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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-26 5:56
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Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 129
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This bug was a visitor to my garden on a few occasions. Very weird looking as well as scary. A slow mover while walking but zoomed away at amazing speed when disturbed or approached. It certainly looks very interesting and I have never seen such anything like this before. I remember seeing a post once on TN but unfortunately all my search failed to properly ID it. All help solicited from our learned members. It would be quite a species to learn more about.

Shot taken hand-held in not that good light conditions. It was also evening time and the sun was fast dipping. Hope everyone like this shot.


After a lot of research I hope I have been to give this spectacular bug its proper name - SAIVA GEMMATA of Family Fulgoridae. The Family Fulgoridae contains the world's largest and most spectacular planthoppers. They have been given the inaccurate and misleading common name of Lantern flies. It is inaccurate because the name is based on an erroneous report that some species produce light when they mate. Australia's fulgorid fauna, although containing some of our largest fulgoroids many of which are brightly coloured, is relatively depauperate when compared with the SE Asian fauna. Fulgorids usually have a process on the front of the head, although in most species this process forms no more than a small knob pressed down onto the vertex. In some forms, however, the process is large and obvious.

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Hi Sumon,
Waouw, wath a beautiful shot, great colors, POV and DOF, I don't know this insect but you present it very well
thank you

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-26 6:13]

Hola Sumon,
insecto realmente extraño.
magnífico pov, buenos detalles y compo...
buena macro,

Amazing insect! very nice photo!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-26 6:50]

Hi Sumon,
impressive, very impressive. An unusual looking insect with incredible markings. You capture of detail is quite remarkable, with a perfect DOF and exposure. i have no idea what it is, but i'm glad you've shown it to us!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-26 7:02]
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Hi Sumon

Wow...this is one interesting creature! I wish i had such beautiful and calm visitors, too, that would pose for me so freely :)
The details you managed to get here are impeccable and the colors are simply magnificent! The contrast between the red and black is perfect while the small white spots just add a touch of brightness to bring your subject out even better.
Splendid low POV and a spot-on DOF gave you a great perspective and angle of shooting.
Wonderful work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Not only does he look as htough he will pop off the page, but literally..It looks like a popper. If not, then that is the name it should be called.

Clean, Crisp and Clear. The motto for Sumon. The guy with the hat! Very well done as per your norm sir!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-26 7:27]

Hello Sumon,
You present a great shot of a remarkable insect that looks as if it is a true bug that is warning-coloured, which is why it moves slowly when walking. So we can presume that it is poisonous to predators.
I think this is a Homopterous insect, i.e related to cicadas, lanternflies and tree-hoppers: probably a member of the sub-family Fulgoridae.
Great POV that shows most aspects of this insect, including what looks like a pheromone producer at the tip of the abdomen, so it is most probably the female of the species.
Excellent technical qualities, as usual, and the composition is excellent.
Well done and TFS!

bonjour sumon
oh,que cet insecte est beau avec ses couleurs vives.la prise de vue au ras du sol le place vraiment bien devant un BG flou.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-26 7:31]

you're lucky to live in a country rich of a fantastic and colored species !!! and a master to capture them,thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Sumon,
Great work. And what a model!
I think everyone DO like this 'shot'

That looks weird indeed. Fascinating colors though and a great POV and presentation! Superb! Cheers, Klaus

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-26 9:03]

Hello Sumon,
before I continue ... I put this picture on my favourite list, not only because the insect is so colourful but because you show it in a professional way. Great depth of field, exact focus, high sharpness and beautiful colours as well as light. What else!
I agree with Ivan 'Argus' that it is a species of the family Fulgoridae. I comes close to species of the genus Penticodes. There is a big lack in good literature on tropical Cicadas making identification rather difficult.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Sumon
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Great focusing,exposure and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-26 9:29]

Hello Sumon,
It's amazing what you find, I think you've got eyes like an Eagle!! This is like a creature from outer space! Fantastic shot, excellent focus and sharp details. The colours are stunning. Hopefully you can report this kind of find to some authority in India?? It may be a new discovery!!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Dear friend Sumon,
Super low pov macro shot in perfectness!
so sharp with awesome colour and details!
very well done and well seen
have a nice weekend, Sumon!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-26 9:47]

