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Roach Face

Roach Face
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-03 5:22
Viewed: 4402
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Run for Your Lives!
The world's largest roach (which lives in South America) is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan.

Roaches By the Numbers
6 -- Number of legs on a cockroach
18 -- Number of knees on most cockroaches (at least!)
40-- Number of minutes cockroaches can hold their breath
75 -- Percentage of time that cockroaches spend just resting (how lazy can you get?)
5,000 -- Number of species of cockroaches worldwide
280 million+ -- Years ago that cockroaches are thought to have originated (during the Carboniferous era)

Bad News
Some female cockroaches mate once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives (bummer).

The Legend of the Headless Cockroach
A cockroach can live a week without its head. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can't drink water and dies of thirst.

Wanna Race?
Cockroaches can run up to three miles in an hour. (Hey, it's no marathon, but it's not bad.)

Better Check Those Cracks in the Wall
Young cockroaches need only a crack as thin as a dime (about .5mm wide) to crawl into. Adult males can squeeze into a space of 1.6mm or the thickness of a quarter. Pregnant females need the most space to hide: 4.5mm or a space as tall as two stacked nickels.

Little Hearts
A cockroach heart is nothing but a simple tube with valves. The tube can pump blood backwards and forwards in the insect. The heart can even stop moving without harming the roach.


Had had enough :-)?


jcoowanitwong, jmp, gurupawan, eqshannon, Jamesp, jaycee, ridvan, uleko, Argus, dew77, lawhill, gannu has marked this note useful
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Hi dear Ram ,
great macro with amazing colour.
it is interesting shot.
Best wishes

Hi Ram,
Simple creature but best adapt to environment. This is a marvelous animal. You did a nice macro picture here. Very well done.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-03 6:51]

Hi Ram,
an extremely sharp and well composed shot of this roach.
Very detailed.
Well done,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-03 6:52]

Hi Ram,
High impact shot of this roach! After reading your note, one can understand how strong this insect is! Clearly you have taught us that brain is not importat to life, at least as a roach!
TFS and best regards, Josť M.

Hi ram ,

Good shot , now i know how this guys can survive so easily in evey condition , This note is now pushed to my brain tubes to be stored thx for this note and also the pic.



Notes are very useful as marked. The picture sticks right out because of its cammo of color. If it were not for the ability to identify some flower parts, I would have thought it on a red velvet background setting.

Certainly color and notes combine to make the roach a bit more understandable, yet my feelings for them remain.

Bob -Pacific NW Wilderness

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-03 9:49]

Hi Ram

An outstanding - if un-nerving - shot. Great detail and colours.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-03 11:02]

Hi Ram,

Wonderful macro of a roach - aaaaaaagh, six inches long? Your notes were fascinating but I have no desire to meet one of these. Shows up well on the red flower but what is he doing on a flower??? Very interesting post.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-03 11:17]

Hi Ram,
Wow.......how much closer can you go? This is a real illustration of excellence here and good use of equipment. Superb macro with vibrant colours. Neat, sharp and gorgeous. Very educative note to understand this species and demonstrate its qualities (sic!). Very nicely composed. Kudos.

selam ulla; wow excellent macro shot of this roach,good details presented ,very nice BG and POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-03 13:18]

Hello Ram,
Are you trying to frighten us? Not me, I had a pretty big one in my bed in a hotel room in Delhi! Lucky I'm not particularly scared of insects!! Amazing macro you're showing us here - how big is this specimen? (But - I might be scared if I met one without a head!!)

WHatever happens to this planet these will no doubt survive!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-03 13:27]

Hello Ram,
Nice note describing this primaeval insect and a good shot of the head and thorax with good lighting from the flash. Cockroaches are not that common in Sweden, though there is a small forest species that is civilised enough to stick to the forest and not intrude into our homes.
I think the scientific name for your subject is Blatta orientalis: this I remember from over 50 years ago at school when we dissected them as typical for the structure of an insect.
TFS and have a good week,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-03 15:35]

Hello Ram,
Beautiful close up.Sharpness,details and colors are excellent.

Hello Ram,
Great macro, nice colors and POV well capture,
TFS best regards/Lawhill

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-04 5:29]

Hello Ram,

fascinating post, if not a little unsettling. Great details and vivid colour.



  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-04 5:47]

Sir, Thank god I saw this in the mrng or otherwise oops the look itself is scary. Ganesh PT tmw

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