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I have written a lot on macro photography on this blog. The insects, bugs and spiders have not been as present as I would have liked this spring.
However, the other day walking in a reserve something caught my eye. It was about 18mm long. I had no idea what it was, and as usual I had the wrong gear! I took the shot with a very long lens. Then I sent a version to Bugguide.net for identification.
This is a nymph, an immature example of Zelus luridus (an Assassin Bug). Given their size they go after smaller creatures like aphids.
In short this is the process, stumble upon the bug, insect, spider etc., seek expert guidance, learn.
Seriously, this is one odd bug and now part of my collection.
Macro photography of insects has opened my eyes to a new world that never ceases to amaze.