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Xorides fuligator

Xorides fuligator
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 583 W: 64 N: 2237] (7529)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/22, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-13 6:37
Viewed: 3069
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser known backyard creatures:
This nervous, about 16 mm long insect represents one of the many entomological wonders on Earth. Its a female Ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera; Ichneumonidae; Xorides fuligator; Xorides Schlupfwespe). The group is remarkable for its long egg deposition borer which is able to penetrate rotten wood. Ichneumonid wasps can locate insect larvae inside rotten tree trunks by their vibrations and odour. The egg borer is a stiff, hollow rod which is set perpendicularely to the wood. When the rod is positioned, the animal starts turning around the rod (!), turning it and driving the rod in. Once the host larva is perforated, a single tiny egg is pressed through the borer. The hatching larva develops inside the host and eats it up from the inside with the host still living.

Charles Darwin wrote to a scientific colleague, Asa Gray: "I cannot persuade myself that a beneficient and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars or that a cat should play with mice."

I on the other hand had a problem of species identification. Ichneumonidae hold many species, some 60'000 worldwide, many insect books shy away from the difficult group. I had to rely on an Internet page: http://popgen.unimaas.nl/~jlindsey/commanster/Insects/Bees/Ichneumonidae.html. As for distribution maps of European taxa: www.faunaeur.org.

The shot was taken with a macro, macro twin flash with light dispersers and a monopod. The animal was found inside the house trapped at the window. With PS the pic was cropped, the background and the leaf darkened, the animal sharpened 50% and saturated 20%. Enjoy!

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Hi Dietrich,
Very good capture and very beautiful colours.
Good framing and sharpness, good shot..!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-13 7:48]
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hi Dietrich,
it's a very good shot with fine details, good DOF and natural colors. The POV is perfect, there is just too much light in the leaf.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-05-13 8:14]
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Hallo Dietrich,
die Charakteristika der Wespe kommen auf deinem Bild gut zum Ausdruck. Auch die Fühler, di bei diesen Tieren ja ständig in Bewegung sind, sind relativ scharf.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Bel angle de vue et commentaires intéressants
Bonne journée.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-13 10:14]
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Fantastic macro, Dietrich!!
Perfect sharpness and details and good point of view and composition.
A kind of wasp? A strange wasp indeed!
Excellent shot and excellent note!
Congratulations and TFS.

Hi Dietrich,
vor langer Zeit hatte ich auch mal so eine Schlupfwespe hier, hatte jedoch keine Ahnung was ich fotografiert hatte und war froh, hier des Rätsels Lösung zu bekommen. Deine gefällt mir sehr gut, super Schärfe und man sieht jedes Detail.
Vielen Dank und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

beautiful composition with nice colours, great focus and sharpness, too much light on the leaf, as glem said, but not really disturbing

Hello Dietrich!
Wow! Really wow! :) I like a lot this photo! Very nice POV and details of the insect (which is really interesting one!).
Only the leaf is a little to light as for me, but it is still very nice photo!
My congratulation!

PS. Some weeks ago I posted another species from this family. If you are interested please see here :>

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8714] (40568)
  • [2007-05-14 9:25]

Hallo Dieter,
Zurück nach einigen Tagen Abwesenheit. Deine Schlupfwespe interessiert mich sehr, habe ich auch in Bürchen welche gesehen und fotografiert (eine andere Art).Nicht ganz angenehm, ihr Verhalten! Interessant auch die weissen Teile der Fühler. Herzlichen Dank für dieses instruktive Bild.
Liebe Grüsse

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