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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-24 10:08
Viewed: 3698
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Aphids, also known as plant lice (and in Britain as greenflies), are small plant-eating insects, and members of the superfamily Aphidoidea. Aphids are among the most destructive insect pests on cultivated plants in temperate regions. The damage they do to plants has made them enemies of farmers and gardeners the world over, but from a purely zoological standpoint they are a very successful group of organisms.

About 4,400 species of 10 families are known. Historically, many fewer families were recognized, as most species were included in the family Aphididae. Around 250 species are serious pests for agriculture and forestry as well as an annoyance for gardeners. They vary in length from one to ten millimetres.

Natural enemies include predatory lady beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), hoverfly larvae (Diptera: Syrphidae), parasitic wasps, aphid midge larvae, crab spiders[5] lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae), and entomopathogenic fungi like Lecanicillium lecanii and the Entomophthorales.

Aphids are distributed worldwide, but are most common in temperate zones. Also, in contrast to many taxa, species diversity is much lower in the tropics than in the temperate zones. They can migrate great distances, mainly through passive dispersal by riding on winds. For example, the currant lettuce aphid (Nasonovia ribisnigri Mosley) is believed to have spread from New Zealand to Tasmania in this way. Aphids have also been spread by human transportation of infested plant materials.

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Ciao Durzan. Great macro shot with winner colours contrast. Exciting light for an interesting compo.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-03-24 10:58]

Hi Cirano,
Very good macro, very nice composition!

Hi Durzan
Wonderful macro today!
Great capture of this very little insects!
Colors and details are very good!

Ciao Durzan, great macro of very tiny creatures, amazxing details, wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-24 12:19]

Hello Durzan,
a nice macro, this was really close.
Very good details of this tiny insects.
Nice colours and good POV.Well done.
Best regards Siggi

Yaprak bitlerinden çok güzel bir görüntü almışsın dostum. Bu grupta da partenogenetik (virjin haldeyken üreme) çoğalma var. Renklerin kontrastı ve çerçeve seçimin 1 numara!
Emeğine sağlık dostum.
Bi slven germ...


Güzel bir anı çok güzel bir şekilde çekmişsiniz,
emeğinize sağlık.

Selamlar durzan bey,
hayat döngülerini 30 gün olarak duymuştum,
harika bir çalışma.

Slav Durzan,
a beautiful macro shot, vivid colours and good detail, very well composed.
Best regards

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-26 21:57]

Hi Durzan.
Simply great macro work. You have reproduced these tiny creatures and well as features of the impressive leaf with great details and exactness. Composition of the image is very nice and creative. My compliments and TFS.

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