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10-31-2017, 10:03 AM - 1 Like   #196
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Increased segmentation of habitat, combined with further development and increased agriculture are habitat loss. It's important to remember that a place where insects feed may not be the place they breed. Buckthorn, for example, can make ephemeral spring ponds toxic for embryos of pretty much any life form. That pond now is no longer habitat, even though it still exists. Similar effects are seen with pesticide and other runoff factors.

Suburban areas may be OK for some bee species, but inhospitable to others. Without host plants many species of insects simply can't reproduce, so invasives are literally killing the insects we grew up with.

This is an important way of thinking about restoration and preservation:
http://prairieecologist.com/2017/10/31/a-hopeful-metaphor-for-prairie-managers/


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and her shadow

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K 3 + HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW

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I spent a good part of this year working on macros. I can no longer handle the 50-500 so it was time to switch gears. These are from the beginning of October.
K-1 and DFA 100 Macro WR












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Two-spot bug in a zoo's insect house.
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Aussie Fly of some sort I think...
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Florida butterflies

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Gulf Fritillary



Gulf Fritillary (underside)



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SWMBO had better do something about those aphid!

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K-3 with D FA 50mm f2.8 Macro



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Can't remember if I asked this already, are we taking Spiders in this thread or...?
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QuoteOriginally posted by BruceBanner Quote
Can't remember if I asked this already, are we taking Spiders in this thread or...?
no, but there is a spider thread for them...
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This about as close as I can get to a true 1:1 macro handheld. Sigma 180 Macro on the K-1 with the AF 540 FGZii flash and Gary Fong Diffuser. Luckily this guy was not moving and I was able to crouch down and brace the K-1.



This is the same butterfly just further away.

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Bush Cocky.



Caught this cocky on my window, never seen the underside in such detail before. My glass/window was filthy, I spent quite a bit of time cleaning up the smudges and dust speckle particles that lit up with the flash.
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