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Passiflora & Disonycha fumata

Passiflora &  Disonycha fumata
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-22
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-11 9:58
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Points: 52
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Thanks to Ivan for the name of the little beetle,a Disonycha fumata,one of the Flea Beetles. They jump when disturbed with a loaded back leg mechanism. They eat holes in leaf surfaces and love some of the same plants we like to keep around: tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, peppers. Despite all that, they are handsome in a striped pajamas kind of way.

Passiflora caerulea.

Kingdom: Plantae

Division: Magnoliophyta

Class: Magnoliopsida

Order: Malpighiales

Family: Passifloraceae

Genus: Passiflora

Species: P. caerulea

The Blue Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea), also known as the Common Passion Flower, is a vine native to South America (Argentina (where it is known as the Pasionaria or Mburucuyá in Guaraní) , Uruguay and Brazil). These names may also be applied to Passiflora edulis sometimes known as the passionfruit'.
It is popular with gardeners because of its intricate, scented flowers that have an almost plastic-looking appearance. The unusual shape of the flowers has led to the plant being associated in Christian symbolism with the passion of Jesus; the three stigmas representing the three nails used to nail Jesus to the cross, the ovary and its stalk represent the chalice of the Last Supper, the five anthers represent the five wounds, the corona represents the crown of thorns, the ten 'petals' (actually five petals and five sepals) the apostles (save Judas the traitor and Peter the denyer); the old leaves also represent the hands of those who persecuted Him, the young leaves the point of the lance used to stab Him, and the tendrils the whips of those who beat Him.A woody vine capable of growing to 15–20 m height where supporting trees are available. The leaves are alternate, palmately five-lobed like a spread hand (sometimes three or seven lobes), 10–18 cm long and wide. The base of each leaf has a flagellate twining tendril 5–10 cm long, which twines round supporting vegetation to hold the plant up.
The flower is complex, about 10 cm diameter, with the five sepals and petals similar in appearance, whitish in colour, surmounted by a corona of blue or violet filaments, then five greenish-yellow stamens and three purple stigmas. Usually fragrant. The fruit is an oval orange-yellow berry 6 cm long by 4 cm diameter, containing numerous seeds; it is eaten and the seeds spread by mammals and birds. In tropical climates it will flower all year round.It is cultivated worldwide. Even though the fruit is edible, it is rather insipid when eaten raw. It can substitute for blackberries. More palatable is the fruit of the Passiflora edulis which is sweet and acidic. A tea can be made of the flower and is said to alleviate stress and anxiety. However, cyanogenic glycoside (breaks down into cyanide) has been found in the leaves. It is possible to boil away most of the cyanide.

Grazie a Ivan per l'identificazione del piccolo insetto,una Disonycha fumata.
Passiflora è un genere di Passifloraceae che comprende circa 465 specie di piante erbacee perenni ed annuali, arbusti dal portamento rampicante e lianoso, arbusti e alberelli, alti fino a 5-6 m, originarie dell'America centro-meridionale, con alcune specie provenienti dal Nord America, Australia e Asia.
Il nome del genere, adottato da Linneo nel 1753 e che significa "fiore della passione" (dal latino passio = passione e flos = fiore), gli fu attribuito dai missionari Gesuiti nel 1610, per la somiglianza di alcune parti della pianta con i simboli religiosi della passione di Cristo, i viticci la frusta con cui venne flagellato; i tre stili i chiodi; gli stami il martello; la raggiera corollina la corona di spine.
La Passiflora caerulea è l'unica specie coltivata in Italia che sopporta il gelo invernale dei nostri climi. Originaria del Sudamerica, vigorosa pianta rampicante con lunghe ramificazioni dotate di robusti viticci che le permettono di ancorarsi facilmente a qualunque supporto, foglie persistenti o semi-persistenti, palmatofite a 5-7 segmenti, di colore verde scuro, fiori larghi anche 8-12 cm, attiniformi, ermafroditi, ascellari e solitari di circa 10 cm di diametro, di colore bianco-verdastro, con 5 petali bianco-rosati, 5 sepali che circondano una doppia corona di filamenti bianchi, blu, purpureo-scuro, lilla o violacei, che a loro volta circondano le antere dorate, 5 stami e gineceo con 3 carpelli dai grossi stimmi, fioriscono nei mesi estivi da giugno a settembre, i frutti sono bacche oblunghe globose edùli, con arillo carnoso contenenti numerosi semi.
Altre specie ornamentali originarie delle zone tropicali del Sudamerica, poco rustiche e coltivate in serra o negli appartamenti sono la P. racemosa, dai fiori rossastri o biancastri riuniti in infiorescenze pendule, che fiorisce da maggio a settembre, la P. edùlis che fiorisce da giugno ad agosto-settembre, la P. trifasciata, la P. quadrangularis che fiorisce da maggio a luglio dai fiori bianco-rosati, la P. violacea che fiorisce in agosto e settembre, e la P. umbilicata con fiori rosso-brunastri.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-11 10:09]

