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Moira, you mentioned that you’ve never given an UA to a macro insect shot before. I can’t believe you gave it to yesterday’s upload. Thank you SO much. I am one stunned mullet Grin


Now then, people…this here has to be one of THE most beautiful insects I have ever seen.

I was in a carpark today and went to look at a tree with some lovely bark. All cracked and curling and whatnot. When I saw this beaut. Could not…believe…my eyes. I mean, look at the colours!! Sheesh. Pretty big too – about 3.5 to 4cm, I reckon.

I managed to get two shots before it flew off. Neither of them razor sharp ‘cos I couldn’t keep my hands stock still. Probably from the excitement of finding this gorgeous creature.

I’ve tried bringing out some definition and detail but hope I haven’t overdone it. Anyway, the main thing is I get to share this gem of nature with you all.

Don’t know if it’s a fly or a wasp. I’m thinking more along the lines of a wasp. But I don't know too much about insects.

Whatever it is, WOW, am I right?? So pleased to have met it.

A Smile

ADDENDUM: Dave (WhiteRose1) has identified this critter. It is an EMERALD COCKROACH WASP. Ta, Dave SmileSmile

Camera:Canon IXUS 115 HS
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Title:Beautiful Creature
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:17 May 2012 - 4:27 PM
Tags:Blue, Close-up / macro, Colourful, Emerald Cockroach Wasp, Green, Insect, Metallic, Red, Wasp, Wildlife / nature
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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 4:28 PM

The colours are wonderful Andrew - well captured Smile
Helen

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 4:29 PM

Thanks, Helen Smile

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64430 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 4:38 PM

My goodness, ain't nature wonderful! You could wear this little critter as costume jewellery.
Gorgeous shot and good work Andrew.
Chris

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 4:43 PM

Holy canoli! Thank you so much for your UA, Carol!! From the insect lady herself...awesome Grin

xx

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 4:43 PM

Chris, I totally agree about the jewellery SmileSmile

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7431 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1018 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 4:48 PM

I have no idea what he is but he looks like an enamelled brooch!
Moira

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 4:53 PM

Yes! I was thinking brooch too when Chris mentioned jewellery Grin

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41046 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 4:58 PM

An emerald cockroach wasp, Andrew. And a beautiful specimen too.

Dave

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 4:59 PM

Whatever the I.D. its iridescent colours are wonderful!
Regards
Bill

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 5:05 PM

Wow...THANKS, DAVE. Top man SmileSmile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 5:05 PM

They are, aren't they, Bill??

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 5:06 PM

gorgeous colours, i can see why you fell under its spell. youve got cracking detail too. congrats on the UA.lesley x

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 5:11 PM

Thanks, Ccat Smile Really beautiful colours, ya?? This was taken at churchside this afternoon Smile

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UrbaneMagick
17 May 2012 - 5:20 PM

Thats an absolute stunner................. love it Smile

OOooh by the way...I live in Dorset..here's what happens if you eat a Dorst Naga chilli..officially the hottest chilli in the world!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR7jvw9W-TQ

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 5:23 PM

Dave beat me to it, but I've only just come on Wink You need to see a micro close up of the head, even more special. Great find and well manipulated/shot!

Ade

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Hop-A-Long
17 May 2012 - 5:26 PM

The colours are superb. Good image.

Andy

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 5:29 PM

No way!! Thanks so much for your UA, Ccat. 'Tis an honour SmileSmile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 5:37 PM

Gareth, I'd never heard of the Dorset Naga! I just saw the vid and it looks EXACTLY like the two my mum acquired recently. That guy in the vid is some hardcore chilli eater. He popped the whole thing in this mouth! And he's not sweating, he's not sucking in air to cool the tongue and he's not red-faced...respect Smile I reckon I'd be on the floor unconscious in 2 minutes if I did that...lol Grin

On the other hand, he test tastes chillies, so he must have a very strong constitution.

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franken
franken e2 Member 123124 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 5:39 PM

Another impressive macro Andrew.

Ken

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 5:41 PM

He is gorgeous! Love all his shiny colors! Sharp as a pin and well separated for its bg!

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UrbaneMagick
17 May 2012 - 5:57 PM

Hi again...............if you google dorset naga..the growers have their own site...you can buy seeds , plants or the fruit directly from them..but the fruit isn;t available til August( £2 each).

Look forward to your reply come the time you taste one.

i think I'm going to buy some just to catch people out with Tongue

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 6:06 PM

I'm gonna plant the seeds and it will be interesting if it takes off and blooms and fruits! If it does, I will try a TINY piece of the fruit first Grin

Thanks for the info on the growers, by the way!

