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10-25-2018, 06:32 PM - 1 Like   #5131
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After the cat and I both were stung I put ant bait on the new fire ant mound. They swarm instantly. This was touching the bait trap a week later. It hasn't done anything.


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Some kind of crane fly




Is there such a thing as a Bee imitating fly? I certainly thought this was a bee.




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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
Some kind of crane fly

The only certain way to pin a crane fly down to species is the anatomy of the male genitalia. When an expert (possibly THE expert) on crane flies in the USA either died or passed away, his collection was not pinned specimens, it was thousands of microscope slides containing only male crane fly genitalia. In some insects the male & female reproductive structures have a sort of lock-&-key fit which prevents or at least inhibits cross breeding with an incorrect mate (= one of a different species).
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The only certain way to pin a crane fly down to species is the anatomy of the male genitalia. When an expert (possibly THE expert) on crane flies in the USA either died or passed away, his collection was not pinned specimens, it was thousands of microscope slides containing only male crane fly genitalia. In some insects the male & female reproductive structures have a sort of lock-&-key fit which prevents or at least inhibits cross breeding with an incorrect mate (= one of a different species).
And to which my young people would respond " Give that man a Bell's (whiskey)". And to which I would add- "in small doses, over a long period of time please"

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Tamron 70-300mm with a heavy crop




Pretty good camouflage


From the yard




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(Cross posted from "Macro by any means necessary" and the "Kit Lens Club")

Woke up to a bit of snow on the ground yesterday morning. It melted away by afternoon, but it's a good sign that 2018's Outdoor Insect Season is about done. But Indoor Insect Season continues. Like last year, our front hallway is host to a bunch of a tiny, mysterious insect. Other bugs show seasonality, so why not this one, too? So once again I'm left pondering why they show up at this time of year, what are they eating, what else, if anything, do they grow into? Identification would be greatly appreciated!

Being the only show in town, the most accessible of the half dozen of them that have hatched, arrived, or whatever, got a lot of attention this afternoon from me and my K-S2. I used a combination of Kinotel 8mm movie camera lens reversed on extension and reversed 18-55 II, with and without extension. All handheld, with Pringles tin extender/diffuser on the built in flash. All images uncropped unless otherwise indicated.

Reversed Kinotel:




100% crop of the above:





Reversed 18-55 II





100% crop of the above:



Reversed 18-55 II on extension:





I look forward to seeing what these combinations will produce once I get my KP.

Here are some context shots with a ruler in centimetres for scale (DA 18-50 DC WR RE):

Two for the price of one!





100% crop of the above. Not bad for a kit lens!

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I have a couple pretty good water strider images, so I'll post one here and one on the other insect image thread.

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I found out my bug problem being they're mostly gone, my nephew, tried getting rid of the bad bugs, got rid of the good ones too cause he didn't know the difference.
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LOL! Keep him away please!
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FYI: If you are not aware. Long-term studies indicate an 80% or greater decline in the number of insects over the past 50 years. If we keep it up, we will eventually have the planet entirely to ourselves.
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FYI: If you are not aware. Long-term studies indicate an 80% or greater decline in the number of insects over the past 50 years. If we keep it up, we will eventually have the planet entirely to ourselves.
I'm not sure I like that idea. We need beneficial bugs. They do a lot of good on this planet. And some are pretty to look at, Butterflies, being one in particular I like to see flitting around my yard. Plus they're beneficial to our environment.
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