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Hi all - whilst on my hols in Germany recently this little chap/chapess decided to pose long enough for me to take quite a few photos. Normally flies bu99er off as soon as I get anywhere near them but this one seemed content enough to sit there while I got within a cm or so of it with the camera. It was only when I looked at the photos on the computer later that I noticed the oval blobs under it abdomen - would these be eggs (thought they laid eggs in rotting things - raoadkill etc for the maggots to eat??) or are they more some sort of parasite (lice/ticks etc)?

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Here's another fly I managed to get a photo of before it flew off :)

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:)

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Spring has sprung down here and the bees are in the lavender:

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Sony A700, Tamron 90mm/f2.8 Macro

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We had quite a good crop of frog and toad spawn earlier in the year...so it's always nice to see the results a few months later. We often see the tiny frogs hopping about in the wet grass, but rarely see the tiny toads...except this morning:

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Must remember not to cut the lawn :butcher: :(

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Taken with the phone so apologies for the poor quality compared to all the others in this thread...

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Taking bugs is a real challenge but can be great fun and rewarding. It takes quite a bit of patience, skill and luck too.

This little fella was taken by me last spring, using a homemade flash diffuser.

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This next creature was taken the next day during a rare spell of good weather when I am not at work. Has been worked on in Photoshop to make the red eyes stand out.

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Tony

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Some beautiful photos chaps. Seems quite a few of us never lost our childhood fascination for creepy crawlies. One of my happiest moments was finding a scorpion in our cellar, how cool is that! :)

My latest insect was one of these big grasshoppers, essentially a locust and known around here as a sauterelle egyptian. Usually I only see bits of them as the cats catch them in the evening for snacks. The other day I opened my office window and found a whole one.

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and for an idea of size (the Beuchat is 40mm across the bezel)

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cheers

Andy

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Just for laughs I had to add this one I took earlier this year too!

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Tony

Haha, brilliant.

Was that shot taken in a fly prison? "who's ya daddy"

Andy

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Just for laughs I had to add this one I took earlier this year too!

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Tony

Haha, brilliant.

Was that shot taken in a fly prison? "who's ya daddy"

Andy

Might have been!

From another angle.

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Tony

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Just back from a week in sunny Menorca with the usual collection of bugs and interesting creatures! First up, remember this chap from Portugal?....

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Here's a much larger, green Praying Mantis...

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This is the weirdest centipede I've ever seen! It reminded me of one of the creatures from the sci fi comedy 'Evolution'...almost as though a spider has had a dubious relationship with a centipede...

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Following on...a couple of beetles...

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A very large grass hopper/locust (similar, if not the same as the one Foztex found a few posts above)

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Humming bird hawk moth at rest...

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...and in flight. There were hundreds of these flying around, and it took ages to get a shot after messing around with shutter speeds to try and capture the wings...this was at 1/1500 sec. I'm going to start another thread discussing this, and hopefully pick up some tips from better photographers than me!

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One more post to come...

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Finally, some lizards...first up a gecko...

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A shot showing how the iris of the eye in geckos closes to four pupils in bright light...

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The underside of the foot, showing the venetian blind like pads that help the gecko cling to walls, and even glass...

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A small lizard with an electric blue tail...

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And a common wall lizard.

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Hope you enjoyed! :D

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Nice bugs Roger! Looks like it would have been bug heaven for me, really cool to see the pads of the Gecko up close. It must be difficult to be able to handle them like that.

Tony

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None of the above went in the fridge...it's only the livelier insects that need that, and only for a few minutes to calm them down...they're all released unharmed after a shoot! :thumbsup:

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