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Lepisma saccharina

Lepisma saccharina
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-05 1:05
Viewed: 3690
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tiny house guests.

This is a Silverfish (Insecta; Zygentoma; Lepismatidae; Lepisma saccharina; Silberfischchen), 11 mm in size and lightning-fast. You might all of you have some in your house wherever in the world you are. But you will only see them at night, for instance when you surprise them in the kitchen or bathroom by turning on the light.

ID: 4 species of the 425 worldwide Zygentoma occur in my region, two of them exclusively living inside houses. Interesting: they are primary wingless insects, palaeontologically old. This does not mean that they are "primitive", just the trait "wingless" is so. As a matter of fact, the scales covering the whole body are as elaborated as any insect scale (see the purple diffraction pattern on the back) and the copulatory behaviour is very complex.

Technical specs: ISO 400, 1/125 sec; f/18; inside the house, on a black plastic surface; macro twin flash with dispersers; monopod. Post processing: PS, removing plastic edge by stamping, the usual cropping, sharpening, resizing, resharpening.

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Hello Dietrich,

Very nice picture of this silverfish. I think it is not the same species that the one I posted few posts ago. Excellent POV and sharpness. Very nice light and colours.

nice capture
excellent shot

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-05 3:55]

HI Dietrich,fantastic pic,i like a lot the colours and the intelligent choice of dark background,excellent note too,have a nice day,luciano

Very nice picture....

Hello Dietrich,

What an intersting silverfish which I have not seen before! Nice details and colors. TFS.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-05 11:56]

Hi Dietrich,
Interesting little insect!
Good capture!

Ciao Dietrich,
questa è davvero una super-macro di L. saccharina!
Complimenti per la nitidezza e la messa a fuoco che sei riuscito ad ottenere nonostante il forte ingrandimento.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-07 1:20]

Hallo Dieter,
Schön jast Du dieses kleine Silberfischchen fotografiert. Nicht einfach dies so gut zu machen. Ich hab sie auch schon am hellen Tag im Badezimmer gesehen. Aber sie waren schnell verschwunden. Interessanter und origineller Beitrag. Uebrigens, wie hast du gemacht, dass Dir das "Motiv" nicht verschwunden ist?
Herzliche Grüsse

Egads! They are ugly. they are bad enough when I find them in my books munching, worse looking this big! Thanks for the shot! Great job!!!

Hi dear Dietrich ,
A perfect macro.
great details and good light.
BG is excellent too.
well done


Buen trabajo, especialmente con la luz de este interesante insecto que supongo todos hemos visto en alguna ocasión. Veo naturalidad en los colores y una sobrada profundidad. Buen trabajo de una especie poco habitual en TK.
Salutations from Torino (Italy) Dietrich:

Josep Ignasi Tejedor

Hallo Dietrich,
Tiefenschärfe und Detailgenauigkeit der Abbildung dieses doch sehr kleinen und auch sehr flinken Silberfischchens sind absolut beeindruckend, und faszinierend ist der Perlmutt-Schiller der silbrigen Härchen auf dem Rückchen.
Ein ganz ausgezeichnetes Makro-Foto dieses so weit verbreiteten Weltbürgers.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

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