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Monday, June 4, 2012

Charlotte: The Fabulous Marvelous Tiny World of Bugs

I was not a bug person growing up. Not even a little tiny bit. I didn’t want them all dead or anything I just didn’t want them ANYWHERE near me; that all changed when I got into photography and then when Mr. Rogue got me a Macro lens I found my inner bug nerd. Oh how beautiful they are when seen so close up. Instead of creepy crawly they are elegant and beautiful. It is so amazing to look into my camera lens and be transported into their little tiny world. LOVE!

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JAPANESE BEETLES

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SO MANY JAPANESE BEETLES

It is a pain in the butt for sure to drag around a ton of lenses. There are lenses that tout that they can do it all, but like a jack of all trades they are a master of none. I am getting spoiled, if I take a photo I want it to be just right, and well Jack doesn’t cut it anymore. So when I flew to Charlotte I made sure to include my Macro lens. Designed specifically for capturing the little tiny things it is perfect for bugs. And OH HOW GLAD I was that I did drag it all the way to Charlotte. We managed to find some REALLY cool bugs.

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EASTERN COMMA

Now I am not to the point in my relationship with bugs that my mother is. Sure I will now acknowledge their beauty, I will even get down and play with them, but my mother... she is the bug whisper. She loves them, she holds them, she gives them kisses (ok maybe not kisses) but she doesn’t mind if they crawl all over her. She actually even encourages it. So it was of NO SUPRISE that while hanging out in the pool an American Snout Nose Butterfly landed right on her foot, her arm, her finger and then her head. He just kept flitting around her landing again and again and again. From now on we will call her Snow White!

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AMERICAN SNOUT NOSE BUTTERFLY LOVES SNOW WHITE

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AMERICAN SNOUT NOSE BUTTERFLY

And it wasn’t just one bug in love with her but many. While we were sitting outside in some lawn chairs a beautiful little Eastern Tailed Blue came fluttering up. I had to run inside and quickly grab my camera. He landed right on mom a few times, in a couple different places and I got to take a ton of photos.

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EASTERN TAILED BLUE

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EASTERN TAILED BLUE

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EASTERN TAILED BLUE

It is incredible how small this little guy was. No larger than a finger nail. After he left mom I caught a few shots of him on a clover flower and a blade of grass. In the photo that butterfly compared to the blade of grass. Oh my gosh.... SWOOOON!

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EASTERN TAILED BLUE ON A CLOVER FLOWER

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EASTERN TAILED BLUE ON A BLADE OF GRASS

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EASTERN TAILED BLUE ITS HARD TO CATCH A PHOTO WITH THEIR WINGS OPEN

The campground that we were staying at had a small pond, and where there are ponds you can usually find dragonflies. I got a ton more mosquito bites trying to sneak close enough to get a really good shot. No pain no gain and I just love how delicately beautiful this Widow Skimmer’s wings are.

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WIDOW SKIMMER

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WIDOW SKIMMER

The coolest bug we found BY FAR was by accident at a gas station. Dad needed to get gas, but he has a diesel truck. Time and time again we passed stations that weren’t up to his standards. Either they didn’t carry diesel or it was a station that he wasn’t sure of the brand. Finally like goldilocks he finally found a gas station that was just right and when he got out of the car he spotted the coolest bug ever.

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At first we weren’t sure what it was. All we knew is that it was some kind of gigantic beetle with long tapered horns. When we were finally able to look it up the name made sense. The Stag Beetle uses its long horns to fight for females. We were all so super excited. What a cool looking bug!

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STAG BEETLE’S USE THEIR HORNS TO FIGHT FOR FEMALES

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MOM TRIED OUT MY MACRO LENS FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL BUG

2 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

Thank you for letting me use your lens, it make a huge difference when trying to capture something small, although the last guy was so tiny, was he?

Jennifer Arens said...

Bugs seem less scary in photos....

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