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#388572 - Mon Sep 24 2007 07:41 AM Insects Theme Week
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But no more spiders please!
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#388573 - Mon Sep 24 2007 08:30 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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Oh great. We don't get too many to the pound around here. Macro time I feel.
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#388574 - Mon Sep 24 2007 01:06 PM Re: Insects Theme Week
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Oh oh, this is going to be hard. As fall is here, there are not a lot of insects around.
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#388575 - Mon Sep 24 2007 02:11 PM Re: Insects Theme Week
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Just so happened I was going to post this in the daily photo thread, when I happened upon the weekly theme. Does this palm-frond grasshopper count??

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#388576 - Mon Sep 24 2007 02:23 PM Re: Insects Theme Week
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Reckon it does, djsgal!

I already had a number of insect photos and had been going through them, when I noticed activity around these white flowers (weeds?) outside my window. Most of the shots were rather fuzzy, but this one isn't too bad.


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#388577 - Mon Sep 24 2007 09:26 PM Re: Insects Theme Week
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They are called Palmetto Bugs here in South Carolina, but a roach is a roach is a very gross roach.


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#388578 - Tue Sep 25 2007 03:27 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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But no more spiders please!




Spiders aren't insects! Sorry, but as an ex-high school biology teacher, I can't let that one slide by!
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#388579 - Tue Sep 25 2007 04:07 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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As I typed it I recalled that they aren`t classed as insects Mothergoose but my loathing of them ensured that I still entered the post as is,just in case. Shame I forgot about roaches though!


Edited by damnsuicidalroos (Tue Sep 25 2007 04:08 AM)
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#388580 - Tue Sep 25 2007 10:30 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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Here is a shot of a rather large caterpillar we saw on the Island of Dominica. I don't know what is called but if it turned into a butterfly it would be a big one.




Larger shot
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#388581 - Tue Sep 25 2007 11:46 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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I really didn't expect to be able to post a photograph this week as I rarely see any insects. When I was in the kitchen just now I heard a loud buzzing noise by the window and when I looked there was a large fly in a dish in which I have an orchid bloom, it was thrashing around doing backstroke when I took this photograph.

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#388582 - Tue Sep 25 2007 11:52 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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Oh, bhs63, eewww! I have horrid memories of a vacation to Florida when I was 8. When we'd turn off the lights in the motel room, the palmetto bugs would come scurrying out of the walls--straight across the windows, beds, etc. Those things are huge. That's a life-sized photo, right?
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#388583 - Tue Sep 25 2007 03:58 PM Re: Insects Theme Week
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Pretty life size - it was maybe 2 inches long plus the antennae.

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#388584 - Tue Sep 25 2007 07:15 PM Re: Insects Theme Week
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This is the best you will get from ME!
This charmer was dive-bombing me everytime I tried to take a shot, Yuk
He has horrible hairy knees, bit like my ex! He went out and wasn't seen again ( well they both did really)
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#388585 - Tue Sep 25 2007 09:23 PM Re: Insects Theme Week
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My friend in California made this stained glass butterfly for me and I really love it. It hangs in the stationary glass window alongside my front door, which is really the only safe place suitable for display. Unfortunately, it isn't easy to photograph because of the lighting. My butterfly catches the dawn light but is in shadow for most of the day. When coolcat90 was little, she would get up every morning and go straight to the front door to make sure the butterfly was still there. I think she expected it to fly away at some point.
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#388586 - Wed Sep 26 2007 03:32 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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MotherGoose, you might try taking the photo without flash then put it through Picasa2 and use the 'fill light' slider, I have brought 'black' photos up to looking normal. You will then not have the flash reflected.


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#388587 - Wed Sep 26 2007 03:40 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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The end of the (bee)line for a Bumble Bee:

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#388588 - Wed Sep 26 2007 05:10 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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I can see an additional theme here, 'has been insects'.
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#388589 - Wed Sep 26 2007 07:13 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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This one's a has been.
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#388590 - Wed Sep 26 2007 11:40 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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This a giant moth, photo'd at London Zoo. I think it's a cecropia moth, and its wingspan was over 15cm (6 inches).

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#388591 - Thu Sep 27 2007 12:54 PM Re: Insects Theme Week
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This is a dragonfly in the gardens of Nanzenji, a Buddhist temple complex in Kyoto. We took this picture at the beginning of the month with my husband's brand-new digital SLR camera (which is about two years' worth of gifts ...). The dragonfly was extraordinarily cooperative!

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#388592 - Fri Sep 28 2007 06:30 PM Re: Insects Theme Week
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This is a crazy butterfly. It's a grey comma. They're a variety that over-winters, so several generations can be expected to stay in roughly the same place. They must like one of the trees in our yard, because we've had a small flock of them for several years now. They're very social little critters. During the spring and early summer generation, if we sit in the back yard they flutter and flit about us, land on our heads, our arms, our shoulders... It isn't at all unusual to feel a light catch in the hair and then see one of the little dears scurry off. I'd call it dive-bombing, but they are very gentle and having a butterfly sit on your shoulder is really rather nice. Still, they're very erratic, which is why I've dubbed them the crazy butterflies.
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#388593 - Sun Sep 30 2007 08:30 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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Less than 24 hours to post your insect snap in this thread!
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#388594 - Mon Oct 01 2007 05:28 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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Great photos all,the latest slide show is here.
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#388595 - Mon Oct 01 2007 05:57 AM Re: Insects Theme Week
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Thank you Roos - Time to close this insect theme and crawl off to the 'Trains' theme
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