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Assassin bombom

Assassin bombom
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Copyright: Hernan Tolosa (saguzar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1095 W: 72 N: 1394] (7202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot A530
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-05 18:08
Viewed: 3592
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
An assassin bug in my garden, last summer, awaiting for some victim.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Hemiptera

Suborder: Heteroptera

Superfamily: Cimicomorpha

Family: Reduviidae
Latreille, 1807

Reduviidae is a large, cosmopolitan family of predatory insects in the suborder Heteroptera. It includes assassin bugs (genera include Melanolestes, Psellipus, Rasahus, Reduvius, Rhiginia, Sinea, Triatoma, and Zelus), wheel bugs (Arilus cristatus), ambush bugs (genera include Apiomerus and Phymata), and thread-legged bugs (the subfamily Emesinae, including the genus Emesaya). There are about 7000 species altogether, making it one of the largest families in the Hemiptera.
They use the long proboscis to inject a lethal saliva that liquefies the insides of the prey, which are then sucked out. The legs of some of these bugs are covered in tiny hairs that serve to make them sticky to hold onto their prey while they feed. The saliva is commonly effective at killing substantially larger prey than the bug itself. As nymphs, some species will cover and camouflage themselves with debris, or the remains of dead prey insects.


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-05 18:14]

Hi Hernan,

Superb shot of the Assassin Bug, nicely composed shot with a great POV and a fine pose, the detail is wonderful with beautiful colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hello Hernan,
Very good color, exposure, and sharp detail.
I like the DOF, that runs from the long antennae, to the rear leg :) Well done.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-06-05 18:49]
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Great shot! Nice composition and great contrasting colors. I like the efficient background. Regards

Hi Hernan,
Great looking bug but its eating habits don't sound so good. Great macro which let's us examine all its finer details well. Nice.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-05 20:19]

WOW. You did an outstanding job getting the focus just right to show amazing detail on this small insect. The exposure is outstanding with perfect light on your subject. The colors look very natural. Nice work!

Hola Hernan,
Shallow DoF was managed very nicely in this shot, well focused on main object, great sharpness, and very neat BG.
Superb shot.


Te quedó buenísimo este insecto Hernán.
Muy logrado el desenfoque del fondo y me encantan los detalles que le sacaste al bicho.
¡Saludos y gracias por el dato de este sitio! :)

hi hernan,
excellent macro shot, sharp image with good details, well saturated colour tones, nicely composed shot, beautiful green bg,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-06 2:23]

Hello Hernan,
Beautiful capture.POV,details and sharpness on head,blurred BG and lighting are excellent.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-06 3:38]

Hello Hernan,
Impressive shot with wonderful colors. Composition is excellent from a good pov. Could use some stopping down though for more depth of field. Regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-06 4:06]

Hi Hernan,
Wonderful portrait of this weird looking assasin bug. Very neat and sharp details. Nice natural colours, fine focus and great exposure. Excellent POV and DOF. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

Excellent sharpness and great DOF
Good background
Great composition and well exposed.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-06 4:18]

Hello Hernan,
This bug looks really interesting with its zebra-stripes on the legs. Horrible the way they kill their prey! Good composition, nice colours and a neutral blurred background make an beautiful picture.
Best regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-06 7:50]

Hi Hernan

A very beautiful macro shot of this interesting creature!
T don't belive i've seen many of these insects here, so thanks for the diversity ;)
The details here are very nice and sharp and the colors are very beautiful.
I see why you used a shallow DOF here - it really focuses the attention on this fellows head.
Good work!

Bravo and TFS

Very beautiful macro image Hernan.
Great sharpness and clarity.
Details and color contrast are wonderful.
Very well done. Thamks for sharing.
Best regards, Harry

Magnifique, quels détails, quelle macro .

Hi A beautiful picture. very good colors and composition. Sharpness is ultimat.TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-06 13:32]

Hi Hernan.
I am amazed with razor sharpness and terrific details of the insect. You managed to reflect all its beauty perfectly. Amazing lights, richness of colours and blurriness of the BG. My compliments and TFS.

Hello Hernan
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Great details, composition and lighting,
Excellent DOF and POV,Superb shot,friend


oi Hernan.
Linda foto.
inseto muito interessante este, nunca tinha visto, cores lindas em todo o inseto, diria que esta coloração é até meio que hipnótica para suas presas !
Parabéns, ótimo relatório.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-07 7:46]

Hi Hernan,
It is a very interesting bug. Composition, POV, focus, details, colors and exposure control is very good. TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-07 8:16]

Hello Hernan,
very nice composition, the bug looks like its surfing in an green ocean.
Details colors and sharpness are very nice.
Very well done.

Hi Hernan,
Very nice image of this Assassin Bug. The image is sharp with texture clearly presented. Brilliant colors and well composed. Very well done.

Ciao Hernan, splendida macro di questo strano insetto, bellissimi i colori e perfetto il fuoco, bravo, buona domenica, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-09 16:21]

hola Hernán,
Vaya asesina mas colorida,
bonito encuadre y nitidez excelente,
saludos amigo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-12 15:29]

Hello Hernan,
What an amazing creature with striped stockings!! Great macro showing sharp details and nice colours. A very fine composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Excelente macro y muy buena nitidez.


And hello again!
This is another very good example of predatory insect. And the very good quality picture. I like DOF, POV, details and colours.
Bravo and TFS,

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-07-02 14:09]

Impressionante a qualidad de suas macros! Cada vez mejores! O verde é mui bonito e contrasta mui bien com este insecto. Mui buena!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-26 7:25]

very great capture,i have one like that in my gallery but haven't a perfect sharpness as yours...thanks for share,Luciano

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