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Chrysoperla carnea

Chrysoperla carnea
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alpha 850, Sony Macro Twin flash
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-11-06 13:03
Viewed: 1619
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my backyard:
The Common Green Lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea s.l.; Chrysopidae; Neuroptera; Gemeine Florfliege) poses an ID problem: Four species, Ch. mediterranea, Ch. carnea, Ch. lucasina, Ch. kolthoffi are morphologically too similar to be identified by simple means: we talk about the Ch. carnea-group or Ch. carnea sensu lato.

Ernst Mayr wrote a seminal book in 1942. Systematics and the Origin of Species. Columbia Univ. Press, N.Y. In it he describes the different ways a given species can split up into several new species. Sympatric speciation is a tough nut to crack even today. Lacewings provide some candidates: imagine a single mutation in some individuals that changes the behaviour of Lacewings from copulating at dusk to copulating at dawn. By this single mutation the existing population would be split into two genetically isolated subpopulations. Differential adaptation and morphological distinctions would come later.

You may not like the black background in the shot. But it sure as hell puts the transparent green animal on the stage. It sits on Pastinak but Chrysopa species are carnivorous when adult.

E. Wachmann & C. Saure, 1997. Netzflügler, Schlamm- und Kamelhalsfliegen. NaturBuch Verlag, Augsburg
E. Stresemann et al., 2005. Exkursionsfauna von Deutschland. Elsevier, München

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-11-06 14:18]

HI Dietrich,fanatastic pic from your archive,not easy to tale so well the green lacewings,so small and so difficult to find,the sharpness and the colors are fantastics,and i like a lot the exposure too,perfect to create this dark background.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Dietrich- Useful NOTE about this Lacewing. I like its BG very much and against it green looks splendid. Very good focus on subject with nice sharpness and details. But, IMHO, you could do better(in my opinion) if you like to change something here. With due respect I have done a WS, if you are interested please have a look. WS doesn't means I am showing you your fault/mistake. To me WS is a scope, where I can see a picture in different way; I mean in different composition. If you don't want to change anything and want to keep everything what you had captured at that time, I will request you just to ignore this WS. Thanks for sharing your work with us. Best wishes and have a nice WE- Srikumar

Hello Dietrich

Perfect macro of green lacewing, excellent composition and clarity, perfect sharpness and details, very beautiful natural colors. Nice POV and a very nice black BG.

Thanks for sharing



hallo Dietrich
very nice and sharpness composition
the colours and light are beautiful
thanks gr lou

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