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Welcome to another Week on Sunday…
♦ Last year I did a post on the origins of the name of this wee lassie…
Now they’ve made the video…
♦ Smithsonian.com has been inspired by the latest outbreak of Brood II of the 17 year cicadas, which have not walloped East Coast ears since 1996. Go take a look at some of the amazing bug news that has happened since the last emergence!
♦ I don’t think I would be going too far to say that we are in the Golden Age of bug photography. Individuals from around the world are producing amazing photographs - detailed, well designed and sometimes even true works of art. This week I would like to direct you to the work of Colin Hutton, whose fine studio-style work can be seen at Deviant Art and at his website, Colin Hutton Photography. Wow!
♦ Aquatic insects – how to photograph them? Here are two bloggers who have taken the challenge. First check out Dragonfly Woman with her home-made aquatic studio, and then check out Sean McCann who has used a store-bought Betta tank. Dragonfly Woman (aka Chris Goforth) has also featured the aquatic photography of Steve Maxson.
Lots of inspiration here…will I finally take the aquatic bug challenge in 2013? I hope so!
That’s all for this week, have a great Mother’s Day!
In the spring of 2012 my brother gave me a pupal case that he had found while digging in the garden. I had no clue what it would be, but I placed it in a container with some leaves and a damp sponge, and waited. I would check on it occasionally, and the last time I checked it was the day of our departure (10 July) for the family holiday to Newfoundland. A last minute visit to the Nature Study to turn off the computer and feed the wee beasties gave me the chance to take a look at the container and, sure enough, there was a freshly emerged and somewhat disheveled looking moth nestling in the corner of the container. What to do? With a trip to the airport just moments away, I grabbed my camera with flash, a macro lens, some white background material and then rushed to the patio. I set up quickly on the patio table, placed the moth on the white background and took six photographs. Before long it was vibrating its wings like a mad
manbeast, and I knew that I had only moments to take more photos…
Too late! Off it flew into the garden.
Here is one of the better shots, with the trail of yellow goo (there is probably a name for that) it left behind Photshop’ed into nothingness…
The first tentative galleries are up at my Zenfolio site. Go to New Galleries on the menu bar to take a gander, or click on the image below. The galleries will be updated and reorganized/renamed on a regular basis as I add more images from the back-log. Let me know what you think, especially if you encounter problems!
While reviewing and rebuilding Lightroom libraries, I came across this image from 2011: an early-May red-belted bumblebee that stumbled out of a pasque flower. In the picture below she is arching her back and lowering her head, the only defiance she could muster at that moment. She was obviously exhausted so I resuscitated it with some honey-water. She soon recovered and buzzed off.
This is the second running crab spider (Philodromus sp., Philodromidae) I have found in the home this year, a juvenile, and a runner indeed…
Soon after this photograph was taken, the house furnace went on and warm air began to flow from an over-head vent. The little tyke responded by standing on its tippy-toes and then began casting a silken line…
Reviewing earlier images, I came across this Habronattus cuspidatus photo, taken in Dinosaur Provincial Park last year. Perky, ain’t he, with the green legs and golden knees?
Field crickets were a part of my childhood in South Africa, more likely to be found in the home than cockroaches. So seeing them in the terrain of Dinosaur Provincial Park in southern Alberta brought with it some aching nostalgia. There are a lot of fascinating orthopterans in S.A., so it is a bit odd that the humble and ordinary female field cricket should bring back those memories.
This was photographed at the end of the Day in the Life…
(Photographed live in Dinosaur Provincial Park, 30 May, 2012. Canon 5D Mk II, Canon EF 100mm f2.8 macro lens, diffused Sigma EF-530 DG.flash. ISO 100, F16 @ 1/200 sec.)