<< Previous Next >>


Photo Information
Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Montenegro
Theme(s): Feeding Time [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-12 20:20
Viewed: 5662
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Stoneflies (Order Plecoptera) are rarely photographed.
Although they are not fast and not too small, they are not easy to spot.

They are very ancient order of hemimetabolic insect with the earliest known fossils dating from the Permian. As in mayflies and dragonflies, they larvae are aquatic, most often predacious and similar to adults. The difference is that stoneflies live only in well aerated, cool, clean and fast flowing water. And there not so many waters left like that around us. That is why they most likely to be found in mountain areas.

The characteric feature of the order are two long slender cerci emerging from the tip of the abdomen. There are about 2 000 named species over the world.

Stoneflies have also very interesting mating behaviour. Males drum (beat their abdomen on the substrate i.e. whatever they are standing on) to attract females, and females drum in reply, the frequencies are species specific and are transmitted through the substrate not through the air. The normal sequence is 1) male drums, 2) female drums back, 3) male moves a little way towards female and drums again, 4) female drums back again, 5) male moves closer to female and drums some more, 6) female drums back again, eventually after an indefinate amount of comunication the pair meet and mate. Females only mate once and mated females do not reply to males.

source: Gordon's Plecoptera Page

Athila, scottevers7, sgo, khris_rino, LordPotty, hummingbird24, TAZ, Libor, wallhalla15, dew77, marhowie, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To wallhalla15: not Sialis :-)cedryk 1 11-13 15:08
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-11-12 21:08]

I like this one Michal!

Sharp and well exposed. Diagonal position of the insect is good. And I love the position of the yellow flower. Well balanced composition.
Beautiful shot, TFS.

Well worth the capture, Michal. The iridescence is beautiful. I have read of these insects, but don't recall seeing an image - particularly such a good one.

Hi Michal,
What is the most striking about this shot is the composition. It is superb. The colors are vivid, and detail is very sharp. An Excellent job!

  • Great 
  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2005-11-13 0:48]

Hi Michal,
Really great shot of this rarely found insect! It stands out so clear and bright against the background. The greyish/silvery/transparent colours of it must be difficult to reproduce but they come out so extremely well here. And what a great note along with it! Many thanks!

Very sharp detailing and lovely colors here. Thanks for sharing!

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-13 2:43]

Interesting insect, Michal. I think this is a first for me. It must be very hard to photograph something that is so transparent, but you did a wonderful job. The focus and exposure are excellent. The bright yellow flower provide a colorful BG. Well done and TFS. : )

A nice clear macro Michal.Good composition too.
I have seen these but never in a flower,usually by a stream in the forest,or near an outside light at night.
A very interesting note too.I've never heard them drumming,but then I doubt that I would.Probably beyond the range of human hearing.
Good work,well done.

Great capture of this stonefly, Michal.

Details, color, POV, lighting and notes are interesting and well done.

Thank you for sharing this fine composition.

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-13 7:47]

Wow ! What a wonderful and interesting insect that you have well captured! I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Michal and thanks for sharing.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-13 9:43]

Bardzo ladne macro Michale. Owad pieknie wyszedl na zoltym tle. Faktycznie, raczej trudne do 'zlapania'. Bardzo ciekawa notka!

  • Great 
  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-13 12:48]

Hi :o)
beautiful macro shot
great colors and composition and details
very well done

Hello Michal, I think thatīs a Sialis lutaria (Alderfly). Look this link: http://popgen0146uns50.unimaas.nl/~jlindsey/commanster/Insects/Misc/Megaloptera/Sialis.lutaria.html and http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/United_Kingdom/photo15541.htm

Michal, this is an excellent Picture. Great colours, excellent sharpness, a very nice composition. Well done. TFS.

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-13 15:27]

Hello Michal,
Perfect clear shot!
POV,colors, details,composition,BG,details, framing...eevrything is great. Very well done and TFS:)

  • Great 
  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-11-13 15:46]

Interesting composition. I like the sharpness of the stonefly and the incredible details and colour of the flower.

Sharp detail with a great POV Michal. Very good light and color. Good eye! Excellent note, thank You. Well done!

Beautyfull photo :-))
Great colors.


Crystal clear imagery with a fantastic DOF & POV. Well done Michal. :)

Excellent, both, notes & imagery.
I've learnt something new.
Mario from COLD COLD Canada.

Calibration Check