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Posted: 18 March 2012 10:01 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hey they are part of nature too!


Fly (Calliphoridae Spp.) by Laramore, on Flickr


Pygmy Grasshopper (Tetrix spp.) by Laramore, on Flickr


Water Strider (Gerris spp.) by Laramore, on Flickr

This last one is an invasive species from Asia that has been rapidly spreading across the country. If I had known that I would have killed it. edit-See post below.

Brown Stink Bug (Euschistus spp.) by Laramore, on Flickr

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Posted: 19 March 2012 11:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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gotta love those macro lenses! good job!

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Posted: 19 March 2012 01:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks T. That was just the kit lens that came with my Canon.

I found out that the stink bug I found was not the invasive I thought it was, but is the native Brown Stink Bug. I edited my photo title above. I am finding out that bugs are much harder to I.D. than birds.

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Posted: 19 March 2012 11:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Bug fan myself although not so adept at being a shutterbug, like the pics and agree that bug identification can be a real bear.  I’ve got several field guides to assist me but my favorite resource is bugguide.net.  Lots of photos, taxonomy, references, discussion and so on, definitely worth a look and likely a bookmark for bug fans.  In a shameless bit of self promotion, I put out some bug stuff on the “Meandering” blog late May, early June of last year, primarily dealing with periodical cicadas if anyone is interested.

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Posted: 20 March 2012 12:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks Troy,

One of the things that got me into birding was the number of different species that I did not even know existed until I looked at a list of Illinois birds. I thought I was an Outdoorsman but quickly realized I knew practically nothing of the hundreds of species that enter our state. Now that I have seen quite a few of the birds and it is getting harder to get new ones I decided to take up insects and other arthropods. After doing some studying now I realize I didn’t know jack about the nature in our state other than the stuff I was legally allowed to shoot or that I could catch with a hook.


I really don’t do anything special to get shots like these, get as close as I can and set the camera on macro. Oh and sometimes you have to crawl around in the dirt. Pretty much the only editing I do to my pics is to crop and lighten them if they need it. Until I get a bigger lens I am pretty much stuck on close up shots so I figured why not embrace it.


I have been using Bugguide.net the last week or so. Some really knowledgeable people there, and oh yeah it is bookmarked on my computer.. They are the ones that corrected me on the stinkbug. I also have a few field guides but there are so many species of insects that there is no way they could include everything.


I remember reading those posts you did last year, good stuff. I am going to read them again sometime tomorrow. I think this is the first one on insects right? http://heartlandoutdoors.com/meandering/story/a_bit_of_natures_magic/

Thanks again,

Rich


P.S. I have some other cool pics I have not posted here in my Flickr account. And if you want to read some of my ramblings on the subject I started a new macro blog. Links for both of these are in my signature below. That was my shameless promotion. wink

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Posted: 20 March 2012 08:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Rich,

I’m with you on the “didn’t know jack” and have all kinds of aspirations to learn and re-learn everything I can about my neck of the woods and even beyond.  Twenty five plus years ago was roaming around on college ecology class field trips stockpiling the knowledge, most of which has sadly been lost.  My uncle is also an invaluable and self taught source of outdoor knowledge and I used to pick his brain in our trapping days.  Real busy these days with all of these kids but they are a wonderful excuse to get out and explore and do some learning together.  The outdoor classroom has an endless supply of possibilities and I thank you for the post as I’m feeling a bit inspired yet again. 

My quest for knowledge has included bugs, wildflowers, birds (waterfowl ID from a distance, in flight and even up close has always confounded me), prairie plants, the night sky, aquatic vegetation and so on…a daunting task.  Brings back memories of my wife and I hiking and identifying anything we could find back before we got married.  I guess now we just need to pack along a stroller and some juice boxes to accompany our field guides, notebooks and cameras.  Why, just this morning though I was engaged in some turtle ID with my wife and kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, that is (still working on who wears what color headabnd, guess I was more into girls when those guys first burst onto the scene).  Perhaps some blog stuff one day in all of this rambling.

Speaking of blogs, checked out your pictures and descriptions and it’s right up my alley, definitely will check back for further updates.  Very interesting and inspirational stuff for a fellow “bug guy.”  Thanks, Troy

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