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10-17-2022, 05:19 AM - 3 Likes   #6586
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The annual shield bug gathering and breeding is underway at Delta Park- they gather on a specific type of tree, usually quite a lot of them- and don't disturb them, they give off quite a stink that can be smelled a good few meters away. So a Tammy 70-300mm Macro lens, with flash used.










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amazing how many different colors of dragonfly there are out there. are they standard enough in that characteristic to be considered different subspecies?

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QuoteOriginally posted by dlhawes Quote
amazing how many different colors of dragonfly there are out there. are they standard enough in that characteristic to be considered different subspecies?
Yes, DNA sequencing and more technical methods are re-arranging all of biology into new clades. There is a bewildering array of subspecies and populations within a species. You can get as deep into the woods as you want when you start studying any subject.
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Wasp with an insect it caught, taking it down into its hole


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Slider and the Wasp

When I locate the original negs to these photos they will identify the correct order these images were originally photographed in. I believe I noticed the scene after the wasp (seen advancing upper left) had paralyzed the spider. It appears to be a battle in one photo, but I recall thinking as I was shooting that any battle was already over before I took the first shot. Winner: the wasp, as usual.

There is a series of four or five, one not in focus. The last one has the wasp appearing to glare at me or my lens, as if daring me to try to take his dinner away.

These were taken 9-23-2000 at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens some years ago, using a Pentax manual focus camera, Pentax SMCP 50/f1.7 lens and a Vivitar 2x Macro Focusing Teleconverter. I am surprised only one of five shots was not in focus. The Vivitar 2x Macro Focusing TC is a wonderful device, available in many MF mounts. It turns your walk-around 35mm or 50mm lens into a very nice Macro lens able to go to 1:1 magnification when attached to a 50mm. But it is manual focus... something many people, even I, avoid quite a bit nowadays.

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Both of these were probably posted, but I do not remember (is that one of the so-called advantages of age??). One detestable and one likable insect, but in defense of mosquitos, they provide food for bats, wrens, warblers, swallows and many other well-liked creatures.
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A beetle of some sort.

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A handsome beetle. The only one of its kind I've seen.
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SCAN from the Film Era. Photographed locally. I've never seen this insect again.
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The offspring of the breeding season of the Shield bugs mentioned earlier






An infestatin of these at the church called for some dramatic fumigation one day.
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Just one insect from me.
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