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 6:07 PM

I love those colours, and what long antenna it has.
Excellent find Andrew and beautifully captured and well deserved UA.
You're right about bird chillies being the best. I birds are clever and always chose the best food to eat!
regards
Yung

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 6:13 PM

Holy cow! This is unbelieveable...lol...thank you so much for your wonderful UA, Yung Smile

Yeah...bird chillies are awesome. I've always called 'em "chilli padi" (the Malay name for them - or technically 'cili padi' but pronounced the same) and only much later did I find out they're called bird chillies.

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barbarahirst
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17 May 2012 - 6:19 PM

My humble star for you... this really is special

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 6:30 PM

Am I dreaming? I mean...seriously...FOUR UAs?! Thank you sooo much, Barbara. What...a...treat.

Smile

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 6:50 PM

hey well done on your collection of UA'S Grin Grin Grin

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Fefe
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17 May 2012 - 6:50 PM

Wow what an amazing metallic creatureGrinGrin
Lovely!
Diane

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mikbee
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17 May 2012 - 6:59 PM

Calm down Andrew and stop getting so excited here !!
It is not like you saw Cheryl Cole walking out of her shower or anything like that,is it ?
Good shot,and a pity you never caught it and sent it too me.
I could have put it in Cheryl's shower when I see her tonight !!
Mick.

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KarenFB
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17 May 2012 - 7:02 PM

Absolutely beautiful - the colours are amazing!

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 7:09 PM

Thanks, Karen Smile And thanks everyone!

Mick, I've seen Cheryl Cole just out the shower. But she didn't have any of these colours on her. So out she went...*boot*. Although maybe the bodypaint washed off in the shower. Hmm. Bah...shouldn't have been so hasty...

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gingerdelight
17 May 2012 - 7:31 PM

Cheryl Cole or not, you couldn't get more beautiful than this! What a stunning insect and what a stunning capture too! Well done on all those awards Andrew - do we have to pay to talk to you now?? WinkWink
Carol

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8768 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1596 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 7:46 PM

A real beauty, Andrew, and well done with the UAs. I am so glad this one has been identified because I spent ages trying to identify your last one.....and gave upTongue!

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4591 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom62 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 7:59 PM

Wow !!!.....great shot !!.....superb quality, & what a colourful little fella !!!!

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bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
17 May 2012 - 8:33 PM

wow, wahat am amazing creature, beautifully captured
bun Smile

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 8:36 PM

fantastic colours andrew brilliant detail a huge congratulations on the awards a stunner top shot Wink
andy

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 9:34 PM

This is fantastic it has the WOW factor for me - love the colours and textures - c risp and sharp - well spotted and captured - Elizabeth

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2012 - 6:14 AM

What a stunner and what a great macro shot. You have some great craftsman over there. In your place I'd be taking this to a jeweller and asking said jeweller to make a line of jewels based on this.

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Lillian
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18 May 2012 - 3:06 PM

That is outstanding Andrew..what colours
and well done on the awards very deserving
Lillian

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JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2012 - 5:15 AM

Certainly unusual and extremely colourful Andrew, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder I guess, afraid I'm not into considering any insect beautiful, well I'll except butterflies from that remark, as to clarity, if this was taken with shaking hands, you should take all of your shots that way! Wink
Rgds., JIm

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oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2012 - 10:38 AM

What an amazing creature Andrew - I was horrified when I read just how huge it is... I agree about the bark too!

Mike

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19 May 2012 - 1:19 PM

What a wonderful find Andrew, those beautiful irridescent colours are amazing. This one trumps anything that the Big O has found this year so deserves my user award!Tongue

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RobinF
RobinF  883 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2012 - 6:44 PM

Andrew!!! This is a shot to die for!! Good Grief!! Only just caught up with this...wow!.....okay you may think I am possibly overdoing the enthusiasm - but it is sincere my man.

kind regards,

Robin

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2012 - 6:50 PM

Oh man...this is amazing. Ed, thank you SO much for your UA. Means so much coming from you! And I'm sure the Big O's gonna be frowning at what you said but guess what...I don't care!...LOL Grin

Robin...thank yooo SmileSmile And no, I don't think you're overdoing anything. That is EXACTLY how I sound (and you know this...lol) when I see a pic I really love. So it is an honour to get a comment like yours Grin

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 12:17 PM

an amzing creature indeed . made of jewels I think, or enamel?
Congrats for all those award, well done!

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