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Old Jul 19, 2010, 3:43 PM   #11
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Aphids are a more diverse group than many realize, with many odd forms such as these, which apparently belong to a group known as "wooly aphids," which secrete wax that prevents them from drying out in the wind and makes them unappealing to some predators. I see that here in North America there is a Wooly Apple Aphid which fortunately hasn't found the apple tree in my backyard yet!

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Yes Martin, I'm sure that as far as graphics & photography go a much higher proportion of users have Macs than there are mainstream general use Mac owners !
Compared with Windows users, that is probably true, as graphics professionals have been using Macs as long as there have been Macs (If I remember correctly, Photoshop was originally developed for the Mac, before it was ported over to Windows). Indeed, the principal users of the high end desktop, the Mac Pro, are graphics professionals.
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Old Jul 19, 2010, 3:46 PM   #12
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Great shot, don't think this is an aphid. At least not one I've ever seen, my first guess is a treehopper with a parasite. But thats but a guess.
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Amazing shot - does not look a lot like our wooly aphids, but does bear some "family resemblance."

PS - I have tried to use your Auto HDR on my mac (using Darwine). It says it requires the NET framework, which I have not been able to install successfully under Darwine...
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Old Jul 20, 2010, 3:19 PM   #14
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Penolta - thank you for your comments, a weird and wonderful insect for sure.

Thanks Ronny - to be honest I think it is a Wooly Aphid. Take a look at that link to the Vietnamese Wooly Aphid (and actually when you get there, one frame back is better).

Thank you Mole ! I actually use HDRtist - a free program for the Mac.
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http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/2292149

This creature also moved unlike any aphid I've seen before ... it would fairly scurry from one side of the leaf to the other when I used a blade of grass to 'coax' it to pose in the direction I wanted !

Kevin, You'd walk funny too if you looked like that!
Great photo, BTW. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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I actually use HDRtist - a free program for the Mac.
What a neat program! Thanks for the heads up.
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