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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods except insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-04 9:01
Viewed: 7477
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Friends!
The 2010 was started a "momemt ago", but today I would like to show you a creature from the group which remember really old times... Members of this group remeber not only dinosaurs but even trilobites!

Here we have a Wind Scorpion or Solifugae (in Polish: solfuga) (species identification - in progress :>).
Here you can find some basic data about this group of Arachnida. Today - a few words about history of this living fossil :>

- The oldest fossil record of Solifugae-like creature is ca. 330 million year old - this is a species named Schneidarachne saganii which was found in Kamienna Góra in Poland. This

- The oldest unquestionable fossil of this arachnid group is ca. 305 million year old (Prosolpuga carbonaria found in Mazon Creek (Illinois, USA). What is interesting, this material suggests that Solifugae were adapted to rather swampy forest environment, not - like today - to desert habitats.

- The next oldest fossils come from the ca. 115 million year old Crato Formation in north-eastern Brazil (Cratosolpuga wunderlichi similar to present-day members of family Ceromidae, noted today only from S Africa). This Brazilian records clearly suggests that these creatures must have been present on the ancient continent of Gondwana at about the time of its break-up during the Mesozoic, and that while they survived in the part that became Africa they died out in the part which became South America.

- Solfugae have been noted also from the Baltic amber (40–50 million years old, Eocene - Palaeoblossia groehni. This finding shows that at this time in northern Europe the climate was much warmer than today.

- Today about 1000 species of these living fossils are known, distributed mainly in desert habitats.

The picture presents an adult specimen in typical defence position.

horias, batu, Argus, uleko, nglen, boreocypriensis, roges, ramthakur, eng55, anel, Jamesp, Dis. Ac., cataclysta, rousettus, oscarromulus, extramundi has marked this note useful
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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-04 9:17]

Wonderful capture this Wind Scorpion in a defensive position!
Sharp details !
Congratulation and a great 2010!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2010-01-04 9:27]

Hello Radomir,
a great picture of this specimen clearly and sharply showing the impressive mouth part
and much more details of this interesting species. Light and exposure are optimal!
Best wishes, Peter

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-04 9:28]

Hello Radomir
Interesting spider...well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-04 9:44]

Hello Radomir,
An awsome macro of this Solfugid arachnoid!
The details are great and seen with fine sharpness and the threatening defence posture looks impressive.
A great contribution for TN together with a good note.
Thanks and best wishes,

Great scorpion withe fine details. Well done, congratulations!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-04 10:20]

Hello Radomir,
A very fine capture of this interesting Wind Scorpion showing it from a nice angle with great sharpness and natural colours. Those jaws look quite vicious!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Waw....this Wind Scorpion is so old?
Great capture!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-04 11:23]

Hello Radomir,
Impressive macro of this insect. Very special photo. Excellent sharp details and beautiful natural colours. Very nice contrasting BG. Good POV.

Ciao Radomir, great capture of strange creature from the past with fantastic details and splendid sharpness, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

hello Radomir
great pose of this BEAUTY!!!
i like this insect ,i have seen this specie real
picture is very good sharp and beautiful colour
great shot
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-04 11:52]

Hi Radomir . Firstly thanks for the interesting notes about this little Wind Scorpion. Once again today i learnt something new. You were able to get a fine close up ofthis little insect.taken with good detail and natural colours. TFS.

Hi Radek,

Delightful and flawless macro capture of this magnificent Solufugid -that we use "camel" spider name for them- from lateral and impressive low POV with wonderful clarity and fine composition. As usual you prepared a great note on their natural history!
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-04 14:47]

Hi Rado,wonderful pic at the top of quality as usual and very very interesting note about the history of this specie of scorpion.My best compliments for this another great professional work.Have a nice day,Luciano

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-04 15:35]

Witaj Radomir,
Lat dobrego zdrowia, szczęścia i wszystkich chcesz Ciebie i Twoich bliskich!
Dziękuję bardzo za odwiedziny dokonane na mojej galerii i frumaose komentarze napisane przez siebie.
I pamiętać, że rozpoczął nowy rok 2010 z wyjątkowych makro.
Najlepsze myśli,

Very strange looking Spider you shot in Syria, Radomir.
It has diabolic looking jaws open in this shot.
Superb clarity -- a hallmark of your macro photography.
Thanks and regards.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-04 22:56]

Hi Radomir,
Interesting capture.POV,details,natural colors and composition are wonderful.Excellent note too!
Thanks for posting..

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2010-01-04 23:03]

Hello Radomir,
This little looks like a little fighter. Great close up shot, so much details and very intimedating the way he is ready to bite. All little bugs are actually looks like little monster. Good they are only very small, if they are bigger, I would really be scare :)
Good details, natural color and light. Thanks. My complements.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-05 4:15]

Hello Radomir,
What an amazing creature.. I never had seen somethig like this before. Looks like a mix of scorpion and spider. Most interesting posting, interesting to read that they existed already before the dinosaurs.
Just great! Thanks so much.
Kind regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-06 2:48]

Hello Radomir

Wow - what an amazing capture - the sort of thing that Hollywood enlarge and make a monster in a feature film!

Very skillful work here - you must have endless patience my friend.

Greetings from Mopti on the Niger River in Mali.

Best wishes


Witaj Radek.
Wszytkiego najlepszego w Nowym Roku, równie owocnym. Ciekawy gatunek skorpiona i jak zwykle ¶wietne ujęcie.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

Hello Radomir,

an very good macro from these insect with good pov and details.
fine colours and good note.


Czesc Radziu
Fotka bardz ladna i zwierzak ktorego nie czesto sie widzi na TN Ladna ostra i naturalna fotka

Hello Radomir,
what a nice macro shot of beuatiful Solifugae from Syria, with sharp focus, POV/DOF and composition whitish stony sands. your notes also great to read. I agree.
Thanks for sharing. best wishes my friend

Loved your notes!!!
Highly educative.
Great set of "mandibles" if I could call it's "jaws" that.
Very impressive image.
Wonder why "zetu" called it a spider???
Friendly greetings from Canada.

I remember this fellows from some posts from our south african members, but I could not imagine we can also find them in center Europe, impressing!
As always a very descriptive shot with great educational notes, congratulations.
Best regards, Felipe.

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