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Symphyta larva

Symphyta larva
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Copyright: Rafaila Florentina (Danye) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 20] (90)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 100 f2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-20 4:28
Viewed: 5453
Points: 12
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For the moth genus, see Symphyta (moth genus).Sawfly is the common name for an insect in the order Hymenoptera, suborder Symphyta.
Sawflies are distinguishable from most other Hymenoptera by the broad connection between the abdomen and the thorax (see image), and the caterpillar-like larvae (below). The common name comes from the appearance of the ovipositor, which looks much like the blade of a saw. Females use the ovipositor to cut into plants where they lay their eggs. Large populations can cause economic damage in cultivated areas and forests.
The larvae look like caterpillars (the larvae of moths and butterflies), with two notable exceptions; (1) they have six or more pairs of prolegs on the abdomen (caterpillars have five or fewer), and (2) they have two stemmata instead of a caterpillar's six. Typical sawfly larvae are herbivorous, the group feeding on a wide range of plants. Individual species, however, are often quite specific in their choice of plants used for food. The larvae of various species exhibit leaf-mining, leaf "rolling", or gall formation. Three families are strictly xylophagous, and called "wood wasps", and one family is parasitic. The larvae that do not feed externally on plants are grub-like, without prolegs.

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To Belgerdy: Thank you for your comment.Danye 2 07-20 05:24
To shree: Thank you for your kind comment.Danye 1 07-20 05:14
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GReat shot, great details and beautiful colors. What are the grean drops on its body?

Very nice shot,

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  • shree Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 13 N: 71] (276)
  • [2009-07-20 4:51]
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Very interesting composition, Rafaila! Flash has been used nicely, leaving no hard shades. Needless to say that your model is very beautiful - colours are pretty. But I can not understand, is it kept on a leaf or it is hanging on something? Please clarify my doubt.

Thanks for sharing the picture of this beautiful caterpillar and an informative note!

Hi Rafaila,

Great macro shot!
Beautiful colors of the moth, a calm position, great sharpness, nice POV and good use of flash with homogenous distribution of light over all. It worked well here. Wonderful DOF too.

Thanks for sharing.

Paras Bhalla

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-07-20 6:04]

O captura excelenta...culori vi, naturale, claritate perfecta.Felicitari!

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-07-20 10:46]

excellent close-up of the pretty caterpillar! :-) the sharpness is perfect as well as the use of the flash. wonderful colors and
details, love the rolled-up pose and the blurred dark green background which contrast the white very well.
terrific job & best wishes, thor.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-21 3:42]

Foarte faine, imi plac compositia si culorile vii.
Mai asteptam

A well composed photo and a good subject. The lighting and colours are very nice. Bravo!
Best regards

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