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Fire Man

Fire Man
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Copyright: Sochirca Dan (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus Camedia C-765 UZ, 38-380mm built-in
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-13 10:47
Viewed: 4813
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This insect has been known for over 150 years in Guernsey. However, for much of this time it appeared only sporadically. The population has increased greatly in the last decade and it is now one of the commonest bugs in the island. It is a bug (Hemiptera:Heteroptera), distinguished from a beetle (Coleoptera) by its sucking mouth parts and its development where a baby bug hatches from the egg. Beetles have larval and pupal stages in their life history.

The Fire Bug eats the seeds of Lime trees and of Mallow species and can be found throughout the year in clusters under these plants or running over the ground. Sometimes it eats the seeds of other plants, presumably when the population is high and mallow seeds are scarce. The first picture shows it eating ragwort seeds. In spite of its latin name which means "wingless fire bug" winged individuals that can fly are occasionally found. In England this species is only regularly found on one small island, the Oarstone, off Torquay, though a population was found recently in Sussex.
The lack of records from Jersey in the map is probably due to under-recording. There is a 19th century record from Herm, but it has not been found in Sark or Alderney.

odin, mogens-j, Signal-Womb, ellis49, marhowie, Luc, gerhardt, JeanMichel has marked this note useful
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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-07-13 11:12]

jolie prise sochirca, les contrastes entre les verts dominants, et le rouge et le noirs de l'insect sont parfait. La composition est agréable. merci

I like your little fireman - his outfit is very nice - symmetric.
You arranged it very nice.
The light is perfect.
Thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Nice and clear shot of this Fire Bug Sochirca. Excellent colours - complemetary colours always work great;-). Alittle soft focus on the bug or it could come from the dof. I like the composition and the well blurred background. Great note too.

Very nice capture! Good composition and beautiful colors. Great details too. TFS

Hi Sochirca, very nice composition on this shot with good detail. Effective DOF nicely isolates the subject. Very nice work.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-07-14 12:31]

Kompozycja , kolory i ostro¶æ Ok.
Fajna fotka.

Very nice close-up, Sochirca.
The colours are lovely. Good details and well composed.
Nice POV and BG,
Well done.

Hello Sochirca, Great closeup with excellent complimentary colors. Well composed with good details, Nice job!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-16 22:15]

Hello Sochirca!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Have a good Sunday!

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2005-07-18 1:40]

Hi Dan,

This is a lovely capture. Nice contrastst against the OOF BG. The details are sharp. I might have considered to crop the vertically to enhance the composition. Very well done.


Very good impact here, with the opposed colors. Great use of the DOF to place the subject well in evidence against the BG. Bug's pose on the bud is very well caught. This is a very good photo, Sochirca. TFS.

good composition, colors and sharpnes on the insect. i like it

Frumos gandac, noi le ziceam "vaca-domnului" la astia cand cresteam in Romania ...

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