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paul



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:51 pm    Post subject: spittlebug nymph Reply with quote



Here is a sequence from my recent preoccupation with spittlebugs.
This one is the next size up from my "Bubble Bath" specimen, about 3mm or less. It obliged by demonstrating the process: walking around on the leaf, it found a place to build its hiding place. In the first image you can see the juice running down from the rear end; then bubbles are produced with vigorous beats of the abdomen, 1 bubble per beat, at 1-2 beats per second.

Dynax 7D @ ISO 200
100-300mm (@100) + 50mm reversed + extension
F32
1/80 sec
flash
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rjlittlefield
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent pictures and a great description of a fascinating process! I have never seen this before -- thanks for posting!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful shots Paul. Pictures are worth a 1000 words.
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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are some beautiful shots Paul, very clean and detailed. Some interesting facts you brought up there too. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are beautiful. What a nice color and the clarity is outstanding.
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salden



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats Paul on the Administrator's Selection. Beautiful images and most deserving of the selection
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Mike B in OKlahoma



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't it be simpler for the little guy to just buy a Waring blender? :-)

Well done, Paul!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks heaps for the honour, I am very happy about this. It is great to be able to participate in this community, lots of stimulation, a crossroads of ideas and shared knowledge. Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are some great images Paul and they look equally as great on the front page. Thank you for your participation and congratulations! Applause
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