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Ammophila sabulosa.

Ammophila sabulosa.
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Copyright: Sebastien Lucas (Esox) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F828, Sony close-up lens 58mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hymenoptera: bees, wasps and ants, (sawflies) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-19 13:35
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Points: 47
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Ammophila as a slim silhouette and a very fine waist, with an orange or red band on the abdomen.

It nourishes with nectar of flower, like here.

It is a very remarkable insect.

Peaceful in its practices, it becomes a murderer for its progeny.

First of all, it digs a burrow of approximately 5cm of depth, with a room at its end.
If it did not finish when the sun lies down, it closes it with a small stone until the following morning, and there returns without mistake.

Then, it leaves in hunting; it seeks a night caterpillar of nocturnal butterfly, fat enough to nourish its larva.

It’s prey found, it very precisely paralyses it by pricking it with its dart in the nerve centres. Thus, it still lives and will act as meat safe for its descendants.

It transports this prey which can weigh fifteen times its weight to the burrow, installs there and lay its egg.

With the blossoming, the larva starts to devour its victim, while finishing by the vital bodies. It transforms itself then, and the winter passes to the shelter.

At spring, an new ammophila leaves ground and takes off.

P.S.: I know my english isn't so good. Please help me by correct my note, thanks.

PDP, Lourens, Luc, gerhardt, extramundi, AndyB, marhowie, JeanMichel, LordPotty, willie, red45, orme, aktolga, keko has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-19 13:52]

Hi Sebastien, I'm very impressed by this. The colours are beautiful and the composition is strong as it always is in your pictures. I'm impressed that you managed to get most if it sharp and in focus becuase, only when you have tried to get a picture of wasps like this then do you realise how diffuclt these ever-twitching insects are to capture. Excellent.

Absolutely incredible!! Great compo, sharpness, detaile and lighting. Excellent work!!!

voila une photo a la hauteur du mot "macro" !
tres belle capture, la presentation est tres bien faite.
good job.

Excellent Sebastien. Noce POV and DOF where it counts. Well done.

I must admit that althogh the close up lense seems to reduce the DOF, the part focused is just amazing.
You managed really well with the blacks, and the composition is lovely.
Very detailed potrait.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-19 19:49]

A great shot.
Excellent composition and colours.
Nice detail and a good note.
very well done.

Sebastian, I agree with everything Paul has stated. Just today I wrangled with two different "Vespids" and they are constantly moving, making a clean capture very difficult. Great job here!!

This is a very interesting contribution with an insect not often seen here. You've choosen the difficult way by shooting in the lenght, because this has reduced the sharp sections. Nevertheless, it's globally very good, and the focus point on the center equilibrates both fore and aft parts. Colors are wonderful and the flower (I guess a thistle) adds a very nice tone to it. Une très belle photo, Sébastien, digne d'une illustration sur l'espèce.

Nice smooth image, personally I would have preferred the head sharper, but at this level the slightest twitch throws the focus out.

An excellent capture,and interesting notes to accompany it.Great stuff.

Great shot, perfect colors, very sharp.
Straight in my favorites
Well done

  • Great 
  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-20 11:58]

Brilliant job Sebastien. Amazing

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-20 11:59]

Perfect picture, pity that head is little unsharp. I've hunted for this insect all summer but without luck. You did great job!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-20 15:37]

The detail on the head is stunning and the exposure is great.

Thanks for posting

Comme d'habitude, tes photos me plaisent énormément, le contrast et les couleurs sont de toutes beautés.
Very great macro

Very good macro Sebastien.
Very clear with good details, nice composition and colours.
Well done.

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  • cecile Silver Star Critiquer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 7] (1060)
  • [2004-11-21 15:02]

excellente qualité, belle couleur et lumière! présentation un peu spéciale et peu commune, bravo

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-06 8:25]

Angle de prise de vue originale. Bonne composition.
Excellente note, et bilingue en plus.
Bon travail.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-01-23 14:44]

Piêkne makro kompozyca ostro¶æ super.

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2005-02-14 3:51]

'Remarkable' describes both the insect and your photo perfectly, Sebastien. Incredible detail. I like how the smooth curved surface of its head contrasts with its hairy body. Excellent DOF, giving such a rich green background. Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-25 14:17]

Belle macro pour cet étonnant insecte ! Jolies couleurs et compostion bien pensée.

A very strange insect, perfect focus, and good presentation !

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-05-03 3:11]

C'est le plus belle de toutes !!Bravo Sebastien pour cette superbe macro d'ammophile sur une fleur de téfle. Didier.

Incroyable, votre photo est très belle, la définition de la tête de l'ammophile et de la fleur avec ce mariage des couleurs, ça m'impressionne. Votre présentation est superbe aussi. Pour moi, c'est un 9.9 sur 10, à mon avis.

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