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LordV



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:24 am    Post subject: Mekon aphid Reply with quote

You'd have to be a Dan Dare fan to understand the title Smile.

Not sure what this was doing on my rear car window but a shot of an aphid that has been parasitised by a wasp- the disc is the wasp's pupal case. Focus stacked using zerene stacker from 5 shots.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, I've seen such discs attached to different creatures.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarkB1 wrote:
Interesting, I've seen such discs attached to different creatures.

Thanks mark Smile
Must admit the first time I saw one of these I thought it was fungus fruiting body under the aphid.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian,

Great to see your excellent work posted here again!

I've never seen a "pupal case" like this before so I found this shot particularly interesting. My first impression was possibly a fungus as well. This "body snatching" is really macabre and fascinating. A couple years back I photographed some where the aphid body is "glued" to the leaf and the insect pupates inside the body... that was the only way I've seen it until this image of yours.


.... oh yes, thanks to the internet (and your reference) I now have some knowledge of old British sci-fi comics Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles Krebs wrote:
Brian,

Great to see your excellent work posted here again!

I've never seen a "pupal case" like this before so I found this shot particularly interesting. My first impression was possibly a fungus as well. This "body snatching" is really macabre and fascinating. A couple years back I photographed some where the aphid body is "glued" to the leaf and the insect pupates inside the body... that was the only way I've seen it until this image of yours.


.... oh yes, thanks to the internet (and your reference) I now have some knowledge of old British sci-fi comics Wink


Thanks Charles for the comments Smile
I've come to the conclusion after 4 years of macrophotography that everything seems to have it in for aphids.

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