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Copyright: Jose Ramon Pato (JORAPAVI) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 677 W: 0 N: 629] (4643)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fantastic macros! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-11 3:51
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Dicyrtomina ornata (Nicolet 1842)

Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Eumetazoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Entognatha
Order: Collembola
Suborder: Symphypleona
Family: Dicyrtomidae
Genus: Dicyrtomina
Species: ornata

Springtails (Order Collembola) form the largest of the three orders of modern hexapods (along with the Protura and Diplura) that are no longer considered insects. The three orders are sometimes grouped together in a class called Entognatha because they have internal mouthparts, but they do not appear to be more closely related to one another than to insects, which have external mouthparts. Recent genetic studies suggest that Collembola are a separate evolutionary line from the other Hexapoda [2][3][4].

Members of Collembola are normally less than 6 mm long, have six or fewer abdominal segments and possess an eversible tubular appendage (the collophore) projecting ventrally from the first abdominal segment. Most species have an abdominal, tail-like appendage, the furcula, that is folded beneath the body to be used for jumping when the animal is threatened. It is held under tension by a small structure called the retinaculum and when released, snaps against the substrate, flinging the springtail into the air.

Suborder Arthropleona has an elongated body, while Symphypleona has a globular body.

Springtails are cryptozoa frequently found in leaf litter and other decaying material [5], where they are primarily detritivores, and one of the main biological agents responsible for the creation of soil. In sheer numbers, they are reputed to be one of the most abundant of all macroscopic animals, with estimates of 100,000 individuals per cubic meter of topsoil, essentially everywhere on Earth where soil occurs; only nematodes, crustaceans, and mites are likely to have global populations of similar magnitude, and each of those groups is of a higher taxonomic rank (nematodes are a phylum, crustaceans a subphylum, and mites are a subclass). Most springtails are small and difficult to see by casual observation, but one species, Hypogastrura nivicola (the so-called snow flea), is readily observed on warm winter days when it is active and its dark color contrasts sharply with a background of snow.

Various sources and publications have suggested that some springtails may parasitize humans, but this is entirely inconsistent with their biology, and no such phenomenon has ever been scientifically confirmed, though it has been documented that the scales or hairs from collembolans can cause irritation when rubbed into the flesh [6]. They can sometimes be abundant indoors in damp places such as bathrooms and basements[1], and under such circumstances may be found on one's person, but this is only accidental.

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Hello Jose Ramon,

Excellent shot of this collembola. Great sharpness. Amazing detail (hair, colours, patterns on the abdomen...).
Superb pic!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-11 3:57]

Hi Jose,very impressive details of this little little insect and very interesting note,thanks for share,Luciano

owards below milimetric scale the efficiency of lenses decreases pretty much. Considering this your results are quite successful. Besides you took it in the natural conditions. Well done!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-11 4:14]

Hola José,
vaya macro amigo,
una aproximación bestial,
detalles y nitidez,
excelente nota,

Hi Jose
Great and rare on TN object. Nicely presented image of these small insect. Very interesting educational presentation
Best wishes

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-11 4:45]

Hi Jose,

Excelent photo of this tiny insect. Good DOF so colors of insect's body can be clearly seen. Good composition with the brown background and the yellow spot in the left.

Best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-11 7:33]

Hola José Ramón,
Superb macro of this tiny Springtail with fine sharpness and detail. Excellent use of flash to give good colours without undesirable reflections.
Thanks for sharing this fine contribution to TN,
Saludos cordiales,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-11 8:11]

Hello Jose,
Excellent macro.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-11 8:41]

Hi Jose.
What a crisp sharpness of the main subject of the image. I am sure the insect is tiny. Great DOF and terrific details. Wonderful rich colour palette and very good composition of the shot. Well done and kind regards.

Hola Jose Ramon,
This is a very fine macro with such closeness in perfect sharpness, awesome colour and details in the shot!
the exposure and focus is spot on!
very well done and many thanks for the useful notes
muchas gracias
Saludos su familia

Ciao Jose,
complimenti per questa "super-macro".
Si tratta certamente di una delle foto più nitide che io ho visto fino ad ora di questi microscopici e interessanti insetti, così poco noti alla maggior parte dei macrofotografi.
Grazie per questo interessante contributo.
Cordiali saluti,

Hola José Ramón, un excelente documento de este pequeño artrópodo que ni conocía. Sorprendente la gran y buena ampliación así como los colores. La explicación bastante completa.

Hi Jose, a splendid collembolan insect with lovely details and great sharpness, wonderful light and good colors, very well done.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-11 15:06]

Hola José Ramón:
Impresionante acercamiento a esta diminuta criatura. Los detalles y la luz son excelentes, así como la nota.
Un gran saludo,
José Miguel

Hola Jose Ramon,
impressive macro shot of this Collembola
great sharpness and very nice colours, I like especially lighting and pattern of his body,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-12 0:50]

Hola Jose Ramon,
What an interesting creature! Good details, colors and composition. Gracias

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-12 1:37]

Hi Jose Ramon,
Interesting specie!
Nice details!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-12 1:42]

What a cool little bug!
I've seen many Springtails but none like this!
Superb composition and POV.
Nice colours and great lighting.
Excellent lighting.
Well done Jose Ramon.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-12 2:08]

Hi Jose,
WOW! This is one amazing macro capture! Fantastic work, details and DOF are great!
beautiful light and color,
Thanks for sharing this great pic!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-13 1:07]

Hola Jose,
I will be back with a proper critique.

Hola Jose Ramon!
And this is a real macro! So small object, so mobile (they jump so quickly!!!), and so perfect presented! Bravo, bravo, bavo! Details, shapness and DOF are fantastic! You showed us a very unusual creature from the micro-world!
Best greetings,

Ys José,
this macro really deserves to be listed under "Fantastic macros". I know how small the buggers are but you got it all perfectl here, even the background is well suited. Bravo!
Best regards

I have seen this strange creature for the first time, Jose. Looks like it is small insect with delicate limbs.
Very articulate shot, indeed.
TFS and regards.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-20 8:56]

¡Vaya! Pues para haber tantos colémbolos por metro cuadrado yo nunca me había percatado de ellos. ¡Ni sabía que existían! Sin duda son unos bichillos muy curiosos y diminutos.
Muchísimas gracias por esta foto tan buena y tan bien documentada. Es realmente interesante.
Felicidades y un cordial saludo.

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