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Aphrophora alni

Aphrophora alni
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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: 2007-09-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-25 6:27
Viewed: 2823
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Backyard discoveries:
today I present you the 10 mm Alder spittle bug (order Rhynchota; suborder Auchenorrhyncha; Aphrophoridae; Aphrophora alni; Erlenschaumzikade; Cicadelle écumeuse des aulnes). Ehem, the animals are sitting on an ornamental bush that is considered a weed in my wilderness yard.

You may know the small cicadas for the spittle they produce at the base of meadow plants. The female covers a deposited egg with the spittle-like foam that serves as a protection to the developing larva. Some species do it, others don't.

There is a lot of confusing information in the above names. First, it is not a bug but a cicada; then it has little to do with alder, it produces the typical spittle on various plants. At last, I'm not even sure whether it is the species A. alni, maybe it is rather A. major. That's what you get when you turn to the small underworld in your backyard.

The shot has been taken in RAW, with a macro, a macro twin flash and dispersers, a monopod, 1/125 sec and f/20. The picture was sharpened and resized in PS.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-25 7:17]

Hello Dietrich, Great shot & sharpness, nice notes
Regards, Dejan

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-25 9:09]

Guten Abend Dietrich,
es ist nicht leicht die kleinen 'farblosen' Zikaden attraktiv darzustellen. Ich glaube, du hast des Beste herausgeholt. Aber darum geht es ja auch nicht immer. Ich freue mich jedesmal, wenn auch einmal solche 'TN-Minderheiten' ins Bild gesetzt werden. Die beiden hast du in exzellenter Schärfe dargestellt, zudem ein Tier von oben, das andere von der Seite. Ein Bild von entsprechender Qualität und Komposition aber mit 2 Tagpfauenaugen als Objekt hätte dir 'schallenden Ablaus' beschert.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Dear Dietrich!
It will be a longer comment as I can see you on Tn after some time :)
At first - it is really nice to see you back - especially with so great picture like this one. Small, rather not very colourful (even if amazing from biological and ecological points of view) insect presented here are just great! I believe that this effect if a result of tripod and perfect control of light together with f/20! With my nikon coolpix I can only dream about such "f" (maximum is only 8 in my camera :

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2007-10-25 16:21]

Excelente luz, composición y colores. Fondo muy adecuado.
Un saludos Dietrich.

:-) sorry, el voto mañana jeje

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-26 1:17]

Hallo Dieter,
Super Bild, ich kann es anders nicht sagen. Schon lange wollte ich eine Schaumzikade sehn. Ich seh immer nur den Schaum und keine Spur von der Zikade. Farblich sehr schönes und auch interessantes Bild. Beste Schärfe, gute Beleuchtung, technisch perfekt. Peter Roos hat Recht, die Leute wollen Schmetterlinge sehn ;-)
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