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Hang on!!
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-07-29 6:37
Viewed: 3151
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tenthredo zona feeding on Rhagonycha fulva

When out for a trip the other day we saw some Angelica silvatica alongside the roadside. This is a perennial umbelliferous plant that grows up to 2 metres in height. The flowers are white and attract a large number of insects. What quickly caught our attention was this female Sawfly who was dragging her male around while she was touring the flowers and stopping every now and again to gobble up a Red Soldier Beetle!

This species belong to a large family, Tenthredinidae, with well over 6000 species worldwide. There are many look-alikes and after some research I was pleased to find the ID of this one by means of a German site.

The larvae are herbivores and feed on the foliage of trees and shrubs. Females use their sawlike ovipositor to cut slits through barks of twigs, into which translucent eggs are wedged, which damages the trees.

This was captured in the shade from a distance of 30 cm with the camera handheld. It has been cropped and sharpened.

In the WORKSHOP you can see the male facing a Soldier Beetle!

Argus, PaulLees, Miss_Piggy, maaciejka, cobra112, cloud, lousat, marius-secan, Dis. Ac., bungbing, cirano, maurydv, vijeeshbabu, paolo49, jurek1951, jaycee, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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Hello, neighbour Ulla! How u doin', mam?
Today, you have presented a powerful document portraying a dramatic happening in the realm of nature. The female Sawfly, seemingly impervious to immediate business at hand, is preoccupied in devouring her prey while the male of the species lies passively on the flowers, resigned to its current predicament.
The three characters in this scene are in extremely sharp focus against the background of white flowers.
A beautiful picture in its totality.
Warm regards,

hello Ulla
this is SUPER good
so mant details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Ulla,

Well quite a interesting and unique image and note here Ulla, hang on is certainly the right title for this one, great capture and well positioned in the frame, superb detailed sharpness, lovely lighting with splendid colours, i also like your workshop image probably better in my opinion, however this picture is five star, great work Ulla and well done,
Best regards,


Hallo Ulla
This is a beautiful image, filled with gorgeous colours. What a lovely trio you have captured here, add to that the delicate flowers and you have a winner. The composition is pleasant, the background just right and all the details so clearly seen. Sharpness and point of view lovely. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Ulla, great capture of lovely maiting couple, very busy female with a prey too, fantastic macro, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, beautiful WS too, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Ulla,
really interesting photo of all these species. Of course I also like these flowers. Perfect point of view. Nice composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Ulla. Impressive DOF for the interesting situation. Excellent colours and lovely environment.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-07-29 10:39]

Hello Ulla,
Perfectly taken photo, exactly visible insects on nice white tiny flowers.
Regards, Pawel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-29 11:01]

Hi Ulla,2 magnificent pics! I know how are littles these insects,in particular the soldier beetles,and how isn't easy an excellent work like that in a white carpet in background.Very well done,a great and professional work.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

Good grief, Ulla, that is versatility for you! An informative note and a very beautiful sharp image. Well seen and well presented here. Best wishes.

Hello Ulla,
Very interesting image with this insects. Exceptional colors and details.
Perfect focus, ve5ry good sharpness and amazing clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Ulla,

what an great capture and interesting picture and moment watching by you.
good of sharpness, pov and details.
fine colors.

Hello Ulla,
Excellent close-up of this fantastic moment! great details sharpness, beautiful contrast against white flowers, well seen and nicely taken,
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-29 16:16]

Hello Ulla,
What a superb macro shot,great details,composition and very nice colors.The POV and sharpness are wonderful.
Have a nice day!...

Hallo Ulla,
a very good macrp shot, impressive details and fantastic colours, very useful the different point of view in workshop, marvellous composition
Best regards

Thanks for telling us the story of your photo. It makes all the difference. A beautiful photo with interesting flowers and insects. regards yiannis

Hello Ulla,
Despite the complicated POV and the position of the insects, you have managed very well this macro and you got a great result. Interesting moment captured with good details, excellent sharpness and natural colours. Well done!

very nice presentation with good pov and sharpness.Fine colors, well done my friend, vijeesh

Hello Ulla a beautiful image full of color and light. very interesting subject that you have reade. Greetings, Paolo

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-30 7:28]

Hello Ulla,
an exciting capture well shown in a complex situation! The sharpness is splendid and the scene is so special.
how the moment is well depicted on the whiteness of floral beauty.
What a lovely composition.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-30 8:13]

Hello Ulla,
Very beautiful and excellent photo in all aspects. Most of all I like the gorgeous contrasting colours.

Hi Ulla,
Nice capture from these inscts.
Very good composition and BG.Nice colors,

Hi Ulla,
Whith your SX you made nice close-ups!... and with your G9 also!
Nice work, interesting angle! and... These bugs have chosen a strange time to eat! :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-07-31 10:53]

Hi Ulla,

You have a knack of being in the right place at the right time and managing a perfect shot! I'm not sure which is my favorite - the workshop is equally fantastic. The flowers are beautiful, the sawflys are magnificent and the poor beetle is certainly a bonus. Colors, details and composition are all superb. All is well here - Arizona is hotter and more humid than ever. We are also having an active monsoon season so the place to be is inside.


No destacaría nada en especial, ya que esta foto destaca por el buen
resultado del conjunto... de la suma de los diferentes elementos.
Buena disposición de los insectos y escena.
Un abrazo Ulla: Josep Ignasi.

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