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Gordian Knot

Gordian Knot
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Raynox DCR-250
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-11 13:47
Viewed: 3897
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Millipedes (Class Diplopoda, previously also known as Chilognatha) are arthropods that have two pairs of legs per segment (except for the first segment behind the head which does not have any appendages at all, and the next few which only have one pair of legs). Each segment that has two pairs of legs is a result of two single segments fused together as one. Most millipedes have very elongated cylindrical bodies, although some are flattened dorso-ventrally, while pill millipedes are shorter and can roll into a ball, like a pillbug. Millipedes are detritivores and slow moving. Most millipedes eat decaying leaves and other dead plant matter, moisturising the food with secretions and then scraping it in with the jaws. However they can also be a minor garden pest, especially in greenhouses where they can cause severe damage to emergent seedlings. Signs of millipede damage include the stripping of the outer layers of a young plant stem and irregular damage to leaves and plant apices.

This class contains around 10,000 species. There are 13 orders and 115 families.

The giant African millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas) is the largest species of millipede.

Millipedes can be easily distinguished from the somewhat similar and closely related centipedes (Class Chilopoda), which move rapidly, and have a single pair of legs for each body segment.

This class of arthropods is thought to be among the first animals to have colonised land during the Silurian geologic period. These early forms probably ate mosses and primitive vascular plants. The oldest known land animal, Pneumodesmus newmani, was a 1 centimetre-long millipede.

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Gidday Grzegzzy,

Are you sure this ones alive ?
I can't ear it squawking.
You sure you ain't nailed it to the ground ?
It looks like an ex millipede to me.


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-11 16:15]

Hehehe, niezly wezel :-) Pare rzeczy widac na tym zdjeciu naprawde bardzo dobrze, np. fakture kutikuli czy tez zakonczenie ciala. Szkoda tylko troche ze nie udalo sie uniknac odblaskow. Tak czy inaczej wielki pza kompozycje i detal.

cool macro-shot, this is so close and makes the millipede look like a giant - how big was it? one of the 20cm kind? *g*
the "pose" is great, nicely curled up, and the details awesome - the different segments are clearly visible.
well seen & captured, thor.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-13 3:48]

I am not a bug lover, I will admit! I have chased various versions of these out of my basement and once tangled with a highly poisonous centipede in an archaeological excavation in Jordan (that one [known as a "Forty-Four"] was about 8 inches long and had black and yellow stripes and a bite more dangerous than a scorpion!)
Nonetheless you have captured this one beautifully, showing how well armoured it is.
Great colours, superb composition and perfect (although very creepy) details.

Chwila wolnego sie zdarzyla wiec i okazja by wrocic do zaznaczonych fotek z jakims sensowniejszym komentarzem :)
Zaczne od tego, ze milo widac znow cos nowego w Twoim kadrze! Dwuparce nie sa zbyt lubianym i popularnym obiektem fotografii, a szkoda, bo to zwierzaki dosc nieprzecietne :)
Bardzo podoba mi sie kompozycja tej fotki, robal w iscie naturalnej postawie obronnej - ale takiej jeszcze nie do konca posrecanej :) Bardzo dobra kontrola swiatla i glebi ostrosci (fakt, ze nie wszystki segmenty zwierzaka sa ostre tylko dodane charakteru zdjeciu - daje ladna perspektywe).

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