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This alien creature landed on my terrace on 30th, July, 2008, and seemingly enjoyed my taking about 25 pictures of it immensely. I hope you will like him/her just as well as I did. I have now been told by a member of this community that this creature is likely to be classifiable as a lacewing. This might solve the mystery.

Camera:Olympus SP-550 UZ
Lens:Factory-made, unchanged
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:An alien on my terrace
Username:daniello32 daniello32
Uploaded:21 Sep 2008 - 4:12 PM
Tags:Animal, Animals, Close-up, Close-up / macro, Color, Colors, Colour, Colours, Dragon, Dragonflies, Dragonfly, General, Insects, Macro, Nature, Wildlife / nature
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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2008 - 4:23 PM

looks like some sort of mantid, i've never seen an insect like this, well captured, i will keep checking back to see if anyone can identifie it Smile
ian

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Crashingocean
21 Sep 2008 - 4:24 PM

Crike!! what on earth ( if it is an earth creature ) is that. Graet detail.

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daniello32
21 Sep 2008 - 4:26 PM

Dear Imander:
Thanks a lot for your comment. I think it is a species of dragonfly but I am not an expert.
Have a great Sunday!
Daniel

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daniello32
21 Sep 2008 - 4:30 PM

Thanks very much, Crashingocean! I will upload several more macros in the coming days, and I hope those will be no less interesting.
Daniel

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BURNSIE
BURNSIE e2 Member 525 forum postsBURNSIE vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2008 - 4:34 PM

Great close up shot. Burnsie

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daniello32
21 Sep 2008 - 4:36 PM

Thanks a lot for your kind appreciation, Burnsie!
Daniel

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2008 - 4:48 PM

Excellent macro, what an interesting beastie.
John

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daniello32
21 Sep 2008 - 4:50 PM

Many thanks, John!
Daniel

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Tony_B
Tony_B  6 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2008 - 4:55 PM

Cracking shot, such detail, well done

Tony B

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54231 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2008 - 5:09 PM

WOW. Unreal. Brilliant macro. So much detail, and it looks transparent.
Chris

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daniello32
21 Sep 2008 - 5:11 PM

I am moved by such an array of positive comments so soon after I uploaded this picture. John, Tony, Chris and everybody else, thank you VERY MUCH!
Daniel

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lesgoodey
lesgoodey e2 Member 8lesgoodey vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2008 - 5:48 PM

What on earth is that? what country did it come from?
Great close up.

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daniello32
21 Sep 2008 - 5:59 PM

Dear Lesgoodey:
I have no idea exactly what this creature is called but it paid a visit to me on 30th, July, 2008. I live in Budapest, Hungary, on the hilly side of the city, and this creature landed on the vertical matrac of the swinging bed on my large terrace around 10 p.m. in the evening. It stayed for about 15 minutes, during which there was a spell of about 2 minutes when it rested at the same place. That allowed me to take about 25 shots with flash. 5 or 6 of these are sharp and useful, I cropped the current picture from one of these. I am extremeky glad about all the positive comments I am receiving, and will upload further macros in the coming days and weeks, which will hopefully be received with the same degree of interest and enthusiasm.
Kind regards:
Daniel

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jason_e
jason_e  9 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2008 - 6:52 PM

great shot and very well captured.
Jason

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84255 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2008 - 7:58 PM

An amazing creature! I'm looking forward to seeing more of it!! Smile

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daniello32
21 Sep 2008 - 8:07 PM

Thanks ever so much, dear Karen and Jason!!!
Daniel

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discreetphoton
discreetphoton Site Moderator 93447 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2008 - 8:55 PM

Looks like a lacewing to me.

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mars
mars  6 England
27 Sep 2008 - 8:00 AM

Just spotted this.....what incredible detail you have captured!

M

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daniello32
27 Sep 2008 - 8:08 AM

Thanks so much for your compliments, Mars!
Daniel

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
2 Oct 2008 - 6:50 AM

Great shot and nice details.
Iam pretty sure this is an Antlion...i think they are called.
Robert

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daniello32
2 Oct 2008 - 6:51 AM

Thanks very much for your compliments, Robert, and for identifying this creature for me!
Daniel

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