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: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
: Animals
: 2006-08
: Insects
: Canon Powershot S2-IS
: 2006-10-08 17:14
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Little candy from one of gall insects.

Galls or plant galls are proliferations and modifications of plant cells and can be caused by various parasites, from fungi and bacteria, to insects and mites. Galls are often very organised structures and because of this, the cause of the gall can often be determined without the actual agent being identified. This applies particularly to some insect and mite galls.

Insect galls develop under the influence of gall-inducing insects. Insect galls are usually induced by the chemicals injected by the larvae or the adults in the plants, either including mechanical damage or not. After the galls are formed, the larvae develop inside until fully grown, at which time they leave, sometimes as adults. In order to form galls, the insects must seize the time when plant cell division occurs at a high speed, the growing season, usually spring in temperate climates, but which can be extended in tropical latitudes. Also, the specific places where plant cell division occurs are needed to induce galls, that is, the meristems. Although insect galls can be found on a variety of parts of the plant, such as the leaves, stalks, branches, buds, roots or even flowers and fruits, gall-inducing insects are usually species-specific and sometimes tissue-specific on the plants they gall. Exceptions to this rule induce galls on plants similar to each other, frequently within genera or family.

Gall-inducing insects include gall wasps, gall midges, aphids, and psyllids.

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To manyee: Sizered45 1 10-09 02:19

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Hi Greg, love this image. You captured this perfectly, composition is excellent and your DOF covers the depth of the sphere. Most unusual with its colour and texture. Well done.

An absolutely beautiful capture of this natural sphere.
I've never seen anything like it! The colours are just incredible and the dof is perfect.
A fine piece of work, thank you for posting.

Hello Grzegorz
Interesting notes about this type of gall. Nice macro, detail, colours and lighting are great. I love the unique pattern of the gall and the bumps which you captured so nicely.
TFS Janice

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2006-10-08 18:57]

buena maco y original detalle saludos Grzegorz,

Hello Greg,
Very interesting, curious and new for me.
Excellent documental photo. Good composition, colours and focus.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-08 20:34]

Fajny galas :-) Dobra kompozycja, POV i swiatlo.
Nic dodac, nic ujac :-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-10-08 20:45]

Grzegorz, this picture is really very beautiful.

I do enjoy colors a lot. Exposure, sharpness and saturation are great too. Besides, an unusual subject.

Hi Greg,
Very cool! Perfectly captured here. The colors ,detail, and patterns of this Gall look great.Very educational! Thanks

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-08 22:40]

Are you sure it's not a ball of yours Greg?
This is a very interesting phenomena, and a new thing for me. I've never seen anything like it! I like the patterns and colours, thank you,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-08 23:04]
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What an interesting and colorful gall, Grzegorz.
Thanks for the informative note.
I learned something from you today. : )
About how big would you say this gall is?
Very sharp details and great light. Fantastic POV and DOF.
TFS. : )

Czesc Grzegorz
Piekne zdjecie. To galas Cynips longiventris (Green Velvet Bud Gall Vasp) Rodzina Cynipidae Nie moge znalez teraz polskiej nazwy :-)

Hi Greg

This looks like a new planet. Excellent formation with 'out of this world' colours. A very interesting note. Thanks my friend. Top quality shot!

Hello greg !
What a strang thing, I have never seen it before ! The colors and textures on this ball are splendid. Perfect DOF, as the whole ball is in focus, wonderful composition and POV, and a very instructive note. very well done !

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2006-10-09 10:59]

Superb close-up of this gall - it really looks like a candy. Very nice simple composition and beautiful light. Interesting note!
TFS, Ulla

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-09 13:28]

Hello Grzegorz... very interesting presentaction.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, sharpness, focus, color, framing, background, lighting (and shade), notes.

I don't like it: the lack of the values of the image

Congratulations and regards... Ricardo

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-09 13:28]

Hello Greg,
Wonderful capture and informative note.Lighting,3D effect,colors,sharpness and details are excellent.
TFS mf...:-)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-10 15:03]

Hi Grzegorz.
A beautiful gall. I find your note quite interesting and this another example of Nature biochemical art.
TFS, Jos M.

It looks like a planet to me. I will keep it on my favs.
I really like this shot, I find it a very interesting capture, with a instructive note. I miss the size, I was wondering with Cristina how big this thing is :)
Great capture, MF.

Hi Greg!
What a perfect example of gall formation! It looks beautiful and yummy like a candy alright. Your note explains the process of its formation in precise detail.
Wonderful capture -- sharp, clear and colourful.
TN really turns into a goldmine of information through images such as this one.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-10-16 6:08]
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Very interesting, I didn't know anything about this... Great focus, sharpness and details presented with a beautiful artistic composition. Well done Grzegorz and TFS.

Hey, this is a really cool one Greg.
Love the colours and patterns of this wee 'planet'
Excellent shot!

Greg, you are such an analyst, I swear. You are the embodiement of perseverence in analysing natures form fom the most grandeur of thundebolts to the bizaredom of uni-cell entities, nevertheless all magnificent! My hat is off to you, dear ol' chap!

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