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An Old New Friend

An Old New Friend
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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: 2008-09-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-27 8:04
Viewed: 3213
Points: 26
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After weeks of rain and cloudy weather we've got few sunny days. I grabbed my cam and went to short walk to Botanic Garden today. I founded few insects including this one. This is probably my first photo of Trichoptera [Caddisfly]. It is an old friend to me, at least at its larva stage - I observed many of them during years in my desk aquarium.

The name Trichoptera, derived from the Greek words "trichos" meaning hair and "ptera" meaning wings, refers to the long, silky hairs that cover most of the body and wings.

Life History & Ecology:
The order Trichoptera (caddisflies) is another likely descendant of the Mecopteran lineage. Adults are mostly nocturnal, weak-flying insects that are often attracted to lights. During the day, they hide in cool, moist environments such as the vegetation along river banks. The body and wings are clothed with long silky hairs (setae) -- a distinctive characteristic of the order. In flight, the hind wings are coupled to the front wings by specially curved hairs. At rest the wings are held tent-like over the abdomen. Many caddisflies have reduced or vestigal mouthparts. Few species have actually been observed feeding, and most adults are relatively short-lived.

All caddisfly larvae live in aquatic environments; they may be herbivores, scavengers, or predators. In most cases, the predatory species are free-living or spin silken structures in the water (webs or tunnels) to entrap prey. The scavengers and herbivores live within protective "cases" which they build from their own silk and stones, twigs, leaf fragments, or other natural materials. Case design and construction is distinctive for each family or genus of caddisfly. The case is usually portable, dragged around like a snail shell as the insect moves, and held in place by a pair of hooked prolegs at the tip of the abdomen. Most species have thread-like abdominal gills and get oxygen from water that circulates inside the case. All larval growth and development (including pupation) occurs within the case.

More on http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent425/compendium/caddis~1.html

Arjun, techranger, cloud, nglen, vanderschelden, uleko, crs, cicindela, meyerd has marked this note useful
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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-27 8:26]

beautiful treatment, good composition and use of lighting. the fly just in right position and well poised. excellent work.tfs.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-09-27 9:56]

hi greg,
Wonderful macro pic.
nice lighting and good details

Love the lighting here and the diagonal pose of the Caddisfly on the vertical leaf. I have been told that, as a photographer, I see vertical more than the average person. Perhaps that is because of my faith??? Anyway... well done and very nice capture.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-09-27 10:47]

Skromny insekt i skromne rekwizyty ale calosc jest dobrze zharmonizowana. Dobre ustawienie do swiatla.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Extraordinaria nitidez y compo...saludos.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-27 11:41]

Hi Greg . Good to see the sunshine we have had a beautiful day . You have use the light so well in this close up. To give good detail and warm colours. well done TFS.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-27 12:00]

Hello Grzegorz,

Very nice picture of this caddishfly. Excellent POV. Great sharpness. Good light and colours. The sun was here too today, it was rather warm. I could see some dragonflies and butterflies.

Hello Greg,
I do like the lighting. More specifically the way it is shining through that transparent wing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-27 22:29]

Hello Greg,
Excellent view of this Caddisfly in beautiful backlight. Lovely colours and fine sharp details. I love your composition!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-27 22:32]

Hi Greg,

This is a very good close-up of this insect. You have chosen a good DOF getting excelent sharpness in the image. Colors look very fine and natural leaf and insect making a well looking contrast with the background.

Thank you for sharing,

Brawa na stojaca za pokazanie tego robala! Chruscikow Ci u nas jak na lekarstwo, wiec kazda fotka jest na wage zlota! :>
Swietle swiatlo i kompozycja (az nawet troche nienaturalnie ten osobnik wyglada, siedzac tak dziwnie na krawedzi - ale wiem, ze skubane tak potrafia :>).
Nic dodac, nic ujac!
No moze jeszcze tylko jakies ID - zwierzak bardzo podobny do Rhyacophila dorsalis (Rhyacophilidae).

Hello Greg, This is beauty and really a clear one. Very nice shot. Vignesh

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-10-06 23:50]

Hi Grzegorz, again,

great technique, the drab little caddisfly becomes a real star that way. Beautiful!
best regards

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