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Hello, good bug

Somehow, this Green Lacewing (Order Neuroptera, family Chrysopidae - ID'ing the species is difficult as there are so many and they look similar) found its way into our house. I would have liked to have focus stacked this to highlight the beautiful wing pattern (which is why it is called lace-wing) but it was near the ceiling and standing on a stool on tip-toes, speedlight in one hand and camera in the other, a single shot was the best I could do. Would have liked a second light on the right to get rid of the shadow but couldn't.

Lacewings are very good bugs to have - they are prolific predators of pests that destroy garden plants, so much so that they are sold for the purpose.

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I brought my own comb

Long time no macro but when I saw this moth (no idea of species) with the comb-like antennae, I had to rush and photograph it. Problem was that all my gear was set up for seascapes and I had to hurriedly change things to suit. Not too happy with the result but it shows the great antennae. 7 frame focus stack. Was a bugger to stack as it quivered every time the flash went off and was thus different frame to frame. Moth was about 3cm wing span.

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Reach out and touch somebody

This is an inflorescence from another beautiful species from the very diverse Grevillea genus. This one, called Grevillea iaspicula, is unfortunately threatened because of sheep grazing and clearing for agriculture in its native areas in southern New South Wales. The surviving plants are now in limestone areas inaccessible to sheep.

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Skippy wouldn't like this

This is the six petalled flower of one of the 11 species of genus Anigozanthos, commonly called Kangaroo Paws. They are found natively only in the south-west of Western Australia though now commonly cultivated in many countries as they make very good cut flowers. 6 frame focus stack macro.

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Wave the yellow wands

Another wonderful and exotic example from the Grevillea genus. This is a flower of the Grevillea preissii species, native to Western Australia, especially around Perth. Just a little flower, the little ant on one of the flowers can give you a sense of scale. 15 frame focus stack macro.

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Can't smell those socks

Quite a few Grevillea bloom in winter, and this is one of them. I love them because of their fantastic shapes and sheer variety. Most of them are native to Australia alone, with some also found in New Guinea, New Caledonia, and Indonesia. This is Grevillea leucopteris, found mainly in Western Australia. While I photographed this in the day, the flowers open at night and that's when nectar production and scent is at its maximum. This flower is called Old Socks, apparently because of its scent, but I didn't smell any hint of that!

This is a 9 frame focus stack. I would have done it in a much larger set but photographing this was a challenge because it was a very windy day and every thing moved frame to frame (and I'm unwilling to sacrifice a flower just because I want to photograph it, so it must be in situ). Had to blend 2 frames at a time, and even then this left motion artefacts, but as long as the result looks quite faithfully like the original, I'm OK with that.

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Little green friend

This little thing wandered in to our house. It wasn't well, I could see as it sat on our stairs. It was still when I slipped a sheet of paper under it. It moved a little but was still enough for me to take a stack of 15 frames. It did move off the paper after that but didn't go any further. I found it in the same spot next morning...

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Wait! Someone is still home!

Lacewing eggs that I found on a succulent in our backyard. I think they are eggs of the Golden Eye Green Lacewing (Chrysopa sp.). Till recently, I had only seen eggs like these quite often but never the larvae nor the adult lacewings, but in the last month, I have seen a few of the adult Green Lacewings. Never been able to photograph them as they are always at such a height that I can't get to them. Some of these eggs have hatched while in others, the occupant is still in residence. The eggs, which are at the end of a stalk, are about 1-2mm long.

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