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Formicaleo nostras

Formicaleo nostras
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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, 100mm f/2.8MacroØ58
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-22 4:41
Viewed: 4839
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Myrmeleon formicarius (Linné) are Neuroptera insects, which in an adult state resemble dragonflies. These insects are especially known by their larvae which dig funnels which are frightening traps for the small insects like the ants. These funnels are generally dug in the sandy zones. Their presence is always related to the existence of a sufficiently fine and fluid substrate so that the larvae can dig their famous funnels there. The larva measures surroundings 1 cm. The head is relatively small, punt, and lengthened. It is equipped with very long mandibles and the ends bent in hooks are particularly sharp-edged. These mandibles at the same time make it possible to inject gastric juices, and to reabsorb the whole after liquefaction of fabrics of the victim. Once the latter literally emptied of any substance, the skin is rejected outside the funnel. The larval development requires of 2 years then the larva weaves a silky and spherical cocoon, order of small cm, while incorporating in it of the sand grains. This cocoon(see http://treknature.com/gallery/Europe/France/photo24075.htm ) is generally elaborated a little below the bottom of the funnel. Classically the larva will give a nymph, then an insect known as perfect ( here on the post, the bug is 3 days old), which will emerge during the summer. The laying is carried out with same sand and the blossoming of the young larvae takes place only next spring. Text adapted by ddg according to the entomological pages of Andre Lequet. andré lequet: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/insectes.net/ . When I recovered the larvae of fourmilion, at first sight I thought that it was about the common fourmilion, Myrmeleon formicarius, with the sight of the insect the determination of this species is Parisian Fourmilion or Formicaleo nostras.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-22 5:03]

Hello Didier!
Very nice capture.Colors,details,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-08-22 9:43]

Hi Didier!
Wonderful close up.I liked sharpness,lighting and DOF very much.Thanks for posting.

Nice shot Didier!
The insect is very interesting, just like your note.
Photo is really good, has nice details and colours. BG is busy, but not very distracting.
Overall, superb post.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-23 3:30]

Hi Didier! I do not have the time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smiley.

" The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating.
The paths are not to be found, but made.
And the activity of making them, changes both the maker and their destination. "
(John Schaar)

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

Have a wonderfull day!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-25 3:38]

Hello Didier ! J'aime votre composition pour cet insecte sur la branche en "V". Couleurs agréables sur fond neutre et bonne netteté. La note en français est instructive car je ne connaissais pas ces Névroptères. Compliments et merci.

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