Hi Sumon,

Such an unusual and interesting looking bug! You captured an amazing shot of it. Perfect in all ways. The colors are marvelous, details and textures are super sharp. The pose is fantastic. A really fascinating creature.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-26 10:05]

Hi Sumon.
You have shared an amazing close-up picture. It is simply outstanding by subject and quality. POV and DOF are superb. I especially like them. I do not speak about razor sharpness and crisp details, wonderful colours and excellent lighting. They are fantastic and they speak about themselves. Bravo and TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-26 10:55]

Hi Sumon. This is an excelent close up shot of this colourful insect. such a strange looking thing. you have captured it with fine detail and sharp focusing. very good all round. well done .TFS. good notes too.
Have a good weekend,

Wouaw Sumon, great quality shot, simply outstanding !!!
cheer my friend,

Hello Sumon,
This is certainly a most unusual bug.
It looks as though it could be some kind of sap sucking creature judging by its mouthparts.
It reminds me in some ways of a cicada.
I would be most interested to find out what it is too.
Your photograph of it is brilliant.
Perfect exposure,detail and composition.
Beatiful colours too.
Thanks for showing us this extraordinary creature.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-26 16:56]

Hello Sumon,
Fascinating, great POV, beutiful colors of this insect

Hello Sumon,
Wow, what an amazing creature!!
Is that big insect? I've never seen this species before.
Beautiful and various colours and perfect focusing with excellent details and sharpness, very well composed!
Well done and TFS,
Hava a nice weekend!
Best wishes,

hi sumon,
excellent close-up of the insect. sharp and good dof.

Pure quality, Great macro with no loss of detail and amazing colours.
Very well done...

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-10-26 20:37]

Hi Mr. Sumon. What a nice and colorfuly bug You have here. I wonder what is the white plumage under the wings. Very interesting little bug, never seen before, even in photos. Luis52.

Hello Sumon,
This is a colourful fellow, to say the least!
Great point of view and superb details, very well done in the macro work...
I like the composition, and the almost 3D feeling in the image!
Pablo -

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-10-27 0:12]

Bonjour Sumon, your POV is very good, I like it!! Unusual colors and perfect sharpness too. I can't help you about id! Very well done, best regards, Didier.

Hi Sumon, superb bug with splendid brllant colors, wonderful details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Sumon,

What a beautiful insect. I have never seen anything like this before. Great focus on the head. Well done.


Impresionante y de gran belleza como muchas de tus fotografías. Veo que esta es un éxito también y para personas de todos los Países ... eso quiere decir que eres global y buen artista jajajaja
Un abrazo Sumon.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-27 1:46]

Hello Sumon,
What a creature! Your low POV makes this photo very special. Sharpness, colours, DOF and details are amazing. Very good composition.

Hi Sumon

This is a very impressive shot.
Superb POV, sharpness and DOF. Great OOF background.

Great work

hi sumon!
great macro with really good
sharpness and fine background
nice dof and i like the pov
well done!

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-10-27 7:13]

Hi Sumon,
This is such a cool bug! Amazing colours, great sharpness and composition, nice blurred bg.
Very well done and TFS

That is undoubtedly one of the coolest 'critters' I've seen on TN! What great color and pattern. Amazing!

Hi Sumon,
wow, now thats a different bug! Not sure Ild want to get so close to take a photo of it thogh! :o) What a great close up shot you got , have to admit the colors are awesome!! Great details too! TFS
Hope he doesn't bite!! :o)

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2007-10-28 0:19]

Hi Sumon,
Wow! never seen this guy before. very showy specimen photographed very well done.
Great colors and very fine details.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-28 2:11]

Hello Sumon,
Looks like coming out of space this amazing creature. And what superb colours. Must be very poisonous! Looks a bit like lanternflies( last year I saw something with this kind of shape near ma chalet, but it had yellow stripes). Great document!
Best regards

Hello Sumon,
I am sorry for delay :)
Beautiful, and very colourful bug species! I have never seen anything similar like this one. You kept perfect DOF and details.
By the way, I have two question:
1. how big wast this insect? I believe some 2 cm? More?
2. Do you know what is this white "things" on insect's abdomen, just under the winds? The eggs? I do not think so :) Maybe the parasite?
Best regards,

scary but with incredible colors
i put this picture on my favourite
well seen Sumon

have a great day sERGIO

Your insect already parasitism, has been dying,

This is not a bug Sumon, this is an alien :) What an extraordinary specie! This is so interesting with excellent details, pose captured, exposure and composition. Its red color is stunning. I would be so surprised seeing this little one in my garden :) Well done and TFS,

