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Helichrysum italicum

Helichrysum italicum
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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: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-19
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-04 11:50
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This aromatic plant with exceptional medicinal properties host here a fierce insect predator, the assassin bug. Photo taken on Ikaria island.

Helichrysum italicum (Roth) G.Don, 1830
Famille : Asteraceae

Common names: Curry plant (EN), Ölmez çiçek (TU), Siempreviva del monte (SP), Immortelle d'Italie (FR).

It is sometimes called the curry plant because of the strong smell of its leaves. It grows on dry, rocky or sandy ground around the Mediterranean. The stems are woody at the base and can reach 60 cm or more in height. The clusters of yellow flowers are produced in Summer, they retain their colour after picking and are used in dried flower arrangements.
The essential oil of H. italicum is an excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-haematoma. With its mucolytic and antoxidant properties, it helps to regenerate skin and tissue. The anti-inflammatory activity of Helichrysum italicum can be explained by multiple effects, including inflammatory enzyme inhibition, free-radical scavenging activity and corticoid-like effects.
The leaves can be used as a flavouring in salads and cooked food. The essential oil, with its intense fragrance, can be used as a flavouring to enhance fruit flavours in sweets, ice cream, baked goods, soft drinks and chewing gum.

Rhinocoris iracundus
Family: Reduviidae

This large assassin bug has captured a bee. Its bite may be painful due to toxic saliva.

Blamey M., Grey-Wilson Ch., Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean, Domino Guides, London, 2005.
Sala A., Recio M., Giner RM., Máñez S., Tournier H., Schinella G., Ríos JL., Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of Helichrysum italicum, Departament de Farmacologia, Facultat de Farmàcia, Universitat de València, Spain, 2002.

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hello Catherine
super picture very good details
you can see the bug eating the bee
great sharpness and nice light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-04 11:54]

Hi Catherine. You once again a fine picture from your summer archives. This time showing us a fine close up of this brightly coloured plant with the bee andcolourful bug. You have take al lwith fine detail and bright natural colours. well taken TFS.

Hello Catherine
Wonderful !
Flower, victim and predator!
This is the nature!
Congratulation for this beautiful capture!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-04 11:58]

Hello Catherine.

A fine capture you show us here.
Splendid colors and a photo with great action, one survives and one not.
Thank you for shring it.
Great note too.

Gr. Hans

Hello Catherine.
Flower and insect looks very nice and you have done it very well. I know that you like to learn different names in different languages. In Turkish your plant is: Ölmez Çiçek (undying flower). I don't know insects name. It is just a Böcek (= Bug).

Thanks for sharing. I have taken the same insect too and your identification helps me a lot :)


Hola Catherine,
una interesante toma en su conjunto por la escena de los insectos y por la presentación de la planta. Los colores, a mi gusto,excesivamente saturados.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Bonsoir mon ami Catherine,

Εκπληκτικά όμορφος συλλάβετε από μεγάλη άποψη με τη Ελληνικά σαφήνεια, τα θερμά χρώματα, τις λεπτομέρειες και την ευχάριστη σύνθεση.
TFS and have a nice night!:)
İyi geceler arkadaşım:)

ps. i think this wil be new trend on multilingual commenting! hehe:-)

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-04 22:38]

Hi Catherine,
Scary scane,excellent capture.I liked POV,colors,details and composition a lot.Have a nice day!
Thanks fro posting..

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-04 23:04]

Hi Catherine

Great action shot - lovely colours and close cropping.

Best wishes


Ciao Catherine,
une très belle photo de cette triple capture avec plein de beaux details de la fleur à les insectes, splendides couleurs et très belle lumière.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne journée

Hi Catherine,
A good action photo, provided with a really plausible approach and a very attractive color. Well done!

Ciao Catherine. An intrigant dramatic dynamic capture with amazing playing of light/shadows. beuatiful colours. Very good work!


Bonjour Catherine,
Très belle publication très finement détaillée et très bien commentée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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