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A giant phasmid

A giant phasmid
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO 800, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My trips to Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-10 5:40
Viewed: 5453
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks for all your critiques on my recent postings from Sabah.

Today I present this large phasmid from Poring Hot Springs. It was huge, nearly 20cm (8in) in length. I found it on the path while going to dinner (always carry your camera).
Despite a long search on the net, I couldn’t find out any info on this species. So if anyone knows what it is, feel free to tell me.

Update 11/4/09. Big thanks to Lou (euroblinke) I can confirm it is a female Bornean Phasmid (Haaniella erringtoniae).

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-10 6:14]

Hello Chris,
Great photo of this insect in very beautiful natural camouflaged colours. Good use of flash. Excellent sharpness and details.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-10 6:19]

Hello Chris,
Though I can't give you the ID of this species of Stick Insect, it is a fine capture of this giant.
The lateral POV shows its features with fine detail and colours against a suitable BG, which should enable any person with a knowledge of Phasmids to ID it.
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

Hi Cris,
Very unusual creature indeed! Strong saturated colors, good dept of field,sharpness and composition. It is a big insect, and I know how difficult is to point the camera towards such a complicated structure! Specially when is design to blend with the environment.Well done!
George Veltchev

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-04-10 6:44]

Hi Chris
What a great shot!
I like this wonderful giant phasmid!
Details and colors are perfect!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-10 7:21]

Hello Chris,
What a strange, huge and vicious-looking insect!! Excellent macro showing very fine details and colours. It doesn't look much like a Stick insect but I'm sure Ivan is right!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Chris, fantastic macro of a very ugly bug, amazing details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Chris
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
This one is a FEMALE laying eggs in the ground
Fam.HAANIELLA they have mane species

this one lives in Maleisië i think Haaniella Muelleri old name
new name Haaniella Erringtoniae
thanks for this beauty
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-10 12:30]

Hello Chris,
What an interesting and intricate looking insect! I see Laurens has identified it. The colors are wonderful and the camouflaged stands out well. Very good capture.Best regards Siggi

Hello Chris,
It's a terrible bug! but very well photographed! what a big thing!
Good POV, contrast is perfect and I congratulated you by selective cutting!
Of course, Laurens could identify! he usually has similar bugs as pets! in the picture of his profile, appears with a huge bug attached to his face! :)

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