Insects

Lenses (Two Photographs)

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The locust borer is a wonderful creature. This photo was taken at 500mm with the Nikon 200-500mm lens, my “go to” nature lens. The second photo of the net-winged beetles mating was taken with a dedicated macro kit (105mm lens, extension tubes and flash). The latter gear is arguably harder to use, more prone to user error, and more expensive than the former. Times change and the gear you use changes with experience and new opportunity.


A Grasshopper

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It was a bad year for grasshoppers and a lot of other animals. In places where I might have seen hordes of hoppers I saw but a few. It’s a sad thing to know how much trouble our environment is in.


A Plant Bug and Contrast (Two Photographs)

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Sometimes colour matters, but where we can be creative black and white has its place. Here I have produced a slightly oversaturated shot and used that as a basis for a black and white, a more arty approach to a common bug.

 


Mayflies (Two Photographs)

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Insects are amazing, and mayflies with their unusual life cycle are especially so. Here you see two of them in their final days, unable to eat, looking to mate. Previously they lived underwater and it’s amazing to see them emerge in a sort of reverse rain out of the lake or pond. But all that aside they make for great photographs.


Wasp and All That (Two Photographs)

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Most of us hate wasps in the city, particularly in the fall when the colonies are collapsing and they are desperately trying to find nourishment on their own. In the wild it’s a different story. They don’t follow you like they do in the city, or hang around garbage bins. They just soldier on.


Cabbage White (Two Photographs)

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This is an interesting problem in nature photography. The wings of the butterfly are clearly white, but as you can see in one of the photos they easily take on the colour of their environment. You would think a bit of white balance adjustment or colour cast adjustment would work. If it did it would not be true to the scene as it was, where only the wings took on a bit of the surrounding colour.


Fragility (Two Photographs)

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Insects are generally fragile creatures. Butterflies especially so. As they age their wings fray, they get attacked etc. They fly fast and high and yet they are vulnerable. Most photographs of butterflies are taken from a distance and their fragility is sometimes only clear up close. This mourning cloak is close to its prime with little damage to its wings.