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Tue May 12, 2020, 09:53 PM

my quarantine project: more insect photos

People 65 and older are banned from my campus but I'm still making quick trips to pick up specimens to photograph. I've set up my gear at home, and it's actually working better than it did on campus. All of these photos are can be seen at full resolution at https://mcamann.smugmug.com/Insect-macro-photography

Just to be clear, I don't sell photos so the pointer to my online galleries is solely so interested folks can see full res images. Also, I took these photos but I didn't collect these specimens. I curate the collection they're in.


This is a buprestid jewel beetle from Malaysia:




Here is a long horned beetle from New Guinea:




Here's a tortoise beetle from Costa Rica:




Here's a colorful tarantula hawk, Pepsis chrysothemis from La Paz, BCS, Mexico:




Last one, a drab brown specimen but a cool taxon. This is a mole cricket from Malaysia:



Happy quarantine! Stay well!

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blm May 12 #1
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drmeow May 12 #7
MLAA May 12 #2
mike_c May 12 #6
MLAA May 12 #15
mike_c May 12 #16
Solly Mack May 12 #3
mike_c May 12 #8
Solly Mack May 12 #13
Skittles May 12 #5
mike_c May 12 #9
Skittles May 12 #11
Doreen May 12 #10
nancy1942 May 12 #12
Karadeniz May 12 #14
Callalily May 13 #17
grantcart May 13 #18
sinkingfeeling May 14 #19
Kali May 15 #20

Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:07 PM

1. That tarantula hawk has a wicked sting I've heard.

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Response to blm (Reply #1)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:22 PM

4. yep, it does

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They don't commonly sting though, in my experience. They have epic battles with big spiders, and the wasp almost always wins.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #4)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:27 PM

7. They are the most brilliant beautiful blue!

At least the ones in Arizona were. I loved the blue and orange combination.

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:20 PM

2. These are beautiful

And so well photographed. Super nice.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #2)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:26 PM

6. thank you

I am super fortunate to have access to these specimens. I only wish I had begun photographing them years ago.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #6)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:17 PM

15. How many would you guess you have done so far?

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Response to MLAA (Reply #15)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:46 PM

16. only a couple dozen so far

I'm very fortunate to have these, and I can access other university collections too.

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:21 PM

3. I dearly love bugs.

Wonderful specimen shots.

Prefer my bugs alive.

Still, those shots are stellar

Very cool.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #3)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:28 PM

8. I understand....

I stopped collecting almost twenty years ago, but I teach entomology so my students need a teaching collection to help them learn. These specimens are mostly 20-50 years old.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #8)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:06 PM

13. I know the need is there and the photos will

be a great teaching resource for years to come.


I walk around my yard and I am thrilled by the many, many insects.

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:24 PM

5. I find insects fascinating

the detail in your photos is phenomenal

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Response to Skittles (Reply #5)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:43 PM

9. I'm amazed at what cameras can achieve

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Response to mike_c (Reply #9)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:50 PM

11. I am curious but

those nature shows that show insects in action, sometimes underground, how the heck do they film that stuff?

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:46 PM

10. Those are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:04 PM

12. Thanks for posting these.

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:12 PM

14. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing them with us!❤

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 09:43 AM

17. Your insert project is great!

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 08:32 PM

18. Wow

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2020, 01:08 PM

19. Any idea what this one is? It was in Tanzania. Your photos

are wonderful.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #19)

Fri May 15, 2020, 02:36 PM

20. wow, that is really nice!

some kind of rhinoceros beetle - in the scarab family.

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