Hi Sumon,
You're right Sumon : THIS BUG IS AMAZING!
Very rich vivid colours. Excellent focussing and great details. Point ov view is WONDERFULLY DONE. Lovely BG too...
In my favorites now!
Regards and thanks,


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-28 15:54]

Hi Sumaon

Wonderful capture - amazing looking creature. The colours are excellent.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-28 17:07]

Hello Sumon

Wow what an amazing insect.
The colours are vivid and well saturated.The focus is sharp with wonderful details.The low POV really shows it off.Nicely done.TFS


Hi Sumon,
Fine image of this amazingly colorful bug!
I see you worked hard at getting a good POV and the DOF and focus are excellent.
Well done

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-10-29 5:09]


Hi Sumon,
who cares if the beautiful and interesting animal is not a butterfly! Thank you very much for presenting this lowly bug. You choose an excellent angle and soft light. Well done! I have to add the picture in my "favorites" box!
Best regards,

Hello Sumon,
powerful, extraordinary image. This incredibly colourful cicada must be a very wary object, remarkably closely approached by you from a perfectt ultra-low point of view. Fantastically coloured, patterned and shaped animal, excellently captured. An idea of the approximate body length in millimeters would be a useful adder to the notes of this valuable document. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-10-29 22:09]

Hello Sumon,
What a beautiful shot and what an intersting species to shoot. Though it's very attractive it does look a bit scary.I have never seen such a species here. It looks very colourful with red, blue , black and white. As for the photograph it's a superb one with excellent qaulity. The POV and DOf used are very good.The sharpness and details are excellent.I also liked the composition.Thanks for the share,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-10-30 15:05]

Hi Sumon,
Wow! What a rare and beautiful insect!
Beautiful colours and a really perfect pov and pose.
TFS, José M.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-31 11:15]

WoW Sumon

This is an amazing bug and it has been beautifully taken. I'm not sure I would want to get too close to it! Amazing colours and pin sharp details. Stunning low POV, perfect exposure and excellent DOF.



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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-01 9:01]

What a curious and fantastic capture this bug!
I had never seen this kind. It's strange but very beautiful with those deep colors.
Magnificent sharpness, POV, DOF, lightning, composition... An art-work no doubt.
My compliments and thank you very much for sharing, dear Mana.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-02 6:34]

Incredible insect and an incredible macro ! Thanks Sumon for this great shot. It's virtually perfect ! THanks again,


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-11-03 1:33]

Hello Sumon,
In your profile page you that you have to learn on TN, I think that it is good now ;-) Your gallery is supern !
This macro is excellent, the insect seems impressive, the quality is super ! You manage very well your camera.
Bravo and thanks for sharing,

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-11-07 11:30]

wow the colors and details are awesome here. The POV is so very awesome the bug looks larger than life. This bug is just beautiful. Nice capture.

Fabulosos colores en esta estupenda macro.
Buenos tonos amigo y buena nota.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Hi Sumon Da,
This is an absolute beauty. Lovely details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Great color, tonality and detail. Beautifully captured and perfect DOF. The lighting apparently worked out just right for that shot.

Hi Sumon,
wow - what's this - I love this strange insect - the colours so brilliant and the pose so majestic. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-18 8:07]

Hi Mana!
Fantastic shot!
Great colors and composition!

Hello Sumon,
I fallow your excellent macro shots. This is one of the best. Perfect focus and composition. POV great and splendid colors. good notes. thanks for sharing.
best wishes

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-06-28 5:27]

wow! an alien! great shot. amazing insect with an outstanding pov, colors, focus and details. very well done. tfs

amazing bug, unbelivable colours, TFS Ori

hello very GOOD!!!!!
never seen before
great picture
greeting lou

What an amazing and beautiful creature! Part of me wants to know what it looks like from above, but that's for another photo. The soft green background sets off all that red perfectly. The focus is excellent as well. This is a good reminder for me that it's worth it to get right down there with your subject. Thanks for sharing it.

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