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Ephemera vulgata male

Ephemera vulgata male
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Copyright: Helmut Roos (buscape) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 20 N: 1518] (7615)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G VR, Nikon TC14EII
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-07-05 1:33
Viewed: 2318
Points: 30
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Class: Insecta; Order: Ephemeroptera; Family: Ephemeridae; Gattung: Ephemera; Species

As you walk along a riverbank on a warm summer day you might see some small insects dancing above the water. They are probably mayflies and they may have been dancing over that river for thousands of years!
Mayfly myths!
The common name ‘Mayfly’ is quite misleading because this group of insects can appear throughout the year. In fact, at one point they were called dayflies due to some of the species having an adult life of a single day. The common name comes from the habit of one species, Ephemera danica, which emerge as adults when the Mayflower or Hawthorn is in bloom. Although some species only live for as single day, or even just a few hours as adults, there are individuals or species that can live a bit longer than that. In fact most of the life of a mayfly is spent out of sight as a nymph.
Mayfly lif-cycle:
Mayflies start life as an egg on the bed of the river, before hatching into a nymph. The nymphs feed on algae and other vegetable matter on the bed for up to two years in some species, before emerging from the surface of the water as an adult. Mayflies are unique as insects in having two winged adult stages. After emerging from the water they fly to the bank where they shelter on the underside of leaves or in the grass. They then moult again, leaving behind their drab ‘dun’ skin to reveal their shiny ‘spinner’ skin. Following this moult they fly back to the water and form mating swarms dancing above the surface.

Source: http://www.buglife.org.uk

You can find a close-up version of this Mayfly in the workshop.



Klasse: Insekten; Ordnung: Eintagsfliegen; Familie: Ephemeridae; Gattung: Ephemera; Art: Gemeine Eintagsfliege

Die Gemeine Eintagsfliege oder Braune Maifliege (Ephemera vulgata) ist eine Eintagsfliege aus der Familie der Ephemeridae.
Die Tiere haben durchsichtige Flügel und am Hinterleibsende drei Schwanzfäden. Ihr Hinterleib ist gelblich und hat, anders als bei der sehr ähnlichen Großen Eintagsfliege (Ephemera danica), auf allen Hinterleibssegmenten eine kräftige, breite, braune Kommazeichnung. Männchen erreichen eine Körperlänge von 15 bis 21 Millimetern, mit Schwanzfäden 30 bis 35 mm, die Weibchen sind mit 17 bis 24 Millimetern etwas länger, haben aber kürzere Schwänzchen, die sie in Summe nur 22 bis 27 Millimeter messen lassen. Die Vorderflügellänge der Männchen beträgt 15 bis 17, die der Weibchen 18 bis 23 Millimeter.
Die Larven werden 16 bis 18 Millimeter lang und besitzen ebenfalls drei Schwanzfäden, mit denen sie 22 bis 30 Millimeter lang werden.
Die Gemeine Eintagsfliege kommt entlang von langsam fließenden und stehenden Gewässern, in denen ihre Larven leben, überall in Europa vor. Die Imagines fliegen nur für etwa zwei bis drei Tage in der Zeit von Anfang Juni bis September. Die Art ist deutlich seltener als die Große Eintagsfliege.

Quelle: Wikipedia

Eine Nahaufnahme dieser Eintagsfliege findet man im Workshop.

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Hi Helmut,

A very good shot, nice detail and colours in a natural pose against a nice background. Good composition enabling all the tail to be shown.
TFS regards Bill.

Bom dia Helmut
Wonderful crispy macro.Great POV and composition,wonderful colours and excellent details.Thank You.
Have a nice day!
Best regards

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-07-05 4:12]

Hello Helmut,
excellent composition & great details on the photo to show us this interesting insect ! Thanks !

Very impressive capture of a May Fly, Helmut.
You have captured its quite peculiar body shape with precision and accuracy. The pose of the insect is interesting.
TFS and regards.

Hello Helmut,
nice picture taken from a good PoV. great detail and colour. good composition also.
tfs and best wishes.

Hi Helmut,
excellent photo of this species. Amazing colours. Great composition. Nice background.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-07-05 10:28]

Hi Helmut,
A very nice close-up of this insect.
Composition, colours and details are very good.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Helmut.
Splendida macro con degli ottimi colori,grande nitidezza e eccellenti dettagli,strepitosa la composizione veramente complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-07-05 11:58]

Hello Helmut,
Fascinating photo of this mayfly in superb sharpness, details and splendid colours. Very good composition.

hello helmut
very good sharpness and great details
you can see many of this insect
thanks greeting lou

Hello Helmut,
Remarkable photo with exceptional clarity and details. Wonderful sharpness and nice contrast against the green surrounding. Excellent clarity and very good low POV. Very interesting insect. I never meet it.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-05 15:26]

Hi Helmut,magnificent capture of this little ephemera,the perspective,the crop and the details are really fantastics,i like it!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

An amazing subject and another fantastic photo with your new camera Helmut! The composition, the BG, the colours and the sharpness for one more time are excellent.

Ciao Helmut, lovely ephimera on beautiful blurry BG, fantastic details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Helmut

Excellent photo of this insect with fine POV,
beautiful soft light and color tones, great focus,
sharpness and details, beautiful background bokeh,
the pose of the insect and the way it is framed
it gives dynamism to the image, TFS


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