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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-26 12:10
Viewed: 3842
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Scorpionfly which was taken down by the local river. I do like the markings on the wings.
It was a windy day but bright sunshine.

Latin name: Panorpa communis

Size: They have a wingspan of approximately 35mms

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: Seen between May and September.

Habitat: Scorpion flies are normally found in hedgerows and nettle beds.

Food: Their diet consists mostly of dead insects, which they frequently steal from the webs of spiders.

Special features: Scorpion flies belong to an ancient group of insects known as 'mecopterans' which can be traced back more than 250 million years. It is believed that butterflies and many other species of insect evolved from their ancestors.

Their heads are extended into a beak-like shape, and their tiny jaws are situated at the end.

The name scorpionfly comes from the shape of the males tail, resembling that of a scorpion. Despite the appearance, they are perfectly harmless, and don't sting. The tip of the tail has a pair of claspers which he uses when mating with the female.

Mating can be a dangerous time for the male, if he is not careful the female might decide to kill him! To avoid this he presents her with a gift of a drop of saliva, which in the world of scorpion flies, is the equivalent of a bunch of roses or a box of chocolates.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-26 12:13]

Hello Nick,
No matter what you are presenting here, it's always of a high quality! So this photo. Splendid colours in splendid light and very sharp. Great DOF, POV and OOF BG.

Hello Nick,
Great capture with superb details and natural colours.
Amazing clarity and nice POV.

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-05-26 12:38]

Hi Nick,
Excellent shot nice colours. Very good.
Best regards,

Hi Nick,

Fantastic work! I think it doesn't need any word to critize. Just beautiful. Bravo and TFS my dear friend.

Greetings with my best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-26 12:45]

Hello Nicholas,
a perfectly focused and superb sharp macro of this beautiful Scorpionfly. Great clarity and wonderful colours. Best regards Siggi

The use of very open Aperture setting for taking shots of insects has always been a challenge for me, Nick but seems you did it flawlessly well and the effect of this shallow dept of field is astonishing indeed! Well done!
George Veltchev

Hi Nicholas,
Nice and detailed presentation of this fly. TFS. Ali

Time is chasing butů.
This is just fabulous. I cannot find any flaws. It is a sheer pleasure to stop by a great photographers work and leave a note of admiration for outstanding work.

nice to see something else then your very good bird shots, this one is very nice too very good focus and out of focus


Hello Nicholas
brilliant shot of this scorpion fly female, taken in a beautiful green environment, the POV from the top shows the well focused details on body and wings
delightful colors and great composition
Have a good night

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-26 20:22]

Hi Nocholas,
Excellent maco of this Scorpion flies!

hello Nicholas

beautifully composed macro photo, shot with fine POV, DOF,
fine focus sharpness and details, beautifully blurred background, TFS


Ciao Nick, beautiful skorpionfly with wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-05-27 5:15]

Hi Nick
This is an excellent closed up.I like the sharpness and details that we see.Beautiful OOF BG also.I do have that lens & I'm also please with it ,it is also great for portrait.
TFS Michel

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-27 7:22]

Wonderful image of this beautiful species, good colors and details shown, lovely. tfs.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-27 10:15]

Hello Nick,
A very fine capture of the Scorpion Fly showing it very clearly against the beautiful green background.
Lovely natural colours too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello Nick
great sharpness and good details of this FEMALE scorpionfly
the Male have a body wich look on a scorpion
greeting lou

Beautifully detailed capture Nick. Composition is wonderful and processing is perfect.


Ciao Nicholas. Good POV for thi insect hitten by the light. Beautiful colours in a nice compo.


A finely patterned female specimen taken from a dorsal POV, which demonstrates its typical pattern and colouration rather well Nicholas, the well-chosen BG nicely contrasts the individual. Good job my friend, TFS it indeed!

Muy buena luz y naturalidad en los colores.
Saludos Nicholas.

Hello Nick
Beautiful posture and neatness of the dress
Cheers for this very tone on tone portrait.
Thank you best regards

Hi Nick,
scorpionflies are one of the most beautiful and interesting insects I know - look at these wings, wonderful. You captured this female very pretty from above, I love the nice blurred BG, very fresh.
Thanks, good job
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-01 0:56]

Hello Nick,
Always impressive the Scorpionfly. I remember that already as a kid I looked at them with respect. I believed at the time they could sting.
Well composed fine insect picture. Interesting note too. I like the charming gift of the male..
Take care
Kind regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-01 12:51]

Hello Nick,
Lovely macro of a female Scorpion Fly.
The dorsal POV shows her details with fine sharpness and colours against the leafy BG. An attractive insect wel presented.
Thanks and kind regards,

I too took a picture of one of these...I didnt know at the time what type of fly it was. But thanks to you I now know..great shot by the way. Canon do make good camera's don't they :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-07-04 21:28]

Hi Nick,
That is a rather unusual insect.
I like the patterns on the wings. Makes me think of stained glass windows.
So sharp, and great DOF.
TFS : )

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