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Good Morning Campers

Firstly thank you for all your wonderful comments, messages and votes following yesterdays upload. A further mention going to Ade for correctly identifying my little monster.

Todays upload is definitely a Scorpion Fly...

The Scorpion Fly is a strange looking insect which is found in gardens, hedgerows and woodland edges, particularly amongst nettles and Bramble. It has a long beak-like projection from its head that is uses to feed, scavenging on dead insects and frequently stealing the contents of spider's webs. It lives up to its name by sporting a scorpion-like tail, which the male uses in courtship displays. Adults usually mate at night, but mating can be a dangerous game for the male, who might easily be killed by the female. So he presents her with a nuptial gift of a dead insect or a mass of saliva to placate her - the equivalent of a box of chocolates! The resulting eggs are laid in the soil and the emerging larvae live and pupate at the soil surface.

I hope that you have a great day ahead, I shall be chilling out doing as little as possible.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 [Di] Macro 1:1 (172E/272E) Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:17 Jun 2013 - 10:24 AM
Focal Length:90mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Scorpion Fly
Username:NDODS NDODS
Uploaded:11 Jul 2013 - 7:29 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Insects, Scorpion fly, Tail, Wigs
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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 7:34 AM

A very impressive macro capture ~ such wonderful detail.

Albert

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dven
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11 Jul 2013 - 7:40 AM

Stunning detail

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 7:45 AM

fantastic detail Nathan wonderful comp and colours a cracking close up nice one Wink
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84354 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 7:56 AM

A gorgeous male - the details are fantastic!!

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Lillian
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11 Jul 2013 - 8:01 AM

That looks like some tail!! up and ready
a great sharp image Nathan
Lillian

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pollisher
pollisher  2 Scotland
11 Jul 2013 - 8:02 AM

An amazing macro Smile

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
11 Jul 2013 - 8:03 AM

What a wonderful close up! And look at it's tail!!

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 8:09 AM

Well the ID on this ones right Nathan Blush good image, well done mate Wink

Ade

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cats_123
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11 Jul 2013 - 8:23 AM

yummy!!! Grin

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 8:26 AM

The males seem to live dangerously, a bit like the male mantis insects; have never seen one of these, Nathan.
Ronnie.

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Badgerfred
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11 Jul 2013 - 8:33 AM

Super macro Nathan,
Fred.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 8:42 AM

Good close up details Nathan
Regards Richard

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NaturesHaven
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11 Jul 2013 - 8:43 AM

There's a sting in its tail.............GrinGrinGrin

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 8:54 AM

A very interesting write up Nathan, a super image, well capturedSmile


Cliff

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EMJAYCEE
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11 Jul 2013 - 8:55 AM

Superb details.
Joan.

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Caziwinkles
11 Jul 2013 - 8:56 AM

Wow! This is absolutely amazing macro photography Nathan. Love it! Such detail, clarity and great write up too. Smile

Carol

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 9:00 AM

What a fabulous image, Nathan - the detail, composition and depth of field are spot on!
An interesting and informative description, too!
Regards,
Richard

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 9:13 AM

A super sharp and detailed study, Nathan.

Ray

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franken
franken e2 Member 123261 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 9:19 AM

A really impressive macro here Nathan.

regards,

ken.

ps, soon off to my local country park so you never know I may get a few myself although my track record for photographing all things insect is rubbish really! Sad

Last Modified By franken at 11 Jul 2013 - 9:21 AM

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nonur
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11 Jul 2013 - 9:35 AM

Superb macro, thank God, it doesn't sting.

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JohnChambersPhotography

A super sharp capture Nathan really impressive macro here Nathan,

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Brian65
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11 Jul 2013 - 9:40 AM

Great detail sharp as a pin Nathan.
Brian

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rontear
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11 Jul 2013 - 9:54 AM

Does what it says on the box Nathan and very well too !!! Have a great day !!
Ron

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digital_boi
11 Jul 2013 - 9:59 AM

cracker Nathan love the dof and the detail is superb fine work

Graham

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mex
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11 Jul 2013 - 10:02 AM

Very nice work nathan.
cheers phil.

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5279 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 10:49 AM

Great detail and clarity in this fine image Nathan!! Great work!! Have a good day!!

