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Little World
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Kenko Pro 300 2x Teleconverter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-03-15 11:55
Viewed: 4378
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know someone that was not so happy to see his orange tree leaves with those bunch of strange insects...

This picture was taken with X2 TC, extension tube (36mm) and a monopod.

After a little reserch on the net I found a site that has a lot of details on these green little insects, I took few lines from there, you can find the whole summery at "Gordon Aphid's page" : http://www.earthlife.net/insects/aphids.html

In workshop I added (also from this site) an explanation on the Aphid's structure.

There are about 4 000 species of aphids in the world of which about 250 are serious pests. Scientists believe that the number of species remained relatively small until the angiosperms (flowering plants) became more common, then as the aphids adapted to these new and rapidly speciating plants so their species numbers increased also. Twenty-five percent of all plant species are infested with aphids, and though it is believed that the speciation of aphids has followed that of plants not all groups of plants are equally parasitised. The Compositae, the 3rd most specious plant family, supports the most aphid species (605 species), but the Orchidacea, the 2nd most specious plant family, only support 9 species of aphids while the Rosaceae which is only the 22nd most specious plant family supports the 3rd highest number of aphid species (293 species). The plant family which supports the 2nd highest number of aphids is Coniferae (363 species) but these are non-flowering plants.

Aphids have a world-wide distribution but there are far more species in temperate zones, we have more than 500 species in the UK while there are about 1350 species in North America. Most aphids are monophagous, though some feed on more than one species of plant, species like Myzus persicae which feed on a number of different plant species are very rare.

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To red45: About the wierd things on their back...elroyie 1 03-15 13:33
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-15 13:19]
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I must say that I'm not big fan of Aphids but your picture is very good Elroyie! Green and detailed, we can see every detail of those strange insects. Good composition and light. I wonder what is this weird 'black ball on stick' on its backs?

very good detailed image of these pests of cultivated plants the cause of so many plant crops across the world, and the notes are something else , superbly detailed TFS

Elroyie, This is great!! You've done a superb job with the new sigma..This demonstrates very well what it can do.. I ordered one yesterday for the coming spring insects..Excellent note - Excellent job!

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-03-15 14:48]

It is rare to see an attractive picture of an aphid, they usually look like translucid plastic blobs. This one is very good, even though the DOF is on the short side. But the subject is so small that it is, I guess, almost unavoidable.
Well done

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-15 15:30]

Hi Elroyie. This is great, I think it has to be one of the best aphid shots that I have seen. Lovely details and the little droplet of honeydew is great. Very well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-03-15 20:19]

This is taking macro to the extreme!
Excellent detail you've captured here on these tiny pests.
Great work,well done.

Excellent Macro shot on these Aphids. Great detail and color.This is very well done, with great notes.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-16 6:21]

Unbelievable, what a great macrocloseup! RAZORsharp details. This is great! TFS!

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-03-16 12:29]

Fantastic macro.
Excellent sharpness.
Very good made.

A very interesting macro and note. Strange insects when you see them this close. Good POV, pity the DOF is a bit short, but its still an interesting shot.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-03-21 10:19]

amazing macro! I think in near future we will see photos of viruses or bacteries in macro category! the progress is ireversible.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-22 21:43]

Elroyie, this is great. Very nice colors and composition. I checked the workshop; nice idea.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-12 16:25]

Hi Elroyie!
Great macro, sharp and focused, with very cute composition of family of these little pests, aphids up close and personal!TFS!

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