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Aphid - The Gardener's Enemy
2nd PlaceAphid - The Gardener's Enemy
SoulMan1978


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Enemies (Basic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100K
Lens: Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha
Date: May 29, 2009
Date Uploaded: Jun 2, 2009

Thanks to you all for your votes and comments. At the time I wrote this (last morning of voting), I might be in with a chance of a ribbon. :-) (ETA: Wooo!)

I have a slight confession regarding this. I did a fair bit of googling and wikipedia-ing between my entering this and voting and I was unfortunately unable to identify what this little creature is. I entered it in good faith thinking, in my limited knowledge, that is was some kind of aphid or greenfly.

Thanks to 21.gif androgeus for his spot-on identification. It appears to be a baby bush cricket or tettigoniidae. These are still considered pests by commercial crop growers, according to wikipedia, so I feel vindicated (well only very slightly) in entering this in the challenge. I apologise to anyone who feels misled.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 56
Avg (all users): 6.4804
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.7742
Avg (non-participants): 6.4277
Views since voting: 5665
Views during voting: 351
Votes: 204
Comments: 23
Favorites: 2 (view)


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06/15/2009 09:21:41 PM
That is one amazing macro!!! Love it!
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06/13/2009 03:03:31 PM
OMG! That is COOL! This is aMAZING macro photography -- most definitely award worthy whether or not he is a true pest of that flower :) Glad to find out he really is tho so you don't have to feel bad.

CONGRATULATIONS!
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06/11/2009 06:06:52 AM
Beautiful - congrats on the second place!
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06/10/2009 06:04:49 PM
I think the baby is cute- great macro !
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06/10/2009 06:00:51 PM
Congratulations!!
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06/10/2009 02:04:45 PM
Nice shot
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06/10/2009 01:13:05 PM
The two contrasting colors of yellow and green really make this an even greater shot. Your detail and the DOF giving emphasis to the cricket and some of the flower is also very nice. The blurred part actually forces you to the proper place of focus. I love it!
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06/10/2009 12:20:33 PM
That's a great macro. Congrats.
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06/10/2009 10:45:37 AM
Such cool patterns. Congrats on your ribbon.
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06/10/2009 07:41:58 AM
Congratulations! Great shot - terrific color!
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06/10/2009 06:42:20 AM
I must say that You nailed it spot on. :-) Nice going.
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06/10/2009 02:56:42 AM
Well done barry brilliant shot.
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06/10/2009 01:21:10 AM
Congrats, Barry! A great capture.
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06/10/2009 12:41:18 AM
Congrats on the red!! Fun isn't it?

Love the bug--he is just fascinating! great shot!
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06/10/2009 12:05:04 AM
how excellent .. congrats on your ribbon for this brilliant shot .. glad you were able to work out wot he was .. i was thinking grasshopper before but really had no idea .. love those colours and his amazing body art .. !!..:)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/08/2009 04:59:50 PM
Nice picture!Nevertheless , this is not an Aphid, this is a baby Bush Cricket.
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06/07/2009 06:31:52 PM
cool aphid great macro and lots of detail 10
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06/07/2009 08:38:47 AM
Stunning detail and colours, I expect this will ribbon.
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06/03/2009 06:02:00 PM
Very pretty! One of the best of the challenge!
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06/03/2009 05:47:56 PM
This is a great shot. Love the detail.
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06/03/2009 05:20:13 PM
It does not relate to explicitly to the challenge but the capture is absolutely awesome :) 8
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06/03/2009 02:12:32 PM
Vibrant picture
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06/03/2009 07:46:07 AM
GREAT picture! What an extremely cool looking bug.
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