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Mar 02, 2010 09:30 |  #1

Edit: Turns out it's a Cicada! Thanks, recrisp.

I think this is a type of Christmas beetle, not sure about which specific one. Most of them are gone now, but there are a few around...like this. I've seen some empty dried up ones still attached to trees/branches, and this is one of the more intact ones. I thought it was pretty cool how they still hold on to things despite being very obviously dead. Makes you wonder about whether they just die peacefully in their sleep and their limbs stay in their position or get paralysed and have their insides eaten by something...

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1. ISO 100 f/3.5 1/400sec

IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4040/4400801809_2aac0242cc.jpg
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2. ISO 100 f/5.0 1/400sec
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And a pretty standard fly macro, but it's my first :p
3. ISO 100 f/3.6 1/320sec
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Mar 02, 2010 09:51 |  #2

First one , could be my eyes, but the foreground of the bug seems blurry?
Second is too dark, just me, but that last one,Fabulous!;)


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Mar 02, 2010 09:53 |  #3

Actually, that is just the shell, they climbed out and are alive, they are flying around now.
I may be wrong, but we have an insect that is called a, "Cicada", it looks identical, they make a loud screeching sound.
There should be a split area where it climbed out.

I like the colors on the fly, it's a nice shot. :)

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Mar 02, 2010 10:05 |  #4

Here's a movie thing (close to the bottom of the page) that shows the process. :)

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Mar 02, 2010 10:13 |  #5

Oh that's awesome! Thanks for the link.

You're right Flo, very front part of the first one missed the DOF. I processed the second a bit darker to make the transparency a bit more obvious, but it may have turned out too dark. Thank you!


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Mar 02, 2010 11:49 |  #6

The last one gets my vote but no1 is also good aswell. Excellent work.


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Mar 02, 2010 12:00 |  #7

definitely a fan of #3. sharp and beautiful colors.


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Mar 03, 2010 10:24 |  #8

Love the fly photo. While a fly picture is standard they are still amazing. Each fly is like a piece of art work in itself. I mean really, what is a fly a going to do - break dance or sing. LOL. I think it's a great shot.

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Mar 04, 2010 00:09 |  #9

Thanks guys, glad you like the fly =D It was one of the more interestingly coloured ones.


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Mar 04, 2010 16:59 |  #10

That last one of the fly is very nice. Well done!


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Mar 05, 2010 08:46 as a reply to  @ chomish's post |  #11

I see the cicada shells all over the area clinging onto tree bark and twigs during the summer months. Haven't thought about taking them backlit - what a great idea. I've taken them closeup too and realized that these shells require deceptively deeper dof than you think is adequate because of their legs that tend to stick out both towards and away from the camera (you don't notice the legs because their bodies are much more substantial both in terms of volume and interest).

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http://bugguide.net/no​de/view/337002 (external link)

(didn't succeed in keeping everything in focus either)



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Mar 05, 2010 21:53 |  #12

Your image of the fly will cause me to think twice before I swat one. SPLAT! I really like the color of the eyes.




  
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