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Balmain Bug Larva

Ibacus peronii


Balmain Bug / Butterfly Fan Lobster Phyllosoma Larval Stage


Enclosed Seawater


Finding this amongst thousands of Moonjellyfish (Aurelia aurita) is not so easy

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Chicquita 8 years ago

Thanks, Karen ..... :)

KarenL 8 years ago

Chicquita, as this is the larval stage of a bug, I've moved this to arthropods for you.

animaisfotos 9 years ago

Its never bothering. These are the types of thing I could spend hours enjoying and talking about. <<I'm just not sure if I'm right on that choice>> I just feel that this image is alive and speaks directly to the heart. There can be nothing more subjective then that. Thank you very much for sharing it with the rest of the world through ProjectNoah.

Chicquita 9 years ago

Animaisfotos, you are right, thankyou so much. I have added 2 more pics from my file that probably more descriptive. Sorry to keep bothering you :)

animaisfotos 9 years ago

Let it stay the way you like it the most. Its an amazing record of Nature's most beautiful creatures. "Just don't throw the second pic away" :-). My Favorite. My Precious.

Chicquita 9 years ago

animaisfotos, I am still thinking .... :)

animaisfotos 9 years ago

Lovely anyway. Congrats. I'm also in favor of getting the photo to reflect reality. Although in this case, I consider the second photo a really special one. I Can't be logical about it... It's an Art Work. Thank you.

Chicquita 9 years ago

Animaisfotos, I have changed it around because I thought it should be shown in true color. @Leuba, thankyou ...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

impressive !

Chicquita 9 years ago

Hello Argy Bee, thanks .... :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Fantastic Chiquita

Chicquita 9 years ago

animaisfotos, thankyou ... :)

animaisfotos 9 years ago

The first picture does look like a small treasure. A wonderful spotting. Indeed. Thanks for sharing.

Chicquita 9 years ago

Elsa, Karen and textless, thanks, I saw some more of these, riding on jellies last Friday around the marina.

textless 9 years ago

Great photos!

KarenL 9 years ago

Wonderful first spot!
Welcome to Project Noah Chicquita!

Elsa 9 years ago

Cool shots!!

Chicquita 9 years ago

Sachin, unfortunately I forgot to film it. I must say, it's creepy but fascinating.

Chicquita 9 years ago

This transparent looking bug is the larva of balmain bug. It will shed its feathery legs and becomes a bottom feeder. Have a look at the 4th image.

Lori, it is still far away from eating size, yet :)

Atul, I put this little cutie in my observation tank for photoshoot and then I released it

lori.tas 9 years ago

Great photos. I still can't believe people eat these. ;)

ChunXingWong 9 years ago

There are jellyfish and balmain bug above.
What about that spider-like white animal above?
What is it?

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago


Atul 9 years ago

how did you capture this one ???

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2106, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Sep 17, 2011
Submitted on Nov 22, 2011

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