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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony VCL-M3358 Close
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 5) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-04 15:31
Viewed: 4401
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Insecta > Ephemeroptera > Polymitardicae
Specie: Ephemera danica.

Did You Know?

Ephemeroptera are some of the oldest insects known.

There are around 2100 species known from the World.

Mayflies are the only insects to have two winged adult stages.

This species lives chiefly in lakes and fast flowing streams and rivers with a sandy or gravely bottom. The nymphs burrow into the substrata to form a tubular burrow and use their prominent gills to circulate the water in the burrow. Elliott, Humpesch and Macan (1988) classify E. danica as a 'collector-filterer', meaning it feeds by filtering fine particulate organic detritus from the water column. Ephemera danica usually has a two year life cycle, however recent work has shown that in the warmer waters of Southern England the species is able to complete its life cycle in one year.

Emergence of the adults takes place during daylight on the surface of the water or takes place partly or entirely out of the water on a stick, stone, or stem of an aquatic plant. The main flight period of E. danica has been recorded as between April and November. Females of this species carry up to 8300 eggs, which they lay by flying down to the water surface and releasing them in several batches. The female flies upstream and descends to the surface of the water releasing a few eggs by dipping the tip of her abdomen at intervals whilst flying over the water, or by actually settling on the water surface for short periods. The eggs sink to the bottom and are dispersed over a wide area. After several visits to the water surface the egg supply is finished and the spent female falls on to the water surface.

Complete info on this insects HERE.

Hope you like!

F8 - 1/125 - Manual mode - Handheld

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  • Great 
  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-04 15:47]

Felipe this is great. Very sharp details and magnificent colours with very good Dof and POv. I loved the shines on the wings.
Very well done.

Wow, this is sharp and clear ;-))
Focus spot on, good DOF, the entire critter within DOF range, excellent colours.
The only other thing to wish for would have been more separation from the bg, but with bugs this isn't always possible.

This is very nice Felipe.
Great clarity of detail, spot on focus and good use of fill flash.

  • Great 
  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-06-04 16:17]

Very clear and strong photo... Colors and composition looks great...TFS...Ina...

Hi Philipe!
I tried today make the same picture like this ... but I'm not so good at that like you :-((((

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-04 16:35]

Super macro, Felipe. Absolutely perfect on all counts. Congratulations. : )

Who needs a cumbersome DSLR kit when you can obtain this quality from a digicam, makes me wonder. Excellent sharpness and clarity. Superb composition, presentation and note. Quailty post Felipe, well done.

  • Great 
  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-04 19:15]

Hello Felipe,
A fabulous capture.
Superb sharp detail and excellent composition.
Great colours.
I would say this is your best macro yet and I look forward to more.
Very well done.



This insect is very diferent.


Very good macro, Felipe. High quality.
Excellent sharpness with very good details, good DOF, well coompsed and nice colours.
Great work.

Belle photo Felipe.
Bravo, j'aime beaucoup.

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-06-05 5:38]

Bonne photo, la netteté et l'exposition sont parfaits.

Félicitation pour les belles couleurs !

Excellent work my friend! Very good quality. Very good sharpness, details, colors, light and DOF. Excellent note, Very well done!!

WOW! Felipe this is a great macro. Details are so sharp and what an interesting critter. Fantastic!

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-05 13:16]

Hi Felipe!
As we can see your master of DOF not only with mushrooms ;-) Are you hypnotizing your subjects ;-) ? It is hard to find insect which is not moving during 1/125 ;-) Just joking! Great capture, very detailed and sharp. Insect is very interesting and looks great!

  • Great 
  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-05 17:35]

Wow, this is sharp Felipe! Superb colors, great POV & DOF and well composed. Exposure is spot on, BG is nice and oof and the frame adds a lot to the picture imo. Well done & TFS!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-06 3:28]

Bel insecte bien mis en valeur dans cette composition photographique. Jolies couleurs, bonne netteté et bon point de vue.
Beautiful insect in an interesting & very well done macro !!!

Great post Felipe.Do you remember the Mayfly post I did a few months ago? Our New Zealand species are all unique to this country. Yours looks much more colourful.

  • Great 
  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-03 14:55]

A wonder of Nature!
Excelent picture!

Hola Felipe,
Me alegra mucho que hayas retornado a TN por tus continuas críticas, respuestas y por tus maravillosas fotos. Si bien tu última foto s hermosa hoy quiero criticar esta que vi en tu intro. Me parece que los detalles son una "locura", maravillosos, los colores y la luz, así como la composición son excelentes.
Hermosi´simo trabajo

Hello my Friends!
Well, I have to say that I overlooked this picture before. Quality of this photo is really great. Every single detail of mayfly's wings is perfectly visible. DOF and colouration are really fantastic. I like also a profile POV and informative note :)
By the way, not for points but just for fun and to to compare, please feel free to look at "my version of mayfly" here.
TFS this beauty picture!

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