Lamellate flabellate


After saying “lamellate flabellate” a few times, one feels as if [insert deity of choice] is in his heaven and all is well with the world. In fact, it would seem almost pointless to continue writing this blog post, except for the fact that many of you still don’t have a clue what I am talking about. It may well be that this sinus-clogging cold is applying pressure to the brain, and that I am a short step from losing my wits. I mean, after my last (may I say “under-appreciated”?) post that connected fantasy, bugs and macro photography; who would still think there is even a glimmer of hope? For my wits, I mean…

That last post preceded our family vacation to Ireland. I wanted to leave something behind that was unusual and that would fill the space of three weeks absence.  Three weeks of landscape and ruins, liberally sprinkled with rain, sheep and rocks. Three weeks without regular internet access: no blogging, Face-booking or Tweettering. Three weeks of consuming various varieties of stout, potatoes and cabbage. Three weeks of driving on the wrong side of the road, on winding two-way lanes as narrow as one car, where 100 kph vehicles somehow manage to pass each other with only inches to spare and where you judge your distance from the road-edge by the sound of vegetation (but sometimes rocks or sheep) whipping the side of your car…

where was I?

Oh, yes…Lamellate flabellate! (see, it works better than “supercalifragilisticwhatsit“!)

Lamellate means to be arranged in flattened plates, and flabellate means to be fan-shaped. In entomology it refers to insect antennae, where each antenna is shaped like a club (clavate), and the clubby-end bit is shaped like a fan. (Correct me if I am wrong) In cockchafers, the females have six lamella and the males have seven. I am almost cross-eyed right now, so I’ll leave you to count ’em.

I did not anticipate doing a lot of insect photography Ireland, but I was prepared with a basic kit using the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens, the Canon Speedlite 270EX II with flash cord and diffuser, and an extension tube and the handy-dandy Raynox 250. I used all of the preceding, plus the Canon T2i camera for this shot. For some reason (as yet undetermined), this photo was taken at ISO 800, with a shutter speed of 1/160 sec @ f16. For this seemingly miraculous exposure, I am guessing that the flash was at 1/8 power.

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  1. Peter van Rens 26 May, 2014 at 5:01 PM #

    Great story. Glad I stopped by and will do so again.

  2. Gary Anweiler 26 May, 2014 at 5:29 PM #

    Nice to have you back, lanellately flabelattely or not…

    • Adrian 27 May, 2014 at 1:09 PM #

      Thanks Gary and Peter, it’s nice to be back. Looking forward to getting out in the field again.

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