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Assassin bug in action

Assassin bug in action
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Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-1, Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-17 13:24
Viewed: 4787
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 35
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Rhynocoris erythropus (Linnaeus, 1767)

All Assassin bugs (Reduviidae) are predators. They prey on all small animal such as snails, insects including caterpillars, spiders and other arthropods.
They can be distinguished from other bugs by their elongated head and short curved proboscis. All other plant-feeding bugs have their proboscis flat against under their head when not in use. Assassin Bugs' proboscis is curved outwards from the head. To catch prey, Assassin Bugs swing their proboscis forwards to attack.
Assassin Bugs feed on their prey by puncturing them with sharp stylets in their proboscis, then inject saliva which will paralyses the prey, and then suck up the body fluids. As some other bugs, Assassin Bugs are slow moving. However, their bit can be painful.
The antennae of Assassin Bugs are four segmented and about the same length as the body. The legs are very long as well so that they have the longer attack distance.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-17 13:47]

Hola Marcello,
excelente macro y foco...
buenos detalles y composición.
saludos amigo.

Hello Marcello,
This is an excellent natural history shot,showing the predatory behaviour of the Assassin Bug in awesome detail.
Perfect DOF and detail throughout with good colour and lighting.

Hi Marcello!
Amazing capture of Rhynocoris erythropus in action. Great colours and sharpness. Fantastic and dramatic picture! well done!

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-17 14:43]

Hola Marcello, excelente macro, una gran aproximación, el momento es muy bueno, nitidez y buen color. Un saludo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-17 15:27]

Ciao Marcello,non posso credere che ti sei tenuto nel cassetto questo scoop per tutto questo tempo,e' una foto crudele ma eccezionale,dettagli e colori perfetti,speriamo torni il sole ma adesso sta piovendo a dirotto..ma fino a quando ci sono queste scorte non devi preoccuparti,complimenti,Luciano

Hello Marcello,

Great capture for you aswell as the Assassin bug. Pity for the Wasp.
Excellent focussing and sahrpness.
Love the colors, contrast and details very much.
Very well done. TFS!!!

Warm regards, Harry

Marcello, this is truly an amazing action shot from you.
Both the hunter and the prey are in sharp focus and you have captured the details and colours on their bodies to perfection.
I must compliment you on this fantastic macro shot.
Best regards.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-04-17 22:09]

hi Marcello,
great shot! those assassin bugs are scary little things. the detail in your shot is incredible.. the focus and depth very well done. great POV and nicely composed.. nice action shot from the bug world. great work and tfs

Splendid macro shot of this predator Reduviid and its prey. This is not only a splendid shoot it also a great document my friend!

Hello Marcello,

Excellent sharp picture of this assassin bug killing a wasp. Excellent POV and DOF. Wonderful detail. Superb colours.

dehşet verici...

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-18 14:32]

Very sharp image, Marcello!
Superb detail here.
Great composition.
Excellent lighting.
Nice work!

Well done,

Hola Marcello,
Impresionante y magnífica captura, la nitidez y los detalles con se muestra el momento es único, la luz y textura son sobresalientes, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-20 0:43]

Hi Marcello.
Rare scene and excellent dramatic picture. DOF and sharpness of the main subject, blurriness of the BG are perfect. I also like diagonal composition of the shot. You managed to show this scene in every detail superbly. My best regards and wishes.

Ciao Marcello, macro di gran lusso con l'assassino colto in flagranza di reato, scatto splendido e drammatico, solo una domanda, ma come hai fatto a tenerlo nell'hard disk tutto questo tempo, io se facevo una foto così mettevo avanti le lancette per pubblicarala prima, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Impresionante toma Marcello, y vaya partido que sacas a tu Panasonic; excelente nivelde detalles y gran profundidad. Yo también estoy ahora menos activo en la web por motivos de trabajo, aunque procuro ir publicando.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor

Hi Marcello,
you did it, you did it. What I am missing is an Assassin bug with prey. And you got one with a full-sized wasp. The composition of the picture is highly interesting, there is physical action. The way you use the light is superb, all soft, the unfolding drama in high contrast to it. My congratulations, Marcello!
Best regards

Hello Marcello,
spectacular action - outstanding capture!
Clear details, plentyful light, perfect use of the frame.
Thank you! With best regards,

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