Some insects are surprisingly cute when photographed up close. Others aren't. Earwigs seem to fall into the latter category.
Archives for: "June 2015"
A very small Eastern American Toad, Anaxyrus americanus.
The fireflies (a.k.a. Lightning Bugs) made their appearance here in SW Michigan in the past week or so. Here is a closeup:
Here in Michigan these beetles are often called "June Bugs" in reference to the time of year when they appear. They can be extremely common - this one was on a bag of water soften salt pellets that I bought last week.
I'm continuing to work on gaining higher magnifications for these macro photos, and realized that I need to use a shorter focal length for higher magnification on manageable extension. I stumbled into a Pentax MC K 24mm f3.5 lens online last week, and snapped it up. It is an old lens (it was only produced from 1975-1977) and has limited compatibility with modern cameras (including all DSLRs and even the later film cameras.) But it has a reputation for outstanding sharpness and resolution...
I noticed this fly on the walk leading towards my house. It was making a loud buzzing noise and furtively thrashing on the ground, unable ot fly (despite the wings going like mad) and seemed to be in its death throws. I put in a plastic film canister and then into the freezer.
A common snipe fly (Rhagio mystaceus) - as suggested by the name, it is a pretty common insect.
A few weeks ago, these Four Lined Plant Bugs (Poecilocapsus lineatus) and their smaller nymphs started munching on a patch of feral spearmint that is growing along the side of my yard. More recently they have taken up on of the Gray Coneflower that is one of the core plants in my little wildflower garden. So, I grabbed a few of them to use for photos:
Another portrait of the Ornate Snipe Fly, Chrysopilus ornatus, made in the same session as the prior image of this fly's eyes.
Aside from its impressive eyes, this Snipe Fly had stiking silver and black bands along its abdomen
I really wanted to get more detail in the eyes, but they seem to just drink up all of the light that shines into them.