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Scolopendra heros


Scolopendra heros
Photo Information
Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 584 W: 64 N: 2237] (7529)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1970-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Edixa-Mat Reflex B, Zeiss Tessar 40 mm, Agfa color 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-22 5:10
Viewed: 4352
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Giant desert centipede(Scolopendromorpha: Scolopendra heros; Riesen- Hundertfüssler) that I found in my backyard in Bryan/Texas. The 15 cm long animal prefers to hide under leaves and rocks but it may occasionally cross a road. It's another animal with a wondrous body plan: the first pair of legs has been transformed into venom-injecting pincers. The animal does'nt hunt with the eyes, but is continuously moving into every small space where it tries to corner some insect or other prey. The species is easily recognized by the red (or black) head and first segment and it's size. It is found throughout the Southern part of the U.S. and in Mexico. Since I'm European, I wish to add that there is one Scolopendromorpha species found in Southern Europe but it has only half the size of S. heros.

For photography I found it necessary to constrain the animal in a glass dish. I used a tripod, and a flashlight from the side. I scanned the slide. Enjoy.

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Bonjour,
On voit tous les détails. Intéressante présentation.
Bonne journée.
clnaef

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-22 5:36]

Hello Dietrich,
Interesting capture. Good focus, good use of flash, the dark BG makes the details stand out. TFS
Selen

Hello Dietrich,
Always a pleasure to check a fellow Texans work :) Very good results using this technique. Good job of illuminating with light from the side, and well seen against the dark BG..Great notes on the centipede as well. I remember shooting a small one here, but wasn't happy with the results.
Well done & TFS!

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-01-23 9:40]

Hi Dietrich,
I'm sure I wouldn't like to find this in my yard, great shot and perfect detail and light, interesting note too!

Witaj Dietrich!
Bardzo ladne podswietlone lapki :)stonogi. Jestem zdziwiona jej wielkoscia. Zobaczyc ja cala - to dopiero frajda!
Gratuluje - Roma

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