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*Miles to go...* for Peter Ross

*Miles to  go...*  for Peter Ross
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-04
Categories: Insects
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-06-09 23:32
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear All,
This picture is dedicated to Peter Ross (Batu) for his amazing contributons to TN. His pictures and notes are a treasure trove in the field of Entamology.Thank you peter for sharing your excellent work with us.

Zelus longipes (Milkweed Assassin Bug)

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Genus Zelus
Species longipes (Milkweed Assassin Bug)

Distinctive orange-and-black assassin bug. The head is narrow and elongate with a neck-like constriction behind the compound eyes. The mouthparts are produced into a 3-segmented beak that curves to fit into a grove on the underside of the thorax. Abdomen often widened to expose the top surface beyond the wing margins. Front legs often somewhat enlarged to aid in prey capture.

Found on trees and shrubs where its bright markings make it quite conspicuous.

These predacious bugs suck body fluids from prey, such as small to medium sized armyworms, earthworms, rootworm and cucumber beetle adults and other soft bodied insects.

Life Cycle
As with all Hemiptera, assassin bugs have incomplete metamorphosis with egg, nymph, and adult stages. In warm months, females lay eggs which are stuck in clusters to leaves and stems. After hatching, the wingless nymphs grow and molt 4 times (some species molt 7 times) before becoming full-sized, winged adults. Adults are usually the over wintering stage.

Many assassin bugs have been known to bite humans when not handled carefully. For some species the bite is known to be very painful, sometimes causing allergic reactions and bites can become infected, as with any wound.

I found these bugs on the Okra(Lady's finger) plant in our vegetable garden. There were quite a few of them, single or in mating pairs, either on the plant or on the ground.They were constantly on the move and it was very difficult to focus.
Some Exif data:
Camera : Nikon D300
Lens : Nikor 105mm F/2.8D
Aperture : F/14
Shutter Speed: 1/60
ISO : 200
Flash : Yes
The picture was cropped, sharpened and resized for TN using CS3.
** I have uploaded a picture of the mating bugs in the WS.

Thank you for stopping by.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-09 23:51]

Hi Smitha

Lovely shot - good detail, POV and colour.



Hi Smitha,

Perfect composition and focus spot on, amazing colour and detail.

Hi Smitha, Good Morning my friend!

Perfect macro shot of these minute, orange-and-black assassin bugs with a wonderful DOF,POV and details. Great compo too.
TFS. Cheers,


I am sure they were feasting on your Okra, Smitha!
What a rich wealth of wild life you have right there in your vegetable garden!
These bugs are extremely colourful creatures.
The one in focus looks just beautiful with those truly rich colours on it.
Peter, by being a bugs expert, is certainly going to be very happy with this fantastic dedication to him.
TFS this great shot.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-10 1:35]

Hello Smitha
This is amazing shot and wonderful shot. Superb sharpness. I am not sure whether you had to bend down to take the shot as the view suggest you did. Super focus. Ganesh soon smiley

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-10 1:51]

Hello Smitha,
What a beautiful parade of red Bugs! I really like your POV and the pose of the last one. Excellent focus and sharp details. The colours and patterns are so beautiful. Very well composed too. A lovely composition and a fine dedication to Peter.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Smitha,
you have taken a lovely macro shot,nice composition with lovely colours, superb DOF.
well done.

Hi Smitha
Wonderful composition with stunning colored bugs
Superb sharpness and detail with nice POV
Great capture. tfs jon

Hello Smitha,
Excellent shot,great light, color and sharpness.Very interesting composition.

Hi Smitha,

A visual intepretation of the poetic title...
The shot is mesmerising..
I guess, your vegetable garden is an EDEN ...
Take care,
All the best:)


Hello Smitha,

Very good picture of this bug nymph. Very good composition, DOF and sharpness. Superb vivid colours.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-10 4:38]

Hi Smitha,
Colors, details, POV and contrast are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-10 4:49]

Hi Smitha,
Beautiful close up.I liked vivid colors,exposure,use of light,contrast and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Smitha,
excellent shot- razorp sharp details, colours and fantastic composition. Interesting and beautifull insects

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-06-10 8:55]

Hi Smitha,
You could have gone little closer to this bug for better magnification. Also f8 would have given better BG and FG. the bug showing its back is distracting. otherwise, ok.

Hello Smitha,

nice macro shot and very good composition.


Hi Smitha
Very intersting scene you captured,
Perfect details,colors and POV.Welldone my friend.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-10 14:15]

Excellent shot, Smitha!!!
Very, very detailed and razor-sharp!
Superb, vibrent colours and great light.
Brilliant DOF and BG.
Nice dedication to Peter.

Very well done!


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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2008-06-12 10:01]

Hi Smitha,
What an amazing looking bug you have caught here.That combination of colour is really eyecatching!Great details and I like its shape and pose.Clever how you caught them disappearing into the distance.
Regards, David

Hola Smitha,
Excelente macro en el que se aprecian muy bien los detalles de este chinche. Magnífica nota
José Ramón

Hi Smitha,

Apologies for not coming past or a while I see I have some catching up to do, this is wonderful what an amazing macro, I really like how you've isolated the one on the left with the narrow d.o.f, stunning colours and detail, really lovely work well done, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

Smitha, I've not told you this in the past, if people want to tech you or help you improve, it cannot be done with a cane or a frown, learning is a fun activity, and smiles are an essential fundamental of the same.And coming from a family of generations of teachers, I should know!;)
This is a lovely dedication, sis, and I love the way you've composed it, the one on the right being very sharply in focus and as the eye moves from there to the left, the image softens, the corollary would be equally true, as well...
Simply put, a superb shot!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-02 19:49]

Hi Smitha,
Wonderful shot of this Assasin Bug with such lovely bright colours and sharp details. Superb light management and the focus is spot-on. Nice documentary image and you show the habitat well here. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Smitha

This is a beautiful picture. I really like the low POV and the selective, but perfect focus on that one colorful individual. Excellent notes as well.


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-08-04 22:01]

Absolutely great capture, I love the color of this little creature. So beautiful, in such a small world that we don't really see unless paying close attention. Thanks for sharing this.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-10 13:06]

Hello Smitha,
A superb macro of this Assasin Bug with its friends in the BG. The one you have focused on is tack sharp and taken from a fine POV that shows its features well against the OOF natural BG in a pleasing composition.
TFS this beauty,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-01 7:23]

Hi Smitha.
What a nice subject of the shot. I like it a lot. Amazing scene and great composition of the image. I hope these are very small creatures. Details and sharpness of the last of them is stunning as well as fine rich colours of the image and perfectly blurred impressive BG. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-02-05 9:16]

Hello Smitha,
thank you for this nice and kind dedication. My response is late because in the last weeks my visits to TN
are rare and often short.
Here, you present a brilliantly coloured bug. The specimen to the right is shown with high sharpness
and clarity. Nice to see it cleaning its mouthparts with the legs. I also like your workshop picture ...
and I must say even a little more.
Best wishes, Peter

thanks smitha for the detailed note on Distinctive orange-and-black assassin bug. keep up your good work. tfs.

Hi Smitha
what a nice capture of very beautiful Hemipteran species. they look like soldiers of ants. splendid colors and great sharp focus. nicely composed. thanks a lot.
best wishes

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