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Eastern Lubber grasshopper, the standard insect to dissect in basic biology to learn insect anatomy. Three sheets of glass here: 1) the display window, 2) the front glass of the grasshopper's container; 3) the rear glass of the container. I decided the image did not justify the kind of effort Bruce put in to clean up the background on the cockroach.

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I have 3 birdbaths in the garden, a couple of years ago I was playing with the macro end of my Tamron SP 60-300 and noticed this "Fly"? floating in one. It is either a transparent insect or the colour has leached out of it. Cropped.
Also a couple of days later I rescued a Ladybird from a birdbath, here it is drying off. Gave me a nice feeling to save it. Would not really have thought about doing anything for a Cockroach that was drowning so I am not all heart.
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Robber Fly.

As seen on my clothesline this morning. I actually really like these guys, so photogenic and model perfectly for the camera, epitome of an Aussie insect, relaxed and not in a hurry.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Skodadriver Quote
I have 3 birdbaths in the garden, a couple of years ago I was playing with the macro end of my Tamron SP 60-300 and noticed this "Fly"? floating in one. It is either a transparent insect or the colour has leached out of it. Cropped.
Also a couple of days later I rescued a Ladybird from a birdbath, here it is drying off. Gave me a nice feeling to save it. Would not really have thought about doing anything for a Cockroach that was drowning so I am not all heart.

The birdbath also has some mites and aphids. Multiple critters with one click of the shutter! great shooting!
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Systoechus bee-fly on Bloodroot at Fermilab. Rarely do I get these critters perched.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
Systoechus bee-fly on Bloodroot at Fermilab. Rarely do I get these critters perched.
Back in the film days during a vacation I encountered a bee fly that would occasionally hover in a particular area along a dirt path. Exposed maybe a dozen frames of slide film trying to capture a picture, one of which turned out so-so, the rest went into the circular file. By current standards, the one I kept would follow the others. must be among the chromes somewhere. Only 90,000 or so to go through.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Back in the film days during a vacation I encountered a bee fly that would occasionally hover in a particular area along a dirt path. Exposed maybe a dozen frames of slide film trying to capture a picture, one of which turned out so-so, the rest went into the circular file. By current standards, the one I kept would follow the others. must be among the chromes somewhere. Only 90,000 or so to go through.
The big Xylocopa carpenter bees are famous for that. Particularly the males, defending territory. They won't do anything, but they can be annoying.

And yeah, I have plenty of film to scan one of these years. I keep saying it will be a winter project, but that never happens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
The big Xylocopa carpenter bees are famous for that. Particularly the males, defending territory. They won't do anything, but they can be annoying.

And yeah, I have plenty of film to scan one of these years. I keep saying it will be a winter project, but that never happens.

I've sent a couple thousand to Scan Cafe(I think they are actually scanned in India) and they do a decent job. I bought one of those ~$100 desktop scanners, and it is quicker than the four-at-a-time flatbed scanner, but it means a lot of work spotting out dust no matter how hard I work cleaning the chromes beforehand. Feel like I'm just out of the darkroom, spending 15 minutes on each print with Spotone.
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Thanks, that's a good tip. My Dad did the same thing a while ago, though I have no idea where the scans were done.
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As someone remarked when I showed a similar image (phantom crane fly pair) in camera club about three decades back; "Fly United?"
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