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Panorpa communis(scorpionfly)

Panorpa communis(scorpionfly)
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Copyright: Nemes Septimiu (septimiu_nemes) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 371] (2161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cibershot H2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-22 8:37
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Panorpa communis
Panorpa communis or common scorpionfly is a species of scorpionfly native to Western Europe.

The common scorpionfly has a black and yellow body, with a reddish head and tail. In the male has a pair of claspers at the end of its tail (for holding the female during mating), giving it a scorpion-like appearance, although there is no stinger. It has a wingspan of about 35mm. The head is drawn into a prominent, downward pointing beak, with the mouthparts at the tip. The eyes are large. The wings are mostly clear, but have many dark spots or patches.

The larva resembles a caterpillar and grows up to 20mm long. it has three pairs of thoracic legs and eight pairs of prolegs. The adult is seen between May and September, and can be usually found in hedgerows and patches of nettle. They eat dead insects (although they sometimes eat live aphids), sometimes stealing them from spider webs.The adults rarely fly, instead preferring to crawl over their leafy habitat in search of their food.

Although fully winged, the adults rarely fly very far and spend much of their time crawling on vegetation in damp, shaded places near water and along hedgerows. Eggs are laid in soil annually and the larvae both scavenge and pupate there.

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Hi Septimiu,
I love these beautiful scorpionflies.
You captured a pretty male.
It seems to be very young, the wings are glittering and we can see the structure very well. Thanks, excellent shot
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-22 8:52]

Salut Septi!

Excellent macro of this quite common insect. Very good details and colours on wings and body. Good BG, composition is slightly too centered in my oppinion. Overall very nice work!

A lovely shot.
Very nice light and bright.
Perfect sharp and nice colors. Good picture, very good.
Best regards. Carme.

Hello Nemes,

this is a great macro capture with very fine details. Great focus and fine DOF.

nice one nemes !
I like this green BG, the insect, quite sharp, stands out quite nicely on it

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-22 9:46]

Hello Nemes,
Very beautiful clear colours in this photo. Excellent details and DOF. Good composition.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-01-22 9:52]

O fotografie reusita despre aeasta insecta! Claritate, culori minunate, felicitari!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-22 10:16]

Hello Nemes,
this is an excellent shot fine sharp detail perfect DOF and good smooth contrasting background .Very well done tfs rgds Siggi

Hi Septimiu,
Superb capture of this beautiful common scorpionfly, excellent sharp and fine details, well composed.
TFS and best regards.

Hi Nemes,
A nice capture of this beautiful scorpion fly. Sharp details and lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-22 11:33]

Hello Septimiu,
A splendid sharp capture of the Scorpion Fly.
Beautiful colours and very well composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Nemes,

another nice shot of an insect.
Good pov, details and dof.

Beautiful colours.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-22 12:13]

Hi Septimiu,

I feel like such a dummy. Everyone is saying how common these Scorpionflies are and I have never seen one before, nor even heard of them. It's beautiful and so colorful. Excellent colors, sharp details and marvelous against those fresh green leaves. Thank you for the introduction.


Ciao Sptimiu, beautiful Panorpa with wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Septimiu,
a wonderful image of a Common Scorpionfly taken from an excellent POV in a splendid composition; the sharpness is very good with fine details; i like very much the nice luminosity and the vivid colours; very great work.
TFS. Greetings.

hello septimiu
wow!! GREAT shot !!
amazing vivid colors and perfect sharpness on the scorpionfly
lighting, pose and composition are superb

Hola Nemes
Magnífica captura de esta mosca en la que nos muestras con gran nitidez sus detalles, excelente color e iluminación.
José Ramón

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-23 2:21]

Hello Septimiu
An excellent macro capture of a male Scorpionfly taken from a great POV with fine sharpness and set in a pleasing composition against the contrasting green Bg.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes,

Thanks for your kind critique on my 500th!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-23 19:15]

Hello Nemes,
Superb work here Nemes the detail is extrordinary. Thank you for sharing.

Excelente trabajo Nemes, no solamente por la limpieza con la que captaste el insecto, sino también por el trabajo con la luz y ese increible fondo. Riqueza y belleza en los colores del conjunto.
Un bello trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Septimiu,

I like the way this scorpionfly is captured. Very good contrast and such fine details against the green.
Well framed and TFS.

Have a great weekend and best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-24 5:54]

Hello Nemes,
Very pleasant picture of the Panorpa communis. Excellent sharpness on the insect, nice green background, may be the subject is a little bit too centred, but it's not disturbing.
Have a nice weekend

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