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Small weevils on Alcea rosea

Small weevils on Alcea rosea
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-20
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-07-02 5:52
Viewed: 3033
Points: 40
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In our Botanical Garden there is a corner for garden-flowers where at the moment blossom the quite high Alcea rosea (Hollyhock). I was looking at the buds of these flowers when suddenly I realized that there were hundreds of very tiny creatures creeping around on these flowers. Without my lens I just saw some grey spots moving around. Through the lens I had the great pleasure to see this funny very tiny weevil (2,4-3,4mm), mostly moving in a tandem-formation.
At home it took me a long time to find out abouth them.
Finally I got the key with the species Rhopalapion longirostre, species which I would like to present in a next picture.

nagraj, oanaotilia, briGG, Argus, Juyona, eqshannon, nglen, Noisette, maurydv, MMM, KOMSIS, haraprasan, albert has marked this note useful
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Hi Anne,

Nice sharp capture of the insect. Very good capture with nice details.


Very nice picture. Those ARE difficult, aren't they ? And managing an Id too. Waw!

Ciao Anne, my today neighbour, lovely little maiting couple, splendid macro with fantastic details. beautiful blurry BG and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

It looks for the bud than the weevils, waiting for your next image to see bit close of these mating weevils. This image is fine but needs bit of extra PP work which I did mainly to get more texture on the bud, hope you don't mind. tfs.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-07-02 7:08]

Bonjour Anne,

J'aime beaucoup cette composition très riche.
D'abord la fleur qui est très extraordinaire, ensuite le comportement de ces deux longirostres!
J'ai pris beaucoup de plaisir à regarder ta photo!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-02 7:49]

Hello Anne,
Beautiful photo in excellent sharp details. The colours are a bit pale, so I like the WS of Nagraj evenso.
Good composition, POV and OOF BG.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-02 8:14]

Bonjour Anne,
A fine capture of a pairing pair of weevils on their natural habitat, an Alcea rosea flower bud. The dark weevils are perfectly exposed and taken with fine sharpness, though the bud is a little OE.
Nevertheless a nice capture! Ilook forward to the close-up of the weevils1
Merci et bonne soirée,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-02 9:12]

Hola Anne,
espléndida macro,
buen pov y fino encuadre.
hermoso trabajo,

Sort of like a bar with a pole.....here in the US now quite famous...they have picked a very highly visible place...through instinct of course, not rationale with which they are sans..without...Very clear..I wonder at the mixed message teh perch sends..I cannot figure out if it is soft or sharp....only to feel would be to know for me.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-02 11:21]

Hi Anne. At first i only saw the one wevil but now i see the two together., You have taken this with sharp focusing and fine detail. We can even see the hairs on the rose bud. I like the plain BG and pastle colours. well done TFS.

ciao Anne!
challenging macro with these small insects
to "have fun" on the bud of the Alcea rosea
excellent details and definition

ciao sERGIO

Hello Anne
ce bouton de ce rose trémière semble immense en comparaison de ces deux petits charançons, pourtant tu as réussie capturer avec beaucoup de netteté
belle composition
le WS est très bien fait, mais personnellement je préfère la tienne, les couleurs sont plus douces
Passe une bonne nuit

Ciao Anne,
il WS dal punto di vista strettamente tecnico è forse più corretto e comunque utile ad un confronto, ma preferisco ampiamente la delicatezza della tua interpretazione con i colori soffusi e sfumati, il fiore mi sembra un prezioso gioello con una straordinaria e bellissima lavorazione in filigrana, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione.
Grazie e complimenti.
Buona notte
Con amicizia

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-02 18:06]

Salut Anne
Une autre jolie composition.Bonne prise de vue avec de bon detail.L'image est bien en focus et les couleurs sont douce et attrayante.
Merci Michel

Hello Anne,
A captive audience you were to these two weavels, and I must say you have captured the scene with perfection. Ugly critters with their long snouts, but the beautiful hollyhock bud far outshadows the absence of gift by nature to the Weavel's appearance.
Excellent post and,
Have A Great Weekend...

Hy Anne
I know this little bugs, are indeed, everywhere during the summer. And you captured very well, together with the flowed bud. An excellent macro!

Regards, Oana

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-07-03 3:32]

Hi Anne,
Very good macro ...
This composition is very lovely with Alcea rosea.
Excellent sharpness an perfect details.
Best wishes,

Hi Anne,
A nice capture of these tiny weevils mating. Very well composed with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bonjour Anne,
Il est vrai que les charançons sont plus contrastés dans le WS mais personnellement je préfère cette photo aux contrastes plus doux, mais bon c'est une question de gout!
Bien cordialement

Bonsoir Anne.

Très belle photographie de ces petits charançons, en grande conversation, sur un bouton floral : la nature - animaux perpétuant leur espèce sur un bouton floral destiné lui aussi à la perpétuation de l'espèce (florale, maintenant). Une image pleine de sens.

Très belle qualité technique - rien à dire. Peut être effectivement, auriez vous pu améliorer légèrement le contraste (et un peu la netteté) ; mais pas autant que dans le laboratoire.

Merci pour ce partage.

A bientôt pour d'autres images.


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