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I know it's been awhile since my last post, so I thought I'd add another moth to the collection. This guy is an io moth (Automeris io). They look cute and fluffy don't they? Well they weren't always this cute.
See here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/photo/109601574549729116053/6331928691976595282
They were once semi-venomous io caterpillars and they were quite off-putting to look at. They had venomous spines that would inject venom that would irritate the skin area and cause swelling.
Not as venomous as the Flannel Moth caterpillar, but bad enough. Look with your eyes, not your hands when it comes to these caterpillars. The moth itself is harmless once metamorphosis is complete.

Taken with my Nikon D5300 with 105mm Nikkor macro lens, no diffuser.
f16, 1/60, ISO-100, Aperture Priority mode, no tripod, pop-up flash only.

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A pretty White Checkered Skipper butterfly (Pyrgus albescens) that I came across back in March 2017. It was fluttering around in my immediate area for awhile before it decided that a curly patch of vetch was the new hip place in town to be seen at.
Overexposed a touch due to a wide aperture but overall a decent image.

Taken with my Nikon D5300 with Nikkor 105mm macro lens.
f/11, 1/60, 100-ISO. Pop-up flash used, no tripod.

#butterfly #skipper #White_Checkered_Skipper #insect #creature #animal #wildlife #nature #biology #botany #entomology #arthropod #wings #antennae #macro #close-up #vetch #plants

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FANCY MEETING YOU HERE...
Trillions upon trillions of pine needles in the area and these three Sawfly larvae decided that they just had to eat the same one!
At least they know how to share.

Taken with my Nikon D5300 with 105mm Nikkor macro lens, no diffuser.
f/14, 1/200, 100-ISO, Manual mode, no tripod.

#caterpillars #sawfly #larvae #insects #inchworms #heads #animals #creatures #wildlife #nature #arthropods #entomology #biology #pine #eating #hungry

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Well I see it's been forever since I have posted here, this is due to me not having much access anymore to macro nature. So I'll post the occasional image from awhile back.

This little guy is a Slug caterpillar moth (Euclea incisa), and whilst in the caterpillar stage it looks quite striking too, if not somewhat venomous.

This one was chilling on a leaf during the night. It's not often I saw these moths, so I took advantage of the opportunity. :)

#moths #insects #nature #creature #Slug_Moth #antennae #winged_insect #arthropod #entomology #biology #green #leaf #wings #wallpaper #background #wildlife #macro #close-up

Taken with my Nikon D5300 with 105mm Nikkor macro lens, no diffuser.
f16, 1/160, 100-ISO, pop-up flash, handheld no tripod. Manual mode only.

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A dragonfly, a Broad-striped Forcetail (Aphylla angustifolia) I believe. These are one of the more common species of dragonfly I see during the warmer months.

This one is sleeping peacefully in a tree during the night hours. I have to be careful, they don't like a flashlight on them while sleeping and have a tendency to wake up and fly right at the flashlight when disturbed! I try not to push my luck and only take a couple of shots and move on before disturbing them from their slumber.

Taken with my Nikon D5300 with 105mm Nikkor macro lens, no diffuser. (I removed a flash glare from its eye in post-processing).
f16, 1/60, 100-ISO, Aperture Priority, no tripod.

#dragonfly #insect #odonata #Aphylla angustifolia #Broad-striped_Forcetail #creature #compound_eyes #wings #nature #wildlife #leaves #resting #arthropod #entomology #biology #alien

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While photographing an adult Broad-Headed Sharpshooter one night, I also found this little guy on a nearby weed. Looks to be an immature nymph of the same species (or similar species). Either way, it's the first time I've seen an immature Sharpshooter.

Taken with my Nikon D5300, 105mm Nikkor macro lens, no diffuser.
f16, 1/200, 100-ISO, Manual mode, no tripod.

#insect #nymph #sharpshooter #night #macro #close-up #nature #wildlife #creature #small #tiny #arthropod #entomology #branch #stick

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I found a Robber Fly (Asilidae) and I don't see many of these at all. They are one of nature's greatest insect assassins and can take down most anything in the insect world. This bee could attest to that - if it was still alive.

This Robber Fly acted like a dog with a bone. Every time I got near, it flew to another branch with its lunch. I bet it would've growled at me too if it could. :)

It was very hot and windy at a steady 18mph in Houston with temps in the mid-nineties, pretty bad for macro work, but I was still pleased with the results.

Taken with my Nikon D5300, 105mm Nikkor macro lens, no diffuser.
f16, 1/60, 100-ISO, no tripod, Aperture Priority.

#robber_fly #insects #bee #honeybee #arthropods #entomology #nature #wildlife #creatures #macro #close-up #predator #prey #eating #feeding #Asilidae #assassin_fly #ambush

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#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki +Andi Fritzsch and +Leanne Cole 

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A large ant of some kind. I find these here and there in the trees and they seem to be around small shield bug nymphs for whatever reason. They don't seem to be eating them, but more like co-existing with them. This one here was on its own though and quite content to stay that way.

Taken in the late-afternoon with my Nikon D5300, 105mm Nikkor macro lens, no diffuser.
f16, 1/200, 100-ISO, pop-up flash, no tripod, camera in Manual mode.

#ant #bullant #insect #arthropod #entomology #nature #wildlife #creature #small #tiny #leaf #macro #close-up #green_background

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Caterpillars are pretty cool, some look like big fuzzy-wuzzies like this one and they certainly have an appetite! This one was feeding on this 8-foot tall weed and there was no end to its hunger.
I thought it was a Woollybear caterpillar, but BugGuide seem to think it may be a Saltmarsh Caterpillar of some kind.
Either way, I took a few photos of it after 3am in the morning on a slightly windy night, along with a few other assorted insects.

Taken with my Nikon D5300 with 105mm Nikkor macro lens and Altura lightbox diffuser.
f16, 1/60, 100-ISO, Aperture Priority, no tripod.

#caterpillar, #woollybear #insect #creature #animal #nature #wildlife #fuzzy-wuzzy #macro #close-up #arthropod #entomology #metamorphosis

#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by  +William Banik,  &  +Stephen Thackeray

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This was kind of a rare find, a Matutinal Flower Caterpillar (Schinia mitis) munching on a dandelion bud in the late-afternoon. I have never seen these before and had help from BugGuide to identify it. Looks like something from out of a Dr. Seuss book with the crazy bands around it.

This one is immature, and when it emerges from its cocoon it will become a small pink Matutinal Flower moth. These moths are only active during the first few hours after dawn, and are found in the more humid regions of the US, like Florida, Georgia and Texas. The caterpillars prefer to munch on dandelion plants.

Taken with my Nikon D5300 with 105mm Nikkor macro lens, no diffuser.
f13, 1/60, 100-ISO, Aperture Priority mode, no tripod.

#caterpillar #insect #Matutinal_Flower_Caterpillar #Schinia_mitis #creature #pest #metamorphosis #macro #close-up #nature #wildlife #flower_bud #dandelion

#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by  +William Banik,  &  +Stephen Thackeray

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#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki +Andi Fritzsch and +Leanne Cole 

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