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Cotton Wool Head

Cotton Wool Head
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Copyright: Francisco Mello (Mello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South America Treehoppers, Treehoppers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-08 12:24
Viewed: 3980
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TN Friends,

The more we look for, the more we find it.

I never saw this estrange treehopper and I`m almost sure that it`s the first on TN.

Maybe it`s a nymph (around 6mm length), because it don`t have wings, but only a big withe head, like a cotton ball.

I had to decrease de light (after shot) to see the details in the white mass, and unfortunately, the total pic get dark.

I hope you like and enjoy this exclusive insect.

Thanks for looking and critique.

nasokoun, eng55, hansh, sandpiper2, cicindela, Argus, Nephrotome2, Dis. Ac. has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Nephrotome2: curves & contrastMello 1 12-09 04:59
To Argus: Protective secretionMello 1 12-09 04:53
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hello Francisco
Yes ,this is wath a like
so strange and so beautiful
great sharpness and good light with very good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-08 12:54]

Hello Francisco,
Very fascinating this creature! Absolutely amazing to see it carry this cottonlike burden and for what? Camouflage? Excellent sharpness for such a tiny Treehopper. It'smore than probable a first!
Thanks a lot and Congratulations to have seen it.
Kind regards

hello Francisco
ok this is unbelievable that it is animal, insect, excellent macro shot, a big bravo for this extraordinary image and for the first presentation!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-08 13:43]

Hi Francisco,
It's very nice and unusual capture.Well exposed and composed.I liked colors,contrast and use of light a lot.
Thanks for posting..

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-08 14:13]

Hello Francisco.

What a strange creature you show us here.
A perfect capture that shows us the remarkeble unexplanble things that nature keeps hidden for us.
It's a great experience when you descover such a wonderful thing, specially when you got the possibility to catupre it like the way you did.
Very well done and thaknk you for sharing it with us MF.

Gr. Hans

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-08 21:33]

Hello Francisco
Interesting capture with great details.

Hi Francisco

Superb shot of this amazing little creature. What a bizzare adaptation this species has developed to help protect it from predation. Great composition and DOF, the light is fine.


Hello Francisco!
Perfect documentary picture of treehopper larvae. You are right, this is not an adult specimen. Larvae use this "cotton" to protect againt predtors (thank to this they are not visible for birds, ect.). Anyway, this is not a part of insect's head but only special substance "putted" on its back :)
Thank you for showing this educative and interesting picture!
Greetings from Poland,

Yours capture is fantastic.
Verry good and interesting immage.
Friendly regards.Alin.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-09 0:42]

Hello Francisco,
this is one of most beautiful macro shots of TN,very fine POV and DOF,superb density of the colours, i love it,great contrast, sharpness and details of the foreground, TFS
Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-09 3:38]
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Hello Fransisco,
An excellent macro of this tree hopper with very good light management of the sticky white protective secretion on its body. The sharpness and details are superb with the dark BG giving a fine contrast.
A fine contribution to TN!
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-09 4:12]

Hi Francisco,this is truely a wonderful scoop! I never seen nothing before and i can't help you about the name,but the insect is very curiuos and strange and i'm happy to see something new on TN.Top quality of sharpness,colors and composition.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hi Francisco,
Incredible animal. Never seen anything like this before. Clear details.
During post processing, using "curves" instead of "contrast" allows you to adjust contrasts specifically. In your case, darkening the whites while letting darker tones untouched.

Ciao Francisco. Excellent macro shot with suoperb light and colours contrast. Nice compo too. Well done!


Hello mello,

another fine caterpillar image from you with good detail and fine colours.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-09 10:52]

Hello Francisco,
It's sure an exclusive one. Never seen. I'm wondering where it's living.
Great sharpness, details and natural colours. Nice contrasting dark BG. Good composition and POV.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-12-11 5:16]

Ótimo controle de exposição, ponto de vista e enquadramento. Criatura bastante interessante.
Até a próxima.

Hello again,
You have a fantastic collection of strange insects and it shows very well the richness of nature, specially in Brazil. This one is really amazing and very well taken. TFS,

Wow - that's a crazy insect, Francisco,
never saw such a guy before.
I love this unexpected look, the excellent sharpness and light, very pretty and interesting, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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