Ciao Luciano,
A wonderfull sharp portrait of the flower of this species of Passiflora. The POV and colours are great and contribute to fine portrait of this species.
Nice to see the 'bonus' too, a fine capture of a species of Chrysomelid Beetle.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

bellissimo fiore ripreso alla grande, l-insetto ... una chicca,

complimenti e 1ooo grazie del passaggio,

ciao, tino

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2011-02-11 10:13]

Hello Luciano. I hope you are well. You have take a first class close up of this big and bold flower compleat with the small insect as a bonus. Your top POV lets us see right down into the flower head. well taken TFS.

Ciao Luciano, gran bel fiore e delizioso insettino, ottima nitidezza, magnifici colori naturali e splendida luce, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

hello Luciano
great compo with a beautiful flower and a beautiful beetle
great sharpness and good details
greeting lou

Ciao Luciano. Stacco speciale con lo sfondo e top dettaglio/nitidezza per fiore e insettino. I colori hanno reso al meglio. Per il nome dell'insetto....e mo' ne vuoi troppe....


Hi Luciano,
congratulations for this excellent photo. Amazing colours. Perfect sharpness. Interesting guest on this beautiful flower.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend,

Very nice detail of Passiflora reproduction organs. TFS.

Ciao Luciano,
immagine di passiflora di alta qualità, l'insetto aggiunge quel tocco di magico che la trasforma in un "pezzo unico", ottima nitidezza e colori meravigliosi
Grazie e complimenti
Buon fine di settimana
Ciao Maurizio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-11 11:11]

Hello Luciano,
I see this flower only in the summer in my garden. But in our 'far away islands' it's always summer. High quality photo in a perfect DOF. The little beetle is a big bonus.
Fantastic weekend,

Incredible stuff friend Luciano! Such a beautiful creation of mother nature and you have managed to take it in the right moment with the presence of a lovely Flea Beetle. Very good, very clean, very ... professional indeed! Have a great weekend Luciano!
George Veltchev

Ciao Luciano
Una foto da cento dieci e lode stupenda la nitidezza molto belli i colori grande nitideza complimenti. un buon fine settimana da Marco ciao.

Excellent photo Luciano. The composition is interesting, the colours are fantastic and the sharpness is perfect.

Hi Luciano

Great shot of the flower and the beetle really adds to the composition. Good sharpness too.


salut Luciano

ce n'est qu'après avoir lu tes notes que j'ai vu
ce coccinelle dans l'image lol, jolie photo
environemental de cette insecte, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-12 0:55]

Hello Luciano,
very attractive view of this passiflora in superb colours and sharpness.
The insect is so also very beautiful.
well presented and shot in depth of beauty and excitement.


Hello Luciano,

An intriguing flower, designed to attract insects!
And the small beetle is a fine bonus, and I admire the pin sharp details both in flower and visitor...
A lovely summer feeling, and soon we are there again..!

Pablo -

Hello Luciano,
A beautiful macro with nice colours and pattern. Great sharpness, details and composition. Well done!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-02-12 4:53]

Bonjour Luciano,
Une image charmante avec la présence de ce petit coléoptère rayé sur la Passiflora. Une combinaison originale qui rend cette image unique!
Je te souhaite une fin de semaine ensoleillée

Hi Luciano - a great photo with so many colors. sharpness is awesome. What I like is the colorful beatle with great clarity. TFS

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-12 6:27]

Lovely viewpoint to get this image of beautiful flower and the beetle great bonus. tfs.

Hello Luciano,
Fantastic capture, Exceptional details and focus as usual.
You managed very well the image. Lovely colors and excellent dept of field.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-12 8:55]

Hello Luciano,
great macro with a beautiful composition and and a very good technique. Best regards Siggi

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-02-12 10:48]

Hello Luciano,
Hardly visible so small beetle on so large flower with very unusual shape and colours.
It's very nice photo, sharpness is admirable.
Regards, Pawel

Hi luciano,

Very beautiful flower & the beetle too.
Good top POV & great sharpness. Welldone & TFS.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-02-15 10:37]

Ciao Luciano!
Bellissima macro di Passiflora con il suo piccolo ospite.
Fantastici dettagli con effetto 3D...il cuore sembra infilzato con uno spillo!
Bravissimo: complimenti.
Ciao! Vanda

Meravigliosa foto. Capolavoro della natura. Nitidezza super.
Carinissima la Disonycha fumata che conosco benissimo .....

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