I like Huntsmen #spider from the genus Holconia, because they are big fellows and go for even bigger preys !
Here's a probably subsubadult male which caught a massive locust
(and I made a short 3mn video about this species last year because it's one of my fav to keep !
Ants crawl through a hibiscus bud covered with aphids. The aphids feed on the flower sap and excrete a sugary liquid that attracts the ants.
iPhone 15 Pro ultrawide camera macro mode.
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Unas hormigas recorren un capullo de hibisco cubierto de pulgones. Estos se alimentan de la savia de la flor y excretan un líquido azucarado que atrae a las hormigas.
Ameisen streifen durch einen Hibiskus Knospe, der mit Blattläusen bedeckt ist. Diese ernähren sich vom Blütensaft und scheiden eine zuckerhaltige Flüssigkeit aus, die Ameisen anlockt.
When I took these pictures, I was fascinated by the shapes and textures created by these wilting plants. There was a weird darkness about them that I couldn't reproduce when I edited them. Yesterday, however, I took another stab at the colour and now they look how I see their appearance in my mind's eye.
I've been posting lots of yellow and orange colours recently, so here's something to balance things up a little.
I'm looking forward to these flowering again this year (Platycodon, or Balloon Flower). I wasn't much used to my macro lens last year when I took this pic, but hopefully I can get some better shots soon...
A native spiderwort (Tradescantia genus, T. virginiana possibly) growing wild along Clear Creek. One of my favorite native wildflowers it can be found on trails and in gardens and public plantings.
Continuing to play with my new macro lens. I finally thought to bring my test subjects indoors. 🤦♂️ It's so much easier to increase the depth of field when I don't have to contend with the wind.
Still a lot to learn, and I confess this flower turned out to be a lot less interesting close up than I expected. But I'm making progress. And having fun. 🙂
I have only been taking insect photos for two years and I know very little about photography. But what I have learned is how to find them...
iPhone 15 Pro main camera and ultra-wide-angle camera macro mode.
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Sólo llevo dos años haciendo fotos de insectos y sé muy poco de fotografía. Pero lo que si he aprendido es a encontrarlos…
Ich fotografiere Insekten erst seit zwei Jahren und weiß sehr wenig über Fotografie. Aber was ich gelernt habe, ist, wie man sie findet....
Cape Honeysuckle Macro by Debra Martz
When I lived in a more tropical area, these bloomed throughout fall and winter in my yard.
Let's show a little love for the Oribatid mites - out there every day living their best lives, eating fungi and decomposing organic matter.
Oribatid mites are also called beetle or moss mites, and some groups that can fold their legs up under protective 'wings' are called box mites. They're all underappreciated and, in most cases, adorable!
Was just going out of the gate to the park when I saw this amazing wasp on a euphorbia.
It's a Priocnemis monachus, a kind of spider wasp. That blue and black colouring is so striking!
I don't think I've ever seen one before, and had to run back inside for my camera, hoping I'd be able to get back in time for a good shot before it moved on.
A little almost-collage of a few lovely things:
* Hebe flower cluster just about to explode
* Bearded Iris. I love irises...
* Red echium that the bees love
* Rhodohypoxis - a cute little alpine
This is a male Aussie bronze jumping spider (Helpis minitabunda), an introduced species to New Zealand from Australia.
Jumping spiders such as this have excellent vision (check out those two large front-facing eyes), which they use to stalk their prey until they're within pouncing distance!
With a name like "hellroot" (amongst others), you'd expect this Orobanche minor to be really poisonous or something.
In truth, it's a parasite that has lost the ability to photosynthesize, attaching itself to another plant and stealing water and nutrients from it.
Quite pretty, in a hairy, slightly ominous way...
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I've got loads of pics of lichen which I've taken recently, but have been wanting to try and identify what they are (tricky for a noob!).
This pic is taken on the fence down our driveway. I think
the grey and brown ones might be a Xanthoparmelia, with the yellow maybe a Candelariella? The black - possibly Amandinea???
Whatever they are, they create fascinating and intricate shapes, patterns and ecosystems...
Three views of Arctotis flowers at different stages - the first when the petals are just starting to peek out of a new bud; the second when the flower is newly open but the petals all stand up vertically; finally, fully open and soaking up the sun
Fall is so beautiful. We still have a few trees hanging in there.
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An unopened flower bud on one of this year's Nigella seedlings.
I love the look with the green spiky ruff all around the outside. The dried seed heads are all architectural and interesting too in the autumn...
I love creating macro abstraction with flowers. It brings a little magic of exploration into a room.
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For Monday I like to start of with a soft dandelion puffball on blue.
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A cluster of Cladonia fimbriata (?) cups looking like golf tees. Some of them are shiny because of some rain overnight.
I think those little black / red blobs around the edges are immature fruiting bodies just starting to develop.
There's so much cool stuff going on when you start looking at the macro level of things! I couldn't even see the red / black blobs when I took the pic...
I'm out here asking the important questions... Which is the weirdest millipede - Bristle or Snout?
- Bristle millipedes (Polyxenida) are covered in tufts of detachable bristles to deter predators.
- Snout millipedes (Siphonophorida) have mysterious heads, reduced into long, suction-feeding beaks.
Harakeke (aka Phormium, or NZ Flax) are flowering right now. That mix of oranges and reds looks super cool when you get up close.
Harakeke is one of those iconic NZ plants, providing nectar for birds and pollen for insects alike (or, like the starling I saw this morning with its head smeared in pollen, makeup for birds as well...)
Found some lovely branches covered in lichen today. This Golden-eye lichen (Teloschistes chrysophthalmus) looks like clusters of tiny yellow mouths (or eyes, or sunflowers).
I'm seeing these things everywhere now I'm getting to know what to look for.