Keep that big green stinkbug at arm’s length

...with North Saskatchewan River background.

…with North Saskatchewan River background.

A quick macro photography tip: when your subject is slow and compliant, and when regulations and common sense allow you to pull a branch, side shoot or flower stem from a plant (in your garden, or with weeds…don’t try this with wildflowers in any protected area!), try holding the subject at arm’s length against a distant backdrop, then move it slowly closer to the lens to find focus–you’ll be surprised at the results you get. This true bug, (Chlorochroa sp.) was found on blooming Dogbane, sharing the flowers with a large mite or perhaps a shield bug nymph.

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  1. Ray Cannnon 28 July, 2015 at 4:07 PM #

    What’s that creature inside the flower? Looks like an insect. Stinkbug nymph?

    • Adrian 28 July, 2015 at 4:14 PM #

      Pretty sure that’s a mite–four legs on each side and no sign of wing buds.

  2. Andrea Jackson 2 August, 2015 at 9:04 PM #

    Hey Adrian, that is how I do most of my insect photography. Even with non-compliant subjects! ;>

    • Adrian 2 August, 2015 at 9:07 PM #

      I know! Do you cool the hyper ones?

      • Andrea Jackson 21 August, 2015 at 1:33 AM #

        I do cool some of them. It doesn’t always work though and I have more images of departing bug bums than I can count! Chuckle!

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