merops

merops

Lives in Netherlands Netherlands
Works as a Biologist
Joined on Nov 1, 2009

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On Queen Caterpillars in the A To Z - Letter Q challenge (4 comments in total)

Congratulations! Amazing beasts :-)
Kate

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 06:49 UTC as 5th comment
On Parasitic wasp in the Macro - Arthropod(s) challenge (2 comments in total)

This isn't a wasp, it's a fly (and probably not a parasitic one, at that): it only has one pair of wings, and has halteres (diagnostic for flies). You can see the haltere on the near side: it's the little drumstick-like protuberance a bit further back and lower than the wing.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 16:17 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On in a hurry in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Lovely subtle colours :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 22:14 UTC as 2nd comment

Great shot, but would have had even more impact if you'd cropped it tighter (10-15% all round).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 22:11 UTC as 1st comment
On ZOO - Rodent challenge (12 comments in total)

Thanks Lucie :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 22:18 UTC as 1st comment
On ZOO - Rodent challenge (12 comments in total)
In reply to:

Stevie Boy Blue: Merops, I did place a genuine rodent pic in this challenge but decided to withdraw it on the first day of voting pretty much for the reasons outlined in your post below. Furthermore I'd also question whether some entries were actually taken in a 'Zoo'.

Maybe, just maybe, the host has been unable to 'police' their challenge as originally intended (PC or connection problems or, perish the thought, ill-health perhaps?), and it will be a shame if a meerkat, rabbit, otter, mongoose or other non-appropriate species gains more votes than any images that fully comply with the Rodent title.

Time, of course, will reveal an outcome. ;-)

Hi SBB,

I hadn't considered the possibility that the host had been unable to curate their challenge as they wanted - in which case many apologies to them.

However, the host only joined DPReview 5 months ago, and I think it's worth pointing out to them that not doing a little weeding will rapidly lead to a jungle that encourages entrants to ignore the rules, and puts off some of the better entrants and some voters. (I don't vote on challenges like this when it is not clear what the host's intention was, and a substantial proportion of entries appear to fall outside the theme.)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 12:45 UTC
On Anhinga Fails Catch in the Action Sequence Photography challenge (2 comments in total)

For me the title on the photo (and to a lesser extent the copyright notice) really spoil the image. Moreover, they would be very easy to clone out on this photo, so are no protection for you.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 09:38 UTC as 2nd comment
On ZOO - Rodent challenge (12 comments in total)

A few days ago I complained about all the non-rodent entries using the complain button. Yesterday, as nothing had happened I pm'd the host saying it would at least be courteous to put a comment here explaining why the non-rodent entries had not been DQ'd.

I am just wondering what the 2nd place entrant will feel if the 1st place entry is not a rodent. Or what those who refrained from entering a non-rodent would feel?

If members of the order Carnivora such as meerkats, otters, weasels etc are acceptable, are other members of the order Canrnivora such as lions, tigers, etc also eligible for this challenge?

PS I have not entered any photos in this challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 08:52 UTC as 3rd comment
On ZOO - Rodent challenge (12 comments in total)
In reply to:

merops: The following are not rodents (members of the Order Rodentia):
- otters, weasels (family Mustelidae, Order Carnivora)
- meerkats, mongooses (family Herpestidae, Order Carnivora)
- possums (marsupials, Order Driprodontia)
- rabbits, hares (Order Lagomorpha)

No problem. It was an honest mistake - as, I am sure are the majority (if not all) of the other non-rodent entries.

My concern is that the non-rodent entries have not been disqualified, despite my complaints.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 07:41 UTC
On Meerkat from Africa in the ZOO - Rodent challenge (1 comment in total)

Meerkats aren't rodents. They belong to the order Carnivora, not Rodentia

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:57 UTC as 1st comment
On grooming time in the ZOO - Rodent challenge (1 comment in total)

I'm not sure what these are. If they're hyraxes, they are not rodents. They belong to the Order Hyracoidea, not Rodentia

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:56 UTC as 1st comment
On A little gas amongst friends in the ZOO - Rodent challenge (1 comment in total)

These look like htraxes to me. Hyraxes aren't rodents. They belong to the order Hyracoidea, not Rodentia, and their nearest relatives are probably elephants, manatees and dugongs.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:55 UTC as 1st comment
On Bronx Zoo Beaver in the ZOO - Rodent challenge (1 comment in total)

This looks rather otter-like to me. (Otters aren't rodents)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:49 UTC as 1st comment
On ZOO - Rodent challenge (12 comments in total)
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Stevie Boy Blue: You’re right about the rabbits not being rodents. Furthermore, as far as I’m aware, meerkats and otters are non-rodent species too. ;-)

The rodents are nota family, but an Order (ie a higher taxonomic group)
The Glires are not a superclass: mammals are a class, hence a sub-group of mammals cannot be a super-class. The Glires seem sometimes to be regarded as a super-order. In any case Rodentia (rodents) and Lagomorphs (hares and rabbits are separate orders within the Glires.

Rabbits and hares are not rodents.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:46 UTC
On ZOO - Rodent challenge (12 comments in total)

The following are not rodents (members of the Order Rodentia):
- otters, weasels (family Mustelidae, Order Carnivora)
- meerkats, mongooses (family Herpestidae, Order Carnivora)
- possums (marsupials, Order Driprodontia)
- rabbits, hares (Order Lagomorpha)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:41 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
On DSCN0197 in the A To Z - Letter G challenge (2 comments in total)

No title, no explanation of why a G

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 09:00 UTC as 2nd comment
On Alligator with Blue Crab in the Reptiles in My World challenge (7 comments in total)

Great photo. Congratulations!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 17:03 UTC as 1st comment
On Green Anole in the Reptiles in My World challenge (3 comments in total)

Congratulations! This was my favourite photo in the challenge. I wish I had lizards like this (well actually, any sort would do :-) ) in my garden!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 17:03 UTC as 1st comment
On 21st of March International Day of Forrests in the The Month - March challenge (5 comments in total)

This was my favourite photo in this challenge. I work in forests in the spring and you've caught the wonderful way that the light comes through the young leaves. It's also a nice composition. And you had a proper March link, which you explained in the notes. Congratulations on a wonderful entry, and thanks for posting :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 17:00 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Beautiful brdge in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (3 comments in total)

Congratulations. Beautiful photo :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 07:41 UTC as 1st comment
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