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Scorpion fly

Scorpion fly
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Copyright: Tom and Martina Trnka Dobis (DOBIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1, Hama Close-up +4
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/220 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-06-07 3:34
Viewed: 4137
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 22
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If you can help me to identify this kind of beauty mosquito with very nice coloured wings.
I made this picture on the greenfield near Prague.

Thanks for looking.
In the workshop...another view

Scorpion fly male
Panorpa communis
Family - Panorpidae

Mecoptera (from the Greek: meco- = "long", ptera- = "wings") are an order of insects with about 600 species worldwide. Mecoptera are sometimes called scorpionflies after their largest non-flea family, Panorpidae, in which the males have enlarged genitals that look similar to the stinger of a scorpion. The Bittacidae, or hangingflies, are a prominent family of elongate insects known for their elaborate mating rituals, in which females choose mates based on the quality of gift prey offered by various males.

Recent DNA evidence indicates that fleas, which are traditionally considered to be also of order level as the order Siphonaptera, are instead highly specialized Mecoptera. There is some morphological evidence for the grouping of Siphonaptera and Mecoptera Boreidae. Two synapomorphies are the production of resilin, a very flexible and springy type of cuticle, and a reversion to panoistic ovarioles. Grouped together with the fleas, Mecoptera would have about 3000 species.


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-07 3:59]
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Hello Tomas,
A good capture of what is a male Scorpion Fly.
A good POV,great colours and detail.
great shot.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-07 4:14]
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Nice shot for this Scorpion fly male - Panorpa communis - Family Panorpidae.
Beautiful composition and colors. On my screen it seems a bit dark...
Congratulations Tomas.

Hi Tomas,
a nice picture of a Scorpio fly, male, the female has not the hook in the end of the tail.
It's a bit dark and my suggestion, check the levels.
Well composed, good POV and details.
Well done.

Hi Tom and Martina,
I love your scorpion-fly, they are so amazing with the tail like a scorpion. Also good sharpness and a good POV. Very well done, thanks for sharing it with us, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2006-06-08 13:48]

great shot beautiful image....

well done... :))

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-08 15:54]

Beautiful composition, great green tones and excellent diagonal. Very sharp and crisp detailas on the insect.

T & M,

Great composition, POV, DOF, BG and sharpness, showing a lot of detail of your choice of an interesting subject. TFS,

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-06-09 18:28]

hello Tom and Martina,
What a great colors and details . Really impressive effect. your frame is great to. TFS Donald

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-10 12:17]

Hi Tom and Martina,

I like it, very good shot.
Composition, colors, details, POV and framing are excellent.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

Wow! Tomas, this is an exceptional shot! I like it very very much! So clear and crisp details, focusing just perfect! pov is great and bg is stunning! Another amazing point is the lighting! Light dark lighting looks incridible and made the composition gloomy! Besides the species you captured is so beautiful and different! Again wow wow! my friend, this is a professional shot! and it must jump to my favourites! Congratulations and best regards!
Keep it up please! ;-)

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-12 19:44]
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Hi Tom and Martina.
Magnific macro, wonderful deep colors and greeen tones, excellent details, very nice composition and point of view,is a great capture, complete note.


pd. Yes, thank you,I look your gret workshop to my last photo (ramphastos sulfuratus), do you look my recent photo? ara militaris? some tips or workshop?

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