What to Wear to the Macro Party

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You get some interesting questions and comments when you blog

Where did you find this, how did you do that, I want to take a shot of that, be careful of this or that.

I appreciate the comments and questions and try to respond to them directly, but one stood out and deserves a longer response, if only for the humor of it all.

Suffering from arachnophobia or more properly entomophobia all of my life it may seem strange to now be taking macro shots of some nasty little critters.  Having it explained to me why most critters might not bite me or how, I might, avoid being bitten has abated my fears. This sage advice was don’t bug them and let them go about their business.

For me what works is wearing a big floppy hat, rain pants, gaiters, long sleeves and to a very small degree deet. I even have, but have not used, a mosquito shield in the form of a hat. Deet, it should be notes dissolves the plastic of your camera so you have to be very careful with it.

Thankfully no picture can fully capture this extreme costume along with my macro rig. On the other hand this description of the precautions I take responds to one of my readers who suggested I add a caution about deer ticks. Deer ticks are only one of the things you need to worry about, there are a ton of potential nasty’s out there from stings to Poison Ivy. But like most things, while the odds are in your favor; exercising caution is a good thing, take it from an “expert”.

The ambush bug above (a true bug) gives a nasty injection, I am told its harmless but I do not intend to get anywhere near enough to find out!

7 responses

  1. Gross! I thought it was a cool yellow flower until I read your post!

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    March 22, 2013 at 8:07 am

    • They are predators of much larger insects. They are about 8mm in size and hide in bushes like Goldenrod. You would be hard pressed to find them without knowing where to look.

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      March 22, 2013 at 8:10 am

  2. Wow, that is so cool!!! I too thought it was a yellow flower until I read this !

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    March 22, 2013 at 8:41 am

  3. lovely

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    March 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

  4. Hehehe, I can relate! Sometimes I get so into a macro shot that a sudden movement from the insect or another bug flying through will scare the daylights out of me! That is when I’m really glad no one is watching 😉

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    March 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

  5. Funny you should mention being an entomophobe, Victor. I stepped on a nest when I was 5 years old and was terrified by bees and wasps until I began “rehabilitating” myself (it started by saving a wasp from the confines of my dorm room window about 15 or 20 years later. Only have one sting in the past few, and it wasn’t too bad. I squished a sweat bee I didn’t realize was on my side. It let me know it was there!

    Just to add, bugs really want to run away rather than attack. If they or their homes/young are threatened they will, but they really don’t want to pick fights with giants (pretty smart I think).

    Also thanks for the tip on DEET. I usually never use the bug spray, but I’ve been reconsidering lately. Typically it’s long pants and long sleeves for me, even in the middle of summer. Keeps me mostly bite free, but the hands can get it pretty bad sometimes.

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    March 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

  6. great pic!

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    March 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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