło.... na szczęście to tylko makro :)

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-06-29 12:55]

Hello Radomir !
Wow, this is oje perfect close-up ! You can see many many wonderful details, even the factes on the eyes are visible ! The rest is excellent too, as usual from you - composition, POV, colors, BG, could not have been better. I also think this insect has a strange face; looks funny, I love it. Very well done !

Ale fajna ta "mordka" :)Sprawia wrażenie jakby się uśmiechała. Kolejne znakomite makro. Technicznie bez zarzutu!!!
Myślę, że nie tylko mnie podobają się Twoje prace jest nas tu więcej :)
Mam ostatnio problem z ryjkowcami bardzo bym chciała je fotografować ale ich nie mogę trafić w miejscach gdzie były poprzednio. Może coś się z nimi dzieje niedobrego? Może Ty coś wiesz na ich temat?
Pozdrawiam i czekam na kolejne zdjęcia Małgosia

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