Sure sign that winter is on its way...
... Milkweed Bugs
Can't get Comments to work so to answer your questions ... there are two bugs-one in front with the black /orange pattern and one above and behind it showing only its orange 'tummy'. And indeed these are milkweed seeds which show up in the late fall hence a sign the winter is on its way.
Some critters I've seen lately
Amazing to watch these birds fish! Black Skimmer in Surf [these are odd birds. The lower portion of the beak is longer than the upper and their eyes have vertical pupils like a cat. Wing span is about 4ft]
Which end is the head? And, yes there are two of them. Tussock moth caterpillar
Look what came to vist our front porch.
He/she was on our stairs tonight. Scared the Neighbor kids that came to see if mine could come out to play. Lol It was a good size cicada.
we have been seeing many of them around this year.
I even made one mad by kicking it by accident, then when it flew away a sparrow made it its lunch. Boy he was really pissed then, heard him scream as the bird flew away with it.
Hope you find these images as cool as I and my kids do.
Have a great week end. : )
Critter Challenge: ExoCritter
As my wife directs an inner-city day care center, she likes to introduce the kids to a variety of critters with which they may not commonly come into contact.
Some time ago we found this beetle exoskeleton in our back yard -- it is a biggie, more than two inches long. We saved it for its "educational value". It is a little worse for the wear -- you'll note its middle foreleg has broken off -- but still a fine specimen of our creepy-crawler neighbors!
Two and a half years ago, I set myself on a quest. At first, it was part-time, but soon morphed into a true walkabout. Having discovered myself through the eye of a camera, it's now a full-time devotion, taking up most of my days and often lasting well into the evening. My walkabout never takes me beyond my own property line, yet I've made untold new friends - in my quest to photograph and document every bug and insect that lives in or ventures through my yard. Including all Arthropods, I've discovered that the number of species is literally in the thousands . . . and most seem just as curious about me as I am about them. It was also nice to discover that none of them are as bad or scary as they're made out to be. Please say hello to one of my discovered lady friends, Coelioxys Subgenus Boreocoelioxys . She's a Leaf-cutter bee in the family Megachilidae.
The Living Bush
Yesterday I went out for a bit with my camera. I stopped at this small park to look around and did not find much to photograph. When I walked back to my Van I saw that I had parked next to some bushes I have never seen before. (and by the way if any of you recognize this bush please give me a name) I went to take pictures of the ball shaped flowers and found it to be alive with bees, beetles, and tiny little butterflies. I took many pictures of the activity going on with my macro lens.
Here are some of my faves.
Thank you for looking and your comments. ;)
Good night little bee
As I said yesterday in my bug post I'm not really a great insect photographer. I'm a bit to slow when it comes to capturing them with the camera. But luckily for me, the bugs seem to be ready for bed when I get out there. Just lounging on leaves not having a care in the world. In the case of this little bee, he seemed to be passed out! I saw him, clung to the flower on our bush beans just hanging upside down. I carefully grabbed a piece of the vine, pulled it toward me so I could get a better look at him. If I hadn't seen his leg twitch I would have thought he was dead. After I was done, I gently laid the flower and him back to their original resting place and moved on to another subject.
Chef asked on one of my posts last week where the bugs were, well here they are. I've found it difficult to get many shots of these critters but it seems late in the day they're just as tired as I am and don't really feel like moving around either. Which works great for me and the camera!
Thanks for looking! Comments and criticism appreciated. I'm not much of an insect photographer. Like I said, I never can get to them before they hop, fly or scuttle away so if you have suggestions let me know and I'll tuck it away for my next opportunity.
Weird acrobatic bugs
the other one kept bobbing up and down in a headstand.
i haven't had any luck looking them up online yet.
anybody know what the are?
06060907: little orange bugs before
06060903: little orange bugs after
~ I Don't Mean To BUG Ya... ~
... but these may Bee a little squimish (skweemish, whatever...) for some, but I got close to Nature the other day. Took out my Canon and got shootin'.
2 Bees or Not 2 Bees.... that is the question.
Canon EOS 20D
~ 2 Bees or Not 2 Bees..... ~ ~ Preparing Home ~
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000) Exposure: 1/3200 sec
Aperture: f/9 Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 50 mm Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 400 ISO Speed: 800
~ Room With a View ~
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Critques welcome and expected.
Don't usually take photos at night but ...
... this little beetle Tiny weevil was too cute to pass up. It's less than 1/2 long (including snout) and was on the window framing near the light.
Here are the photo details:
- Camera: Nikon D40X
- Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G with +3 accessory lens
- Focal Length: 55mm
- Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
- Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
- 1/60 sec - F/10
- Exposure Comp.: +1.0 EV
- Sensitivity: ISO 100
- Optimize Image: Normal
- White Balance: Auto
- AF Mode: Manual
- Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
- Flash Mode: Built-in, M x 1/32