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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.6
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hymenoptera: bees, wasps and ants, (sawflies), Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-11 4:34
Viewed: 4172
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
In Poland the long weekend (4 days) is just ending, so I would like to show you a very "fresh" picture taken during this break from work :)

This unidenfified (till now... :>) member of family Ichneumonidae was photographed in Dobieszkow village, "Struga Dobieszkowka Nature Reserve", Wzniesienia Lodzkie Landscape Park, Central Poland.
A lot of data about this insect group can be found in TN gallery, so I would like only to note, that this family includes some 2300 species in Polish fauna (more than 20 000 in the world fauna).

This specimen was found under the bark of dead Pinus sylvestris tree, just next to many other different insect species which no are looking for shelters to overwinter. It is really amazing that during this period of year many arthropods which normally are enemies, now can occur so close, sometimes in a distance of only some 1-2 cm!
Just a small exaple, in this dead tree there were not only these ichmeunonid wasps, but also ground beetles (genera: Carabus, Pterostichus, Platynus, and Nebria), Staphylinidae (few genera), hundreds of springtails, several species of flies, slugs and snails, some small isopods, centipedes, diplopods, and spiders.
So as you can read, the diversity was rather high, and it was only one dead tree!!! :)

And last but not least, I would like to dedicate this picture to Marie (mariki) who likes insects and very often shows us many unusual and unique species from this interesting group :>

Thank you in advance for visits and your time!
Have a nice afternoon!!! :>

PS. I would be very grateful for any help with ID of this Ichneumonidae wasp :)

anel, Alex99, rousettus, Jamesp, eqshannon, haraprasan, Dis. Ac., siggi, boreocypriensis, JORAPAVI has marked this note useful
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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-11 5:07]

Hello Radomir,
A very kind and nice dedication to our friend Marie-Christine. Really amazing how many different wasps it gives, and this one is just beautiful with its 3-colored antennae and the big black eyes!
Interesting also to read your note about the diversity of creatures living close together when colder times come.
Thanks a lot for this posting

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-11 8:20]

Hi Radomir.
Very attractive and unknown for me insect and superb as usual it photo. DOF is great, fill flash is used excellently, colours are rich and so impressive. I also like nice dedication to our friend mariki. Thanks for sharing and all the best.

Hello Radomir,

Thank you for the dedication. Very beautiful and sharp picture of this ichneumonidae. Superb composition and colours. That is a very difficult group to ID.
Kind regards,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-11-11 9:27]

Hello Radomir,
amazing sharpness, particularly visible by the eyes and the antennae.
Also amazing is the colour congruence between the insect and the ground.
Well observed and optimally presented!
Best wishes, Peter

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-11 14:40]

Hi Rado,whitout your photographic class this could be a camouflage,but whit your art to take in perfectly focus this little insect this is a fanatstic pic! Excuse me for my bad english..eheheh..my best compliments for this top class shot,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Radomir,
very nice macro shot for one of your 2300 fauna elements in this group. focus, POV, composition very nice. Greatly noted and framed. Thanks for sharing my friend, successfully studies.
be back for pts

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-11 22:38]

Hi Rado

Great work here - excellent detail and superb lighting.


I have never seen this specie Radomir
good macro, fine pov good details and a good photojob here I like it, have a nice evening.
regard jaap

Fine, crisp and clear....very goo dearth tones....I guess you don't have a crush on Marie...in American the dedication of a bug unless to a colleague which she is,, would be seen as unusual....but I am such a guy...unusual..Very nice show and notes1

Hi Radek,
A nice capture of this beautiful ichmeunonid wasp. Very well composed shot with sharp details and a nice dedication too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Radomir,

Good pov and composition of this insect.
I like the way he are camouflaged with the BG.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-16 10:56]

Hello Radomir, very good details in that great macro, the subject is fine and the ezposureis really good, well done!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-16 11:15]

Hallo Radomir,
Nie znam tego individua,ale wyglada interesujaco.Ostrosc,kontrast,kolorystyka i kadr bezbledny.Ja jestem jeszcze na etapie nauki(od pare miesiecy na TN-ie)
Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hi Radomir, splendid bug with fine details and great colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2008-11-18 11:40]

Widać po tym zdjęciu że to fotograf robi zdjęcia nie aparat.
Bardzo dobry kadr i szczegóły.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-23 11:46]

hello Radomir
wonderful close-up capture of this interesting insect
POV, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

Hi Radek,
Excellent macro capture of this ready-to-sleep ichneumonid insect with great details, excellent focus, nice DOF/POV and composition.
TFS and have a nice new week!
Greetings from Izmir,


Hi Radomir,
such a nice Ichneumonid, colorful and all. I found no comprehensive picture collection on the net to help you with the ID, its a pity.

What comes to my mind looking at your picture is a citation of Darwin (the Darwin Year 2009 is near): "I cannot persuade myself that a beneficient and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars or that a cat should play with mice." (Charles Darwin, in a letter to his colleague Asa Gray).

My best regards

Hola Radomir,
Bonita composición de esta curiosa avispilla, buena definición y magníficos detalles, luz y color agradables, saludos
José Ramón

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