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After a great meal.

After a great meal.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8 ED
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-12 13:43
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Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was thinking no to post this photo, but finally and after all this is a true documentary of Nature.

The majority of insects hatch from eggs. Some species of insects, like the cockroach Blaptica dubia, are ovoviviparous. The eggs of ovoviviparous animals develop entirely inside the female, and then hatch immediately upon being laid. Some other species, such as those in the genus of cockroaches known as Diploptera, are viviparous, and thus gestate inside the mother and are born alive.
Some insects, like parasitic wasps, show polyembryony, where a single fertilized egg divides into many and in some cases thousands of separate embryos.

The different forms of the male and female moth Orgyia recens is an example of sexual dimorphism in insects.Other developmental and reproductive variations include haplodiploidy, polymorphism, paedomorphosis or peramorphosis, sexual dimorphism, parthenogenesis and more rarely hermaphroditism.
In haplodiploidy, which is a type of sex-determination system, the offspring's sex is determined by the number of sets of chromosomes an individual receives. This system is typical in bees and wasps.
Polymorphism is the where a species may have different morphs or forms, as in the oblong winged katydid, which has four different varieties: green, pink, and yellow or tan. Some insects may retain phenotypes that are normally only seen in juveniles; this is called paedomorphosis. In peramorphosis, an opposite sort of phenomenon, insects take on previously unseen traits after they have matured into adults. Many insects display sexual dimorphism, in which males and females have notably different appearances, such as the moth Orgyia recens as an exemplar of sexual dimorphism in insects.

Some insects use parthenogenesis, a process in which the female can reproduce and give birth without having the eggs fertilized by a male. Many aphids undergo a form of parthenogenesis, called cyclical parthenogenesis, in which they alternate between one or many generations of asexual and sexual reproduction.
More rarely, insects display hermaphroditism, in which a given individual has both male and female reproductive organs.

Insect life-histories may show adaptations to withstand cold and dry conditions. Some temperate region insects are capable of activity during winter, while some others may migrate or go into a state of torpor. Still other insects have evolved mechanisms of diapause that allow eggs or pupae to survive these conditions.


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hello luis, great shot, please more from your local fauna and flora, thanks my friend and have a nice week...
best regards

Hola Luis,
Realmente un documental sobre el comportamiento de este insecto hecho en una foto. La cual es muy buena y con un contraste suave y elocuente. Me parece que el POv es bastante apropiado. La nota anexa es muy interesante y ayuda a entender más sobre los insectos y sus huevos, imaginate! algunos son hasta viviparos!... muy interesante.

Saludos / Gracias por compartir, Jesús

Hi Luis,

Excellent sharp details in this lovely macro shot
Beautiful colors
Lovely composed

TFS Thijs

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-12 14:48]

Hi Luis,this is the pic of a day! What a moment and what a quality! I know how are littles these bugs and how isn't easy to have a sharpness like that!Fantastics colors too,always difficult whit these metallics reflections.My greats greats compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hallo Luis
Great to see you back, I for one missed your presence around the site. Sometimes a person has to wait and wait for a photograph to present itself, and sometimes there it just is, and you think, "How lucky that I had my camera with me or how lucky I am because I had been patient!" I do not know if you have been lucky or patient with this image but it is a great shot and not something anybody would see or be able to photograph. Very entertaining! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-13 0:31]

Hi Luis.
Amazing macro shot. Especially I like funny pose of the insect, brilliant details and wonderful soft daylight. I also like precise DOF and pleasant smooth BG. Diagonal composition of the shot and direct POV are very pleasant for look. My best wishes and compliments.

Hi Luis

An excellent post showing ho wthis beetle species lays its eggs. It looks like quite an effort. Excellent composition, sharpness and OOF background.


Hola Luis,
Thats a wonderful sharp and fantastic macro! The natural colours and details are amazing!
Many thanks for sharing it my friend!


Ciao Luis, splendid bug with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, nice action, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-07-13 8:48]

Hello Luis,
Only an experienced and brilliant photographer can capture a momenty like this!!! The poor Beetle looks pretty exhausted! It's a very beautiful Beetle and you show details and colours very well. A lovely soft background and well composed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-13 9:09]
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Hola Sr. Luis,
Una macro fanástica!
Eso es una especies de Chrysomelidae, escarabajos que comen plantas como esta.
Aprés de comer este escarabajo esta excrementendo, (no depositando huevos!).
La calidad y compositión son excelentes y me gusta mucho la postura!
Gracias por compartir amigo,
Un abrazo fraternal,

Hello Luis,
Wonderful capture with very good details and colours.
Great focus.

What strikes one most is that humorous pose, it's workin' hard to get that old bowel a workin' ;-))
I've one shot of a small beetle like this egg depositing, but this rather looks like the aftermath of a "good meal"..
Interesting post Luis, well done my friend!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-07-14 6:50]

Hi Luis
Excellent macro.Good pov and sharp image.Colors and detail are excellent
TFS Michel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-14 16:16]

Hola Primo,

How in the world did you get this shot? You took full advantage of a wonderful moment - I can't imagine why you hesitated to post this. Not only is this exceptionally interesting but it is so well done. The colors and details of this shiny insect are superb and the setting and composition are excellent.


Hola Luis

Una perfecta imagen y momento oportuno. Explicación interesante, estos insectos ovoviviparos son como los peces que tengo en mi acuario, que el huevo eclosiona en el interior del pez.
Muy interesante.

Un saludo de Antonio

Beautiful details and colors Luis!Very expressive image of the beetle, probaly one of the most that I've ever seen(lol). It really looks as though it had a good meal and just wants to relax. Well done Amigo. :)

Hello Luis
very interesting scene taken with excellent sharp details, i love the composition very much, lovely colors and superb luminosity
have a great WE

Impresionante Luis, La pose increible y los colores alucinantes.
Me encantan tus trabajos,,, tienen algo especial.


hello Luis
this is a very good macro shot with great sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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