Thursday, May 25, 2006

Cicadellids are real Purty


Oncometopia orbona
Blue Sharpshooter
Fort Pierce FL
5/25/06

The awesomer power of S2IS and Raynox DCR250!


Here is my bad boy all loaded down with adapter, macro conversion lens, and tripod.I didn't show my flash diffuser, beacause it is just a styrofoam plate.



A Calliphorid, fresh from the chickenshit pile.
Vero Beach FL
5/25/06



Leafhopper, genus Xyphon
Fort Pierce FL
5/24/06


Muscid
Vero Beach FL
5/25/06



Megachilid
Vero Beach FL
5/25/06



Vero Beach FL
5/24/06
Three-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes tripunctus).



Blarghhghh!
Vero Beach FL
5/24/06

This macro adapter is powerful stuff. It is somewhat difficult to use, but the details that it can capture are amazing.
Stay tuned for more.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Heavy on images, light on words







Glenurus gratus (An antlion)
Vero Beach FL
5/23/06


Diogmites spp.
Fort Pierce FL
5/22/06


Graphocephala coccinea
Pinelands Natural Area
5/20/06


Does anyone know what type this is?
Vero Beach FL
5/22/06


Marsh Rabbit
Pinelands Natural Area
5/20/06


Thamnophis sirtalis
Pinelands Natural Area
5/20/06


Ormenaria rufifascia
Pinelands Natural Area 5/20/06


Acmaeodera spp.
Pinelands Natural Area 5/20/06


Cicindela hirtilabris
Indrio Savannas, FL
5/19/06

Friday, May 19, 2006

More S2 IS power!


Actenodes auronotata


Coluber constrictor
After taking these 2 shots, I realized that I had some file compression on. I was wondering why a 5MP camera would take a picture of only a meg or so. I have adjusted the compression accordingly, and now my 256MB card will give me 96 images or so. I think I will get another to supplement.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Feel the awesome power of the S2 IS!

I came into some money (Thanks to dad and the IRS) , so I finally got myself a better camera; the Canon Powershot S2 IS. This is Canon's long-zoom model (12X optical), so I am really excited to see what it can do.


The first thing is, macro is no problem. This camera can focus on something actually touching the lens. Here it is in UltraMacro with autofocus on a Honeybee.


This green anole is washed out, but it shows the macro capability and the camera (sort of).


Here is a Pierid in macro mode. Autofocus.


Here is a Gulf Fritillary in Macro...Just kidding! This is at full zoom, handheld!


And to my surprise, the zoom came in handy when I saw this rat. This shot is manually focused, with a nice feature the camera has that automatically brackets the shot with 2 more offset a specified distance, shooting at 2.4fps (by the way, this shot is my initial focus).
Any idea what species it is?
In summary I am pretty darn happy with this lovely new camera. What do y'all think?

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mother's Day


Mothers carry you around on their backs...


Lay you in rotting wood...


No butterfly/mother connections...


No butterfly/mother connections...


Watch over you


Bring you roadkill....
Crested Caracaras
Route 70, near Fort Pierce


Drink blood to nourish you....


And hop around?
Happy Mothers Day!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Euphoric start to the weekend


Euphoria fulgida, the Emerald Euphoria. These were common as stink today, landing on Oak and Grape and whatnot, and apparently doing nothing.
Vero Beach FL
5/13/06


Plecia. Another common sight hereabouts this time of year.
One interesting thing I saw today is that dragonflies will investigate these, but neglect to eat them. They fly up and look, but, do not catch. I suppose that aposematic coloration works!
Fort Pierce FL
5/13/06


As of yet I know not what this gecko may be. Perhaps Hemidactylus mabouia?
Fort Pierce FL
5/13/06


Baby Mockingbirds outside my place.
Fort Pierce FL
5/13/06


A displaying Brown Anole at the lab.
Vero Beach FL
5/12/06

Friday, May 12, 2006

Burial






Bicyrtes Digger Wasp with Coreid Prey
Vero Beach FL
5/12/06

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Taming of the Plague Year '06

The following being a photographic account from my end of a joint expedition to Savannas Preserve SP with Thingfish23. This was only possible after assuring our significant others that neither one of us was a murderer or another woman (Which would be worse?).
The photos are presented in no particular order:


Pseudomyrmex. The only perfect Communists.



Some kind of Merocoris (Coreidae) gettin it on.



Lubber Nymph. Common as stink, and taste like crap, but ain't they pretty?



TF23 (the optimist) thought this might be a Water Bug. "Nah, it's an assassin" I told him, after he shook it off his hand. Probably would have hurt a bit more than a water bug had it bit. Then again without human subjects, how will we ever know?
Apiomerus spissipes, the Bee Assassin.



We're thinking Gray Hairstreak, but a rather drab specimen.



TF23 in action. Note intense concentration, essential when photographing subjects that move.



A spider found under a log.

Overall, tf23's visit was a fun time. I showed him around the ol' lab (which does smell like an elementary school with mold thrown in), and he gave me some pointers on cameras and life in general. With some reservations, I do pledge to document some of my thesis work to present to the public at large (if they are ready to have their worlds rocked).
Another thing I plan on doing is visiting the old band-aid. It was right interesting comparing notes on society in general, photography, lost souls in the woods, blogging, and Johnny Cash.
If you want to get a better accounting of the trip and see some better pictures from a different perspective, be sure to visit the band-aid yourself. I am sure the post will be up sooner than you think.

"Don't even act like I didn't get that donut. I got the proof right here!"

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Couple introduced species



This being Delta rendalli, a Eumenine wasp originally from Africa, mon. It was found in Jamaica in 1979, and showed up in Dade (stay too long, you'll be dade*) County FL in 1981. I found this a couple weeks ago, and had it identified by Jim Wiley at FDACS in Gainesville. I guess he should have the specimen now, but it was positively ID'ed from the photo. It should be a new county record for St. Lucie.
On a related topic, I found another introduced species, this time a type of spider, caled Selenops submaculosus, introduced from the Bahamas, and previously recorded from Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties. It would look something like this one:



I just got the PDF of a notice that this too is a new county record (Indian River). Pretty cool. So if you live north of here, they are coming for you!

*More Dade expressions:
1)"We fry 'em gooood down hereabouts!"
2) "Get the coke, Tubbs!"
3)"Come on, shake your body baby,do the conga,
I know you can't control yourself any longa"