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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-22 9:30
Viewed: 3563
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Photo taken on Ikaria island. I tried to take an inflight shot of this graceful insect without success... Maybe one day...

Palpares libelluloides (Linnaeus, 1764)
Order : Neuroptera
Family : Myrmeleontidae

Common names : Ant-Lion, Antlion (EN), Grand fourmilion (FR), Karınca Aslanı (TU), Motýlovec jiní (CZ), Hormiga león (SP)

Length : 60-100mm
Distribution: Southern Europe, North Africa, Middle East
Habitat: dry herbs.
This is the largest of the European antlions. They can all be readily distinguished from the Odonata by their thickly clubbed antennae. These insects get their name from the predatory habits of their larvae which construct a steeply sloped pit in sandy locations and bury themselves at the bottom of it with only their large, powerful jaws exposed. Ants, and other small insects, that fall into the pit are unable to climb out of the trap and are quickly killed by the antlion larva.

Chinery M.
, Insectes de France et d’Europe occidentale, Flammarion 2005.
Wilson R., Bird & Wildlife Photography

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-22 9:34]

Hello Catherine
What a great ant lion!
Very interesting for me, because I ever see one like that!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-22 9:47]

Hi Catherine. You were able to take a fine close up of this ant Lion. From the POV we can see the wing markings which you have taken with good detail and natural colours. May be you will get an inflight picture one day. TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-22 9:47]

Hello Catherine,
An excellent capture of this interesting insect showing details very clearly. Fantastic wing markings and interesting clubbed antennae. Great colours too and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Amazing insect, Catherine,
I love the wonderful wings, amazing.
Family of the ants when I'm right, that's very interesting. Thanks, I like it so much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-22 11:29]

Hello Catherine.

A very fine capture of this amazing insect.
Very fine soft colors, you made a good use of the light and very sharp.
Well done and thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

hallo Catherine
good sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
you can see the insect very good
greeting lou

ciao Catherine!
strano e interessante questo neuroptera delle isole greche
ottima la definizione e il dettaglio delle ali

grazie per la condivisione ciao sERGIO

Ciao Catherine, great capture of splendid libelluloides, I never see this specie, thanks, excellent sharpness and fine details, wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello my friend Catherine,
bravo for this beautiful macro, unusual POV and scene with splendid composition, it resembles with brick wall, very good clarity, colors output and use of light!
"keep photographing!"

Hi Catherine,
I disagree with you about these bug are graceful! ha ... ha ... :-)
Only you and your artistic sense, may make this creature so ugly, looks beautiful! excellent, great POV, beautiful light, sleek vertical composition! This bug should be thanking you that you've photographed! :-)
TFS, reagards,

Ciao Catherine,
une très belle photo en macro, une image de ce fourmilion toute en finessa avec une grande harmonie de tons chauds, très bonne netteté et parfait cadrage.
Merci et félicitations
Je te souhaite une bonne jounée

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-02-23 2:16]

Merhaba Catherine,
çok güzel bir kadraj, doğal renkleri netliği ile çok güzel bir fotoğraf.
Tebrik ederim.

Selamlar sevgili dostum Katerina:)

Impressive macro capture of a huge ant-lion which i've also photographed it so many times:) -i forgot to upload any one:) you reminded me thanks to this:p.
Wonderful soft lighting, seems to really accentuate the details and make everything stand out.
TFS and have a nice day arkadaşım!


Ciao Catherine. Magnificent razor detailed macro shot with intrigant playing of warm light and shadows. The DOF is perfect so like he POV.


bonjour Catherine
ce Grand fourmilion est très interressant et a note est aussi très interressante,
ce n'est pas facile de prendre un insecte en vol, même immobile, c'est une excellente capture avec des details ciselés comme un diamant
ses ailes sont magnifiques
Passe une bonne nuit

A beautiful vertical image and a perfect usage of selective focusing Catherine, which resulted in superb reproduction of the ant lion. TFS indeed!

Hello Catherine
We dont often see many Ant-lions (Neuroptera) posts here. These insects very interesting and beautiful looking. I also like to their photography. You greatly captured Palpares libelluloides, one of them, and presented. sharpness of focus, POV/DOF, warm colors and light using great. frame and vertical composition also nice. thanks for sharing, best regards and have a good night

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