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Newborn MAYFLY

Newborn MAYFLY
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Copyright: Richard Beghin (ricx) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 43] (241)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-05
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-25 5:50
Viewed: 2284
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image was taken seconds after the mayfly "hatched" from its first skin. The photo was taken on the kitchen window last Summer. If anything I wish I had taken more care in taking the image. but alas at that time I was more into taking images of landscapes and the history and culture of England (see TE).

However as I go through my photos in an effort to put them into categories (and to delete the many thousands that are just rubbish). I find some little gems- so although this is not a technically correct image. it certainly reflects a decisive moment in this little insects very short life..

I have also had fun finding out a bit more about the MayFly :

Mayflies are insects which belong to the Order Ephemeroptera (from the Greek ephemeros = "short-lived", pteron = "wing", referring to the brief lifespan of adults). They have been placed into an ancient group of insects termed the Palaeoptera, which also contains dragonflies and damselflies. They are aquatic insects whose immature stage (called "naiad" or, colloquially, "nymph") usually lasts one year in freshwater. The adults are short-lived, from a few minutes to a few days depending on the species. About 2,500 species are known worldwide, including about 630 species in North America. Common names for mayflies include "dayfly", "shadfly", "Green Bay fly", "lake fly", "fishfly" (in the Great Lakes region of North America),[2] "midgee", "canadian soldiers" and "jinx fly".

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Hello Rich,
Very interesting picture, great details sharpness, excellent point of view, nice colours, very well seen and well taken,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-25 7:58]

Hello Richard,
This particular moment in the life of insects is always most interesting for the person who watches it. You did well to take the picture, even if it is not a perfect shot. I think it's the documentary value which makes it very valuable and it is really most interesting.
Knd regards

Hallo Richard
you have captured a great interesting moment of this ephemeral species, beautiful colours and nice composition
Best regards

Ciao Rich, great timing for an interesting macro, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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