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Ephemeroptera - Mayfly

Ephemeroptera - Mayfly
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-21 1:12
Viewed: 6539
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mayflies are the most primitive and ancient order of living winged insects.
They have lived on earth for around 300 million years.

The nymphs live for up to 4 years,clinging to rocks and pebbles in streams and ponds eating algae. As most people know,adult Mayflies,having no mouthparts,cannot eat,and only live a day,or sometimes an hour or two
.... yet they appear in such large swarms in some countries that they make roads slippery and clog gutters.
In Papua New Guinea they are made into sago pancakes.
About 2500 species are known worldwide.
All 40 found in New Zealand are unique to this country.

Hope you like my second Mayfly on TN
I posted the first in February 2005
You can see that one here: Mayfly
Thanks for looking,

maurydv, goatman04, horias, hansh, Luis52 has marked this note useful
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Hi Steve

Good to see you here again and a nice shot of a mayfly. Can't imagine eating a mayfly pancake though, but then again I ate some funny things in Thailand.


The insect from yours photo look very interesting.
Nice colors of wings.
Good picture.Friendly regards.Alin.

Hello Steve,
a splendid picture of this Mayfly taken from a good POV showing perfectly the graphic structures of the wings, very good sharpness and fine detail, a very nice diagonal composition with a beautiful pose of the insect on the leaf.
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-21 6:17]

Hi Lord,
very strange and unique insect here. You shot it beautifully to show the features and details.
Excellent presentation with good green leaf as a nice background.


hello Stevie
great shot with good details and good sharpness
nice colours and good pose on the leave
greeting lou

Hello Steve,

An excellent macro with such fine colors & details. Well taken & presented. TFS & regards.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-21 9:26]

Great capture this lovely Mayflies!
Details and colors are wonderful!

Helo Steve,
Good macro, interesting result with f/4, achieving a defined leaves in the atmosphere of the photo. The details of the bug are good. The most commendable is the use of light, I notice that you had to expose 1/125s to achieve sufficient details and texture in the insect. Good work!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-23 2:18]

Hello Steve.

Great photo of this mayfly.
I don't see often a photo from a mayflower with such splendid details like yours.
Very well done and thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

Hellow Steve,
Nice perspective and well exposed portraying its uniqe and strange shaped body and head,as well as the intricate wing patterns.Nicely framed and TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-02-12 10:21]

Hola Steve.
Great Macro. Very sharp and excelente use of light. Never seen this insect before, and it has such a long tails. The green color of leaf matches well with the Mayfly.
TFS My friend

hi steve,
çok farklı ve çok güzel bir çalışma olmuş.
doğal ortamında görmediğim bir tür.
Elinize sağlık, en güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

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