◊ How do you label a wasp the size of a pin head? See how microdots are used to mark wasp pollinators¹.
Amazing!! All we need now is to figure out away to make teeny-tiny little radio collars to…
…wait a minute, this is being done already!
Ok, ok…but surely no one has strapped on a GPS unit to the little fella’s…right?
◊ Focus stacking is a method of obtaining increased depth of field in situations where it just isn’t possible with a single photograph. Here is one man’s portrait of a tiger beetle. See Fail to Climb’s post: Menacing crab spider with prey, focus-stacked, and read the comments for info. on a free stacking program.
◊ Living with Insects gives a heads up on a recent discovery: A Parasitoidan organism that lives in or on the body of a single host individual, eventually killing that host. Wasp Induces Overwintering Behaviour in Its Spider Host.
◊ Alex Wild has opened a new gallery. This time it’s Mantids: go take a look.
◊ And another insect artist get’s asked, “Why on Earth are you Painting Bees?” I would think it’s for the same reason we photograph them…
◊ And last, the Entomological Society of America has finally released the 2012 wall calendar! They are available on a first-come, first-served basis…
(Ummmm…I haven’t heard anything lately, but do you think contributing photographers will be getting a free copy?)
¹Whitehead, M. R. and Peakall, R. (2011), Microdot technology for individual marking of small arthropods. Agricultural and Forest Entomology. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-9563.2011.00556.x