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Rhynocoris iracundus

Rhynocoris  iracundus
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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: 2008-03-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/22, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-20 8:01
Viewed: 3930
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Early spring in the backyard:

The picture shows a 7 mm big predaceous bug larva of the European assassin bug (Heteroptera; Reduviidae; Rhynocoris (Rhinocoris) iracundus; Rote Mordwanze) that I found under the dead oak leaves, activated by the warm sun rays. You will notice the impressive stiletto-like mouthparts with which they pierce the cuticle of prey insects. I hope to meet the bugger again when it is adult and up to 17 mm long.

I did this macro in backlight (using the evening sun) and filled in with the macro flashes to avoid harsh contrast. Some juggling in PS was necessary.

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Great details and very interesting subject! TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-20 9:33]

Hello Dietrich,
Excellent macro of an Assasin Bug nymph.
The technical standard is superb and I like the way you used the fill-in flash against the light, which not only helped the exposure but also allowed you to achieve a great DOF.
Thanks for sharing this 'beauty' my friend, and enjoy your Easter vacation!

Hello Dietrich,
Wonderful shot. Colors, sharpness,lighting and composition are excellent. Thanks for sharing. Regards,

Hello Dietrich,
A perfect macro shot of this assassin bug with excelent details, lighting and framing. Composition is also great. TFS and regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-20 18:08]

Hello Dietrich,
An excellent macro shot of this insect. TFS and regards,

Congradulations. I liked most the soft curve of the leaves and the antennae, it would be great if we had seen some more of its texture. The details are very good, but the bug is very 'shiny'.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-20 19:28]

Hello Dietrich,
An excellent macro with fantastic camera work throughout. This allows us the view this starnge looking creature I have not seen before, thank you for sharing.

Hello Dietrich,

Nice picture of this nymph. Good POV, DOF and sharpness. Good lighting and colours. These insects are strange with their "broken" antennae.

Gracias Dietrich por tu eficaz colaboración para mejorar la presentación de mi mariposa. Realmente ha cambiado solamente con unos pequeños retoques y la fotografía mejora muchísimo.
Muy interesantes colores y luces en la toma de tu depredador, que veo que por esas latitudes ya empieza a estar activo.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-22 6:49]

hallo Dieter,
Nochmals bravo für Deine Aufnahme. Du erreichst jetzt wirklich ein sehr anspruchsvolles Niveau mit Deinen Bildern. Farblich und von der Komposition her, sehr gefälliges Bild dieser Mordwanzenlarve.Sie scheint auch nicht schlechte Absichten zu haben (mit eienem solchen Namen!)
Nochmals Frohe Ostern

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  • Peppe Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 4 N: 45] (188)
  • [2008-03-22 14:31]

Hi Dietrich!

Very fine macro with most of the bug in focus!
It really is assassin-like-looking! Does it change colour when it become an adult or does it stay like this?

The backlight makes this an even more intresting picture, in contrast to the dark "abyss" under the leaf in the downright corner. It's almost as if the bug crawled out down from hell.

Thanks for showing us this!

and thank you for your comments on my photos, greatly appriciated.


Un joli mélange de lumière artificielle et de lumière naturelle pour un bon résultat.
Bonne journée.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-25 10:46]

Hi Dietrich.
What a nice specimen have been pictured by you. I have never seen this colourful creature. As usual macro equipment was used perfectly, DOF is great as ell as the lighting. Bravo and kind regards.

Hallo Dieter,
sehr kunstvoll beherrschte Ausleuchtung dieser Szene im Gegenlicht.
Äußerst präzises und detailreiches, elegant komponiertes lichtdurchflutetes Portrait einer Mordwanze.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

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