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Winter guest: Nesomicromus

Winter guest: Nesomicromus
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-11 3:28
Viewed: 3073
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Little known backyard inhabitants:

This tiny, 6 mm long, Neuropteran has greeted me this morning at the window. The outside temperature was 0.5°C yet the bugger was moving. It turned out to be a Brown lacewing (Neuroptera; Hemerobiidae; Nesomicromus (=Micromus) angulatus (Stephens); Brauner Taghaft). The animal is known to be active during all months of the year. Its tiny larvae are aphid hunters in the herbaceous stratus. What characterizes the larvae is their spiny back that holds a lot of plant debris for camouflage. A patrolling ant will that way have a lot of difficulties getting the larva off the aphid-milking station!

ID: I used Stresemann, 2005.Exkursionsfauna von Deutschland, Vol. 2. The best URL iI found for Nuroptera was www.bioimages.org.uk/html/t366.htm.

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Hi Dietrich. An impressive capture with the best lighs and colours managemet. Amazing blurred BG.


Hello Dietrich,
this is a very good macro shot, the sharpness and details are great.
You managed to use the fill-in flash very good, without hard light and hard contrast, the colours are naice and natural.
The insect stand-out very fine against the darker BG, it's good to see that is not complete black as we see in many pictures taken with flash.
Very fine work, mf.

Thanks for you very fine words and comments of my last postings.
And I'm glad if you add some of my pictures in your themes.

Best Regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-11 5:34]

Fine capture, excellent composition and colors. tfs.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-11 8:41]

What a wonderful macro!
Very sharp details, great colors.

hello Dietrich
super composition with great details and nice light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao Dietrich, lovely tiny creature against a splendid blurry BG, great colors, wonderful sharpness and fine details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Dietrich,
ich habe noch niemals eine braune Florfliege gesehen, sie sieht kupfern aus, das ist sehr hübsch. Ich mag das glänzende Auge, tolles Bild, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Dietrich
We dont often see Neuropteran photograph here. Maybe they are not loved since eat humans, but they are seen very beautiful on shots. I also like to take photographs them.
You nicely captured it with a great macro shot. focus, POV/OOF, plain BG, composition and colors very nice. good notes. thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi Dietrich

Wow,amazing macro of this tiny lacewing. Good composition, sharpness and stunning details.


Beautiful and very original macro Dietrich! So small and so cute! :)
I like etails and perfect DOF.
Anothe interesting presentation form you!
Bravo and TFS!

Hello Dietrich
this tiny insect is wonderful captured, with great sharp details
nice pose, beautiful luminosity and superb dark BG
a geat shot, thanks for sharing

ciao Dietrich!
wonderful capture of this tiny insect that challenges the extreme cold of winter approaching, excellent management of light and the use of flash

thanks and tfs sERGIO

Hallo Dietrich
What a beautiful guest awaited you at the window. This tiny creature surely has some fascinating features and you have captured these details so well. It seems as if the freezing temperatures did not hinder your photographic abilities, because this is a pretty neat shot with great focus and sharpness. Details like the shiny bronze eye and the texture of the body is seen with great simplicity. Thanks for sharing this great macro. Best regards.

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