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Copyright: Joanna Wieczorek (cafecrem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1201 W: 60 N: 1392] (9248)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus 765UZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-16 10:46
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Scorpion fly [male] taken during our trip to Jura.

corpion Fly
Panorpa communis
Length 14mm

A strange-looking insect, the male of which has a scorpion-like, upturned abdomen. Flight weak and at rest holds wings flat. Head has beak-like downward projection used in feeding; scavenges dead animals, including contents of spiders' webs, and ripe fruit. Seen May-July in hedgerows and among brambles.

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good capture of a beautiful colored fly. the focus is right on.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-07-16 11:07]

Excellent capture and well done on the composition.
More DOF would have been just right. The focus is in between the wings where they connect in the narrow spot.
Not bad.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-16 11:08]

Great capture Joanna. Good colors, well composed and good POV. BG seems a bit noisy but nothing serious. Well done & TFS!


Hi Joanna,
Excellent composition. Just saw Gregs, and I think this one is alittle better. Very Nice!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-16 12:00]

Yes, yes, yes - yours is better Joanna so listen everybody - you may write this, I won't be angry ;-) Very interesting insect, I like its colorfull body and stained-glass looking wings. Great!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-16 12:49]

Such a beautiful insect!
Wonderful colors!
5* photo and favourite!

This one is amazing,wonderful texture in its wings with a great graphism,nicely used of DOF and very well captured,a bit bright in top but not important thing for this excellent sharpness insect,very well seen and worked with a great composition,I enjoy it,oh,this days I learnt more after a long time back to TN again:)
Best Wishes

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-16 13:16]

Qua composition is theat one from your friend, better, but even I like this one too Joanna, very good pov and a fantastic dof, good job,
gr. Jaap

Hey Joanna, a very fine macro shot. Excellent detail and good tones of colour. A great capture, very well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-16 15:30]

Hello Joanna, nice capture of this Scorpion fly, there are a number of similar species. This male looks good, the colours and focus are good and it's a nice composition, shame tht light branch/stalk is there in the BG, apart from that it's great. Well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-16 16:47]

Hello Joanna,
Another very nice capture of this unusual insect.
Great colours and detail,excellent composition.
Well done.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-17 4:27]

Hi Joanna, I just saw this one's partner on Greg's site. Nice and sharp, good colours and details. It was a busy day for Scorpion flies. Well done.

Hello Joanna, Very good details, colors and light. I also think yours is contrasted a bit better than Gregs..DOF could be greater, Well done!

Hi Joanna
Sharpness: 5/5
Color: 5/5
DOF: 5/5
POV: 5/5
Great shot
In a friendly way Christophe

Very nice macro, Joanna.
Only one small nit, I want to see the Male in profile to see hi's scorpion-like tail.
Well composed, nice colours and good details.
Very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-17 17:56]

Joanna, there's some noise on the background, but, despite that, this is a nice shot.

Vivid colors and great pov.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-18 2:07]

Hello Joanna!
Wonderful close up.Razor sharp details,colors,POV and composition are perfect.

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  • olar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 137 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-18 3:11]

O, motylek! Bardzo ładny.

Hello Joanna!
Very nice capture.I liked sharpness,details and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful arrest that this insect with beautiful details and well saturated colours. I would maybe have cut the surexposed leaf at the top straight ahead which brings nothing as impact in the image. Bravo!

Belle capture que cet insecte avec de beaux détails et des couleurs bien saturées. J'aurais peut-être coupé la feuille surexposée dans le haut droit qui n'apporte rien comme impact dans l'image. Bravo!

Hi Joanna,
that's my favourite insect in this year.
I never saw it before, but this year I had the great luck to find a female.
Yours is so beautiful and with excellent DOF. Thanks for showing us this interesting insect, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Excellent photograph, background nicely out of focus, colours vivid and picture very sharp.


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