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Copyright: Lynn Tait (lyta) (42)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon A80
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-07 13:37
Viewed: 5840
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Does anyone know what this is? Is this an insect, larvae, or what? I found it in my sink and I could not get the proper lighting indoors so I put it in a bowl and brought it outside hence the lousy background, but with that many legs I figured he'd take off pretty quick if given the chance. (Which he did.)I added some flash with MPI and sharpen it.
*Esox has identified this insect for me.Scutigera coleoptrata or House Centipede. They actually eat other anthropods.They lose their legs easily but grow new ones quickly. They seldom bite humans and usually are unable to penetrate our skin - but from what I've read it can feel like a mild bee sting and can cause localized swelling! (I'm glad I didn't touch it.)
They live in dark, damp areas - hence you tend to find them in kitchen sinkand bathtub areas.One egg hatches (rather then eggs laid in batches) so they rarely become a pest. It you do find quite a few in the house it usually means there is a moisture problem somewhere.

Someone asked me about using flash in post processing - yes, Microsoft Picture It Suite has "Lighting Level" which one can reduce back lighting or add flash. I believe I reduced the backlighting to gain more detail on the one side of the picture and used the flash to reduce the shadow of the centipede that darkened the legs on the top of the photo. I originally used the auto correct and contrast which darkened the body considerably.So the flash lightened the body again and its shadow.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-08-07 13:55]

Great shot with high details.
Good colours too.
It's a Scutigera coleoptrata.
Hard to say where is the front or the rear ;-).
It losses its legs very easily.
Good Work.

Great macro Lynn
Good colors and sharp with great details
Well done

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-07 18:24]

Interesting Lynn, I've never seen a picture of one before, only in books. You've done well with the detail. Well done.

Thats on hell of a beastie very nicley captured.
Do I read your note right , that you added the flash in Post production?
Hope you will Update the notes now you have a ID + a bit of research to check and add details.

When I was little I used to see these all the time in my Mother's basement, we allways called them thousand leggers. I'm sure this isn't thier proper name but it's something. Nice shot, creepy but nice.

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