Emmanuel Boitier - Of sun and ascalaphid


Ascalaphids are very photogenic animals. They are also some redoubtable predators who spend their whole days to pursue and to hunt small insects. The more the sun is shining, the more they are active. As soon as a cloud passes, they stand still in the vegetation. I took this image just after the sunrise. The day before, I had spotted numerous of these amazing insects in a providential meadow.

Location: Auvergne, France

Tags: ascalaphid, Emmanuel Boitier, france, insect, linelloides coccajus, owly sulphur, spring, sun, sunrise

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  1. Sandra said:

    15/06/2011 15:12

    love to see one of these beautiful creatures too.
    like the graphic quality of this image.

  2. Knut-Sverre Horn said:

    15/06/2011 18:49

    A tad kitschy, of course, but still a wonderful image, with well balanced composition and the insect rendered in superb detail. I like that the vertical lines are not too clean and clar-cut; the somewhat fuzzy structure of the straws is a nice element.

  3. Sven Zacek said:

    16/06/2011 10:11

    Such photos are always nice. I like the way the sun goes from yellow to orange.

  4. Theo Bosboom said:

    16/06/2011 11:12

    A nice and moody picture of this interesting little animal.

  5. Bruno said:

    21/06/2011 11:13

    I second Theo, very nice picture. I love Ascalaphids, they seem come from another world.

  6. Phil Johnston said:

    18/03/2013 20:23

    Fantastic composition. Love the use of light here.