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Growmore
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11 Jul 2013 - 10:52 AM

I know this one because it's so ugly Nathan, but a superb detailed macro work.
Gary

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 11:12 AM

Well romance and scorpion are two words I never thought to see together!
An excellent image Nathan - just keep well away!
KateGrinGrinGrin

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WhiteRose1
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11 Jul 2013 - 11:15 AM

Wonderful clarity on this strange looking insect, Nathan.

Dave

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lonely_oryx
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11 Jul 2013 - 11:30 AM

Excellent detail and DOF

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TonyDy
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11 Jul 2013 - 11:42 AM

Great close-up, Nathan.
Tony

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morpheus1955
11 Jul 2013 - 11:51 AM

WOW what an amazing creature, I have never heard of them let alone seen one,, superb detail and colours, superbly captured and presented

Hugh

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Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
11 Jul 2013 - 12:02 PM

Fantastic detail Nathan, and great write up... love the detail of the "scorpion" tail as well...GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin

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LynneJoyce
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11 Jul 2013 - 12:04 PM

An excellent macro shot and fascinating write up.

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PattiW
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11 Jul 2013 - 12:11 PM

Excellent capture and great explanation of this fearsome little beastie! PattiSmile

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 2:48 PM

In-cred-ible Nathan - what a superb close up and interesting write up of this little beastie. You can see why he got his name with that tail. Stunning.

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CarolG
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11 Jul 2013 - 3:30 PM

An excellent capture, Nathan, full of detail. Carol

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 4:30 PM

Wonderfully sharp close-up, Nathan, and this angle shows off that tail really well! This is a very good study of the scorpion fly.

Andrew

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Bravdo
Bravdo  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 4:35 PM

Excellent macro work. Nathan you have me hooked on this great capture, deserving of the awards.

Barry

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AnneWorner
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11 Jul 2013 - 5:33 PM

A very well detailed macro - nicely captured! A mass of saliva??? Blech!

Anne

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SlowSong
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11 Jul 2013 - 5:46 PM

What a marvellously clear shot, showing this beastie off to the very best effect.
Top work.
x

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 - 5:49 PM

Lovely to see.

Not heard about or seen one of these before.

P.

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brian17302
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11 Jul 2013 - 6:21 PM

Super detailed macro image well captured Nathan
Regards Brian

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Michaela_Solway

Wow, stunning close up on this wierd & wonderful creature...excellent details

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
11 Jul 2013 - 7:42 PM

You surprised me, Nathan! It's a first time, when I see this creature and I've never known of its existence! Thanks!Smile
Regards Valery

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AnnChown
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11 Jul 2013 - 8:19 PM

Top notch Nathan!
Ann

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Franko59
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11 Jul 2013 - 8:44 PM

Awesome work this series and this one in particular!! ,,,,, regards IanSmile

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basith
basith  2 Sri Lanka
11 Jul 2013 - 8:45 PM

Nice macro, excellent detail.
Like more captures from your observation.

Basith

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GeorgePlatis
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11 Jul 2013 - 9:34 PM

Stunning capture!
Geore

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netta1234
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11 Jul 2013 - 9:40 PM

Beautiful detailed close upSmile
NettaSmile

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williamsloan
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11 Jul 2013 - 9:53 PM

a great shot as usual.


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WesternRed
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12 Jul 2013 - 1:47 AM

A beautiful close up of this Scorpion fly with lovely detail. Well done Nathan.
WesternRed.

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jaktis
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12 Jul 2013 - 5:54 AM

This is so great

Peter

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ali63
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12 Jul 2013 - 9:01 AM

A superb capture.

Ali

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Chinga
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12 Jul 2013 - 2:01 PM

Amazing details! Can see why she's called scorpion! Grin
IB

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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 3116 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 5:27 PM

A wicked name for a fly, Nathan, brilliant image, fantastic detail and clarity, awesome work my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile

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tonyng
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13 Jul 2013 - 8:15 PM

Pin sharp Nathan.

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stu8fish
stu8fish  2 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2013 - 4:44 PM

Great macro.Smile

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14 Jul 2013 - 8:12 PM

A tremendous image and interesting narrative to accompany it

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kel55
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16 Jul 2013 - 6:06 PM

Very nice macro shot of unusual insect , never seen one before , kel

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18 Jul 2013 - 10:59 PM

An amazing creature and macro
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