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Aug 30, 2018 02:02 |  #736

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Some kind of assassin bug and victim. Drama on a small scale. These were so tiny I thought they were dirt at first.
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I love finding small dramas like this - so much to each story, so much to learn. Great find!




  
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Aug 30, 2018 02:04 |  #737

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Stack of a fly that was dead for a few days. I think I found it on my window sill.


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Looking forward to buying the gear one day to have a go at this myself. Stacking has always fascinated me. Perfect pic!




  
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Aug 30, 2018 02:04 |  #738

Archibald wrote in post #18696304 (external link)
Some kind of assassin bug and victim. Drama on a small scale. These were so tiny I thought they were dirt at first.
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For such a small bug, they look big on my screen. If you hadn't said anything, I'd of thought they were fairly large. Cool shot, nicely done.


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Aug 30, 2018 03:37 |  #739


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Aug 30, 2018 03:43 |  #740

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Those are flattering words, and I thank you. However, there are at least a dozen people on this forum more qualified than I. Several are on this particular thread.

There are indeed some very good bug photographers here and with knowledge about the species. I'm glad I can distinguish a hoverfly from a bee with all the mimicry going on in the insect world.




  
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Aug 30, 2018 04:31 |  #741

Moth? or butterfly? I'm not smart enough to tell the difference............​educate me-?-?-?


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Don't even begin to think I'm criticizing your images.
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Aug 30, 2018 05:33 as a reply to  @ photosbytw's post |  #742

As a generally reliable rule, butterflies have antennae with 'clubs' on the ends, and moths have furry feathery antennae, often quite elaborate. There are other guidelines but this is the first one I look to.

HTH.

(I suspect that what you have in your photo is therefore a butterfly, according to this rule, but will automatically expect someone to point out it is a well-known moth....sigh)




  
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Aug 30, 2018 05:40 |  #743

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Stellar!!

You guys and your proper names. :lol:

I differentiate my bugs a little less scientifically. A blue bug, a red bug, a hairy bug...………….

Well - I did say Carnival Queen crane fly. :-)

As to the scientific names - well, if truth be known, there are a lot of bugs without a common name, so the scientific name is useful when trying to find out more about them. I've only started photographing insects in the past couple of years and learnt pretty quickly that the scientific names are very useful for cataloguing them into families and genus. It's pretty interesting stuff, to my surprise.

And to be precise, bugs are just one family of insects. We shouldn't even call them that unless they are actually a bug - if I may be pedantic. :-D

(I should really climb back into this can of worms I had no real intention of opening, sigh.)




  
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Aug 30, 2018 10:11 |  #744

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Well - I did say Carnival Queen crane fly. :-)

As to the scientific names - well, if truth be known, there are a lot of bugs without a common name, so the scientific name is useful when trying to find out more about them. I've only started photographing insects in the past couple of years and learnt pretty quickly that the scientific names are very useful for cataloguing them into families and genus. It's pretty interesting stuff, to my surprise.

And to be precise, bugs are just one family of insects. We shouldn't even call them that unless they are actually a bug - if I may be pedantic. :-D

(I should really climb back into this can of worms I had no real intention of opening, sigh.)

Agreed with what you are saying, but terms like "bug" and also "macro" have been used loosely for decades, therefore few have problems with them meaning "small critter" and "closeup".

Back when I was a kid, I kept an insect collection. I had a field guide and an ID key, and learned about the great insect Orders like Coleoptera, Diptera, Odonata and so on. I counted tarsi with a magnifying glass to identify down to the species. It was all very interesting to my inquisitive mind.

Later I forgot most of this, but now I am setting up a keyword system for bugs in Lightroom that reflects the scientific classifications. The world of insects and their taxonomy is fascinating! ... to me, anyway.

Quite often these days I don't bother with the scientific name of a bug. But sometimes I'm talking to someone speaking another language. Then the advantage of the scientific names becomes obvious. The scientific names are precise and work all over the world.


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Aug 30, 2018 11:24 |  #745

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Aug 30, 2018 11:29 |  #746

Finding some interesting stuff in the archives. This is a Blue-eyed Darner dragonfly in flight.


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Aug 30, 2018 12:02 |  #747

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Finding some interesting stuff in the archives. This is a Blue-eyed Darner dragonfly in flight.
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Wasp beetle, a beetle looking like a wasp.


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