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Death in Black and Red

Death in Black and Red
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tokina AT-X M100 Pro D 1:1
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-04 0:05
Viewed: 3737
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another drama from Botanic Garden in Lodz. On the left corner - one of Assassin bugs, Rhinocoris iracundus. Predator with big beak is sucking another true bug - Graphosoma lineatum. This is quite common scene, because there is many both of species around. But look slightly behind assassin's beak - there is small fly from family Milichiidae which is cleptoparasite and try to eat big, free meal. In one of my last posts I wrote aboute these flies. But this isn't end of story. Look at fly closely - it has big, red abdomen. Well, this isn't abdomen - this is fourth actor of this drama - small mite which parasitized fly. Parasite parasitized by another parasite during theft of food from big predator. Nature is fascinating :-)

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hi gregorz
incredible story and great close up
main subjects pin sharp and great colors

Goodness gracious, here is the veritable enactment of struggle for survival, especially with the parasites doing their act so brazenly, Greg!
Your explanatory note did help in identifying those parasites merging so seamlessly with the scenario.
A fantastic action picture that deserves accolades.
Well done and thanks for sharing this gem of a picture.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-04 0:58]

Hi Greg,it's the first time that i can see the force of the Irancudus,very great timing and excellents sharpness and colors too.A very interesting and different macro very very useful! Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hallo Greg
What a unique image! The interaction between these two bugs is captured with great clarity and preciseness. You say in your note that this is a common scene but believe me for me it is not. For me this is exclusive. At first I thought this is two of the same kind of insects but reading your note and observing a bit closer one can see the difference. The black and red colour is very striking and spells out war quite clearly. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Greg, fantastic action macro, you take great moment, splendid sharpness and amazing details, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-04 3:07]

Hello Greg,
What a fascinating scene, specially through your impressive note. Fantastic sharpness, details, bright colours and POV. You got a wonderful attention to observe such scenes.

Hi Greg

Totally amazing drama, you could write a novel, the interwoven lives of insects...ha ha. Anyway, its just a tremendous image, so TN. Great sharpness and comopsition, but the content is just fascinating. Well done and TFS.


hello Grzegorz, fantastic macro you´ve done, thanks for showing us...
kind regards

Witaj Grzegorz!

Niezła scenka - w takim powiększeniu nawet potyczka niewielkich owadów może budzić grozę świetna kolorystyka i ostrość.


  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-07-04 13:42]

Hi Red . Thanks for the interesting notes to go with the amazing picture. I would have never seen all of the flies with out you saying. Great detail and colours. Well taken TFS.
Nick.. I am sorry i have no more green smiles for today.

Hello Grzegorz,
A masterful performance in this macro!. congratulations! great cut, adequate light, impressive approach and a perfect POV! TFS, regards, Jesús

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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 22:24]

Great macro, Greg!
What a fantastic close-up POV!
Drama indeed! It is hard to figure out which appendage belongs to whom.
A very interesting shot for sure.
TFS. : )

Hallo Grzegorz,
a superb macro shot, very good sharpness with incredible detail, marvellous colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-05 3:52]

Hello Grzegorz ,
excellent presentation in its mighty duel. The sharpness is superb and the moment captured is very dramatic,
The nature has its way, and the image is brought by you in a splendid composition.
Congratulations for such an exciting composition.


Wow, cool closeup Greg, they're really going at it!
And all they interesting players too :)
Very well seen and presented,
Great work!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-05 7:54]

Hello Greg,
Great title to a fine capture!
A red-and black Assasin Bug sucking the life out of a red-and black Graphosoma. The POV is great and shows the event with fine sharpness and colours.
I see a fly, parasitised by a red mite, is in on the action too! Life in the raw!
Thanks and have a good week. Here it is now 31 degrees! Pheww!

Witaj Grzegorz.
Świetna scena prosto z życia. Świat owadów nie zawsze jest tak piękny i kolorowy z ich punktu widzenia. Super fotka pełna dramatyzmu, muszka chyba nie chce ich rozdzielić.
Pozdrawiam Robert

Hello Gregorz
great shot of this dramatic scene, i like the close view and all the fine details,
before i read the note, i have not seen the small fly and his red parasite, it's a nice bonus, superb coloration and beautiful contrasting BG
Have a good night

Hello Grzegorz,
What a fascinated scene shared with us thanks to your great observation and excellent capture. Fantastic details. Great! Cheers,

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