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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC W7
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-08 6:36
Viewed: 3996
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This small insect looks like a species of cricket to me. It is hiding from the intense sunlight in the heart of Common allamanda flower.

The Flower
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae (dogbane family)
Genus: Allamanda
Scientific Name: Allamanda cathartica L.
Common Name: Common allamanda, Golden trumpet, yellow bell, บานบุรีสีเหลือง

Allamanda have become naturalized throughout the tropics; they may be seen in roadside ditches, abandoned yards and dumps. As a controlling measure, cutting is ineffecive with Allamanda and will lead to vigorous coppicing. Owing to its fast growth, Allamanda has been introduced widely where it is used as a groundcover or for hedges and screens. In some areas Allamanda are an invasive species, notably Allamanda cathartica in Queensland, Australia.

Allamanda cathartica is also notable for its medicinal properties: all parts of the plant contain allamandin, a toxic iridoid lactone. The leaves, roots and flowers may be used in the preparation of a powerful cathartic (hence the name); the milky sap is also known to possess antibacterial and possibly anticancer properties. Gardeners exposed to the sap will develop rashes, itch, and blisters.

From: Wikipedia

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Hello Jitti,

Very nice picture of this insect inside this beautiful flower. I cannot help for the ID. Good composition, POV, DOF and focus. Beautiful colours.

Hello JC. The capture is coll and so is the image. Neatly tucked inside the flower under the shade of the petals. Brilliant work and well done. Regards. Jusni

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-09 2:53]

Yes looks like a Cricket to me too. This little fellow looks very cosy in his flower bed :-)
Lovely bright colours and superb use of flash.
Very good composition as well.
Nice work Jitti!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-09 4:58]

Hi JC,
what ever it is it looks cute all stretched out and relaxed in the flower.
Lovely details surrounded by lovely colors. Lovely composition as well.

This is a superb shot!
Very well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-09 8:55]

Hi Jitti,
Wonderful shot and you portray a fine act in nature. Nice shade the tiny insect is enjoying. Very impressive sharpness and lovely bright colours. the frame filling petals looks fantastic. Excellent POV to portray this scene and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-09 9:53]

Hello Jitti, Very nice shot and superb composition. Nice focus. Sharp details. Good lighting and colors. Ganesh

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-15 10:42]

Hello Jitti

Super colours in this shot.
Excellent sharp focus and details.
The composition is well done.
Good use of lighting and shadows.
The POV and DOF is excellent.


Hallo Jitti
What a bright shot. A beautiful macro with excellent sharpness, and most delightful view. The details of the insect are just eye-catching. The colour and texture of the flower is also great and creates a wonderful backdrop. A most appealing, bright and sunny sight. You have used the light well, laying emphasis on the little beetle well within the flower. Thanks for sharing.This one was much appreciated.
Kind regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-10 10:49]

Hi Jitti.
Very cute insect in a flower heart. Nice creative idea and wonderful its realization. Very impressive BG created by petals. My best wishes and TFS.

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