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I´ve got a ticket to ride

I´ve got a ticket to ride
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photos with titles of songs, Beetles and Bugs of the world, 40-49 Points (Chapter 2), Weevils [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-12 15:59
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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Eucalyptus snout beetle (Coleoptera, Curculionidae)

Here we have a weevil with a tiny spider having some fun on it. I will talk about the one on the bottom :-D

I have already said that where I live our atlantic forest have been replaced by pine and eucalypsus forestal explotations.
BUT... when we play with nature and introduce a foreign forest in a different enviroment not only the trees are the strangers.

The Eucalyptus snout beetle (Gonipterus scutellatus Gyll.) is a weevil native to south-east Australia, where it is a rare insect that feeds exclusively on Eucalyptus, although attacks on apple trees have been reported. It remained largely ignored until it was found in South Africa in 1916, where populations reached pest status in a few years. Damage to the Eucalyptus plantations was so extreme that in 1926 the South African Government decided to send F. G. C. Tooke to Australia, to search for natural enemies of the pest.

In only 10 days, he found the mymarid Anaphes nitens, a parasitoid of Gonipterus eggs. This led to the introduction of A. nitens into South Africa and the start of one of the most impressive examples of biological control ever reported.
The egg parasitoid Anaphes nitens has been introduced into many countries as a biological control agent. Even if control has been successful in most countries no detailed study of the interactions between both species has been published.

2 Gonipterus scutellatus was detected in 1991 in north-west Spain and A. nitens was introduced in early 1994. Here we report on the results of a 2-year study of parasitism in 16 localities in North-west Spain. In 1996, parasitism was so intense (80±100% of eggs) that G. scutellatus became locally extinct, and as a consequence A. nitens disappeared. In 1997, G. scutellatus recolonized the area and was followed by its parasitoid, but parasitism was low in spring, probably because the parasitoid population needed 3 weeks to achieve a similar size as in 1996.
Consequently, damage to the trees was extreme in 1997. We interpret these results as population fluctuations due to parasitoid & host interactions and suggest that parasitoids should not to be so effective as to locally extinguish their host to be useful for biological control.

We introduce the tree, a polizon pest of it, the we introduce a strange kind of wasp to fight against the pest, I am thinking about what the wasp can do with our original insects...

I found this info HERE.

Hope you like!

F8 - 1/125 - Sunny 14:00h. - Aperture priority - Tripod.
NI - slight saturation correction - frame - resize - USM.

Fisher, milloup, rlortie, marhowie, Luc, red45, cafecrem, sandpiper2, Signal-Womb, Callie, christophe, desmo, roconnell, olontur, vasko1233 has marked this note useful
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Your note is very interesting Felipe. Still a lot to learn about nature! Your shot looks like a science fiction game where the player has to manage two critters at once. The atmosphere you create here with a very clever light placement is strange. Very unusual and efficient presentation. I like it!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-12 17:09]
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Felipe, this is a magnificent shot with fine details. You managed to have the toes in focus. This is an excelent image.
Well done.


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  • milloup Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
  • [2005-01-12 17:33]
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This one's excellent, Felipe ;-))
Great sharpness and DOF, good bg and foreground, good POV and an entertaining situation captured ;-)

This is a perfect shot Felipe. No nits. And you got even a fun side to it. Great!

Fantastic work Felipe. They should be lining up at your door any time now! Great POV & a catchy title. Five star notes..Very well done!

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-01-12 21:29]
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Nice picture. Good framing and DOF.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-13 4:40]

Wow, wow, wow!!! Excellent Felipe! This is scene from "Attack of The Clones" movie :-) Great quality. Perfect textures and details. And what a moment! To favs.
Ps: I don't see any fungi on photo, oh, I understand - this is photo of microscopic fungi :-))

Suuuuuuuper! Just wonderful! I cant find words to write...

Excellent shot, humerous title and very informative note. Composition and POV is excellent, well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-13 6:00]
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Wauw Felipe,
How you did it you set the spider on the beetle, fun. No great capture you did, fantastic macro, good dof and pof, very good note and great job

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-13 7:16]
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Superb Felipe. Excellent macro. Good composition, DOF and POV. Very well done

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-13 7:36]
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Amazing macro shot.I must say this is great captures pics.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ***

Great shot, funny pose.
I would crop the right part...
Well done.

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  • AmiBe (68)
  • [2005-01-13 9:11]
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Excellent macro, very good DOF, sharpness and beautiful colors.
Well done !

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-13 10:46]
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Strange world. Surprising image, Felipe. While the Americans launch rockets towards one meteorite, a tiny spider walks on a bug.
I think that the walk of the spider is more important than the journey of the rockets.

There is something else on the bug, those litle blacks spots? What are they? Parasitoid?

A more than excellent post: picture and a very instructive note.

Wow! that is a great capture Felipe and very well spotted. Excellent sharpness and accurate DOF. Great post.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-13 13:31]
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Killer note, Felipe
The picture is just as good,, I thought the guy looked familliar!
Very nice detaild here, well done

beautiful cleanness of the picture, Very great shot Felipe
In a friendly way Christophe

la limpieza bonita del cuadro, el Muy gran tiro,Felipe
De una manera amistosa Christophe

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-14 16:10]
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What a moment and image. The image is sharp and the composition excellent. This reminds me of some of the Star Wars scenes.

Very Well done and thanks for posting

WOW! Felipe exceptional macro with two interesting critters. Nice write up and sharp details. What a post!

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-01-16 15:42]
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Tylko pogratulowaæ bystro¶ci , bardzo ciekawe ujêcie.

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  • desmo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 6] (4)
  • [2005-01-23 2:54]

Very good macro here.
many details. great shot.
Good note.


Wonderful photo of a free ride to accompany your note of parisitism. The lighting is great as it brinds out the rich browns and greens in this scene. Well done.

Muy buenas Felipe
La verdad es que esta foto la acabo de ver ya que estaba en la portada del TN, pero me gusta por tres motivos.
1.- El título no es de una canción de los chicos de Liverpool.
2.- Debido a que es un escarabajo que ataca a los eucaliptos..... me acuerdo cuando llegaron las primeras phoracantas punctatas... no se si se escribe así y atacaron alos eucaliptales del sur..... todos los que eramos sensibles con el medio ambiente nos alegramos de que por fin algún bichejo atacará a estos arbolitos tan majos..... para los intereses de quienes sacan dividendos y tan "majos" para el medio ambiente....
3.- Por el momento que pillaste al taxista, y por el fondo y por el comentario que aunque mi inglés no es del "todo" perfecto ;o) pero si que me parece acertado por lo que comentas y entiendo...

Un saludo.

P.D. No me llegó nada sobre tu comentario del objetivo, tuvimos unos días problemillas con el servidor de correo

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