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Calli Pygian

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Atlanta, Georgia, US

I saw this cute moth outside just now and took a few pictures:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/mrs_leavitt/Cute_Moth_small_zps566b51f4.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/mrs_leavitt/CM_CloseUp_small_zps5e89f69f.jpg


I've been noticing a lot of cool insects and taking pictures of them lately.  This new obsession started when I brought my camera to Costa Rica on my study abroad trip and took pictures of *everything* there.  When I came back, I think I was more attuned to looking out for cool insects than I was before.  Now I see them all the time!

Here are some other cool/pretty ones I've seen lately:

These two are of a red velvet ant (also known as "cow killers") I saw on the UGA campus on my way to a final exam last week.  She was moving about very quickly, so it was hard to get a good picture of her.  Red velvet ants are actually wasps, and the females are wingless.  I'd never seen or heard of one before and I thought she looked absolutely beautiful.

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/mrs_leavitt/Red_Velvet_Ant_small_zpse75c19a9.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/mrs_leavitt/Red_Velvet_Ant2_small_zps0f7132b0.jpg


This big beauty is a royal walnut moth, and they are apparently common in the deep South.  Its wingspan was a good few inches across!

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/mrs_leavitt/Royal_Walnut_Moth_small_zpsdfe2a580.jpg


I think this furry guy is a gypsy moth caterpillar.  He's so fluffyyyyyyy!  big_smile

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/mrs_leavitt/fluffy_zps41028296.jpg


And here's one of a pretty passion butterfly I saw yesterday.

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/mrs_leavitt/Passion_Butterfly_small_zpsf32d8863.jpg


Anyone else like taking pictures of insects?  Share 'em if ya got 'em!

Aug 08 13 10:58 am Link

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Damon Banner

Posts: 85305

Hayward, California, US

smash it.

Aug 08 13 11:13 am Link

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K Allende

Posts: 14172

Columbus, Ohio, US

I used to collect dead butterflies. I'd pluck them from the ground after they died or as they were close to death and then smush them between the pages of a picture album.

Aug 08 13 11:43 am Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Moriah Allende wrote:
I used to collect dead butterflies. I'd pluck them from the ground after they died or as they were close to death and then smush them between the pages of a picture album.

That would make a very pretty album   smile

Aug 08 13 11:54 am Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Damon Banner wrote:
smash it.

You're no fun   tongue

Aug 08 13 11:54 am Link

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DougBPhoto

Posts: 38549

Portland, Oregon, US

Very nice smile

That dragonfly I posted on Facebook never came back sad

Aug 08 13 12:03 pm Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

DougBPhoto wrote:
Very nice smile

That dragonfly I posted on Facebook never came back sad

I guess it's a good thing you already got a picture, then!  Dragonflies are so difficult to capture, I very rarely see them sitting still.

Aug 08 13 12:44 pm Link

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Snuff Elles

Posts: 593

ADGER, Alabama, US

Not moths! Not moths! Creepy out of control flying skills and dust!

Aug 08 13 02:00 pm Link

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scrymettet

Posts: 32240

Quebec, Quebec, Canada

I do the same
want me to show off a bit ?

StephanIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIe !!!!

Aug 08 13 03:37 pm Link

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Frozen Moments Photo

Posts: 1312

Monroe, Michigan, US

Calli Pygian wrote:

I guess it's a good thing you already got a picture, then!  Dragonflies are so difficult to capture, I very rarely see them sitting still.

Yes, they are difficult. I believe I have an in flight dragonfly, but would have to find it on one of my DVD's. I also have pics of a hummingbird moth which pretty much only come out at night. I believe I also have some butterflies. I have never seen a butterfly like yours before.

Aug 08 13 03:45 pm Link

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Damon Banner

Posts: 85305

Hayward, California, US

Calli Pygian wrote:

You're no fun   tongue

I'm tons of fun!  My entire body is a party!

Aug 08 13 03:55 pm Link

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scrymettet

Posts: 32240

Quebec, Quebec, Canada

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-4vhg4TbPLPI/T5MGG7qTA6I/AAAAAAAAAC0/wJM8r9m2rXk/s912/IMGP2225.jpg

Aug 08 13 04:16 pm Link

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Damon Banner

Posts: 85305

Hayward, California, US

Did you go to that place in Montevideo where they have the copy of Time magazine hung up... where they put the pin right through the butterfly so they could take the photo?

Aug 08 13 04:18 pm Link

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Jim Shibley

Posts: 2965

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Looks like something fun to try.

Aug 08 13 06:58 pm Link

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Caradoc

Posts: 19740

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

I did a lot of shots of bees a while back.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3246/3008737198_e32d3ee8da_z.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3339/3298105357_91e8391708_z.jpg

(if you look closely, you can see the bee's "siphon" sucking up the water...)

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3166/2952365623_419fb65e31_z.jpg

Aug 08 13 08:17 pm Link

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Michael Broughton

Posts: 2244

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2013/013/d/9/raspberry_spider_by_maltfalc-d4cbt68.jpg
http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/191/9/4/fly_by_maltfalc-d3lkfgo.jpg
http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/295/a/b/jumping_spider_by_maltfalc-d319nqu.jpg
http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2010/196/8/8/Bug_by_maltfalc.jpg
http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/189/c/8/caterpillar_by_maltfalc.jpg
http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs31/i/2008/189/1/6/damsel_by_maltfalc.jpg

Aug 08 13 11:26 pm Link

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Caradoc

Posts: 19740

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

Here's a leafhopper assassin bug - zelus renardii.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7136/7474236478_83c43bb532_z.jpg

Aug 09 13 05:32 am Link

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Caradoc

Posts: 19740

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

Ladybugs.

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4018/4509800630_ae6a2a762e_z.jpg

Aug 09 13 05:33 am Link

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Pondalee

Posts: 1850

Glendale, California, US

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7402/9471823487_84329aa871_c.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3809/9474503298_805110b4df_z.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3803/9474502940_3f73c4ec3b_c.jpg

And...

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4091/5043268711_bee6b2c926_z.jpg

Aug 09 13 11:05 am Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

scrymettet wrote:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-4vhg4TbPLPI/T5MGG7qTA6I/AAAAAAAAAC0/wJM8r9m2rXk/s912/IMGP2225.jpg

Oooooooooooh, so lovely! 

Aug 09 13 02:01 pm Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Damon Banner wrote:
Did you go to that place in Montevideo where they have the copy of Time magazine hung up... where they put the pin right through the butterfly so they could take the photo?

Erm, nope, can't say that I did.

Aug 09 13 02:03 pm Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Caradoc wrote:
I did a lot of shots of bees a while back.

Those are so beautiful, what lens did you use?

Aug 09 13 02:05 pm Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Michael Broughton wrote:
[pretty pictures]

Awesooooooooooome!!!

Was the dragonfly one done in IR?

Aug 09 13 02:06 pm Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Caradoc wrote:
Here's a leafhopper assassin bug - zelus renardii.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7136/7474236478_83c43bb532_z.jpg

That is just too cool.  I love the colors!

Do you go looking for insects, or do you just happen upon them?

Aug 09 13 02:07 pm Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Pondalee wrote:
http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4091/5043268711_bee6b2c926_z.jpg

*giggle*  Love it  big_smile

The others are gorgeous, too.  The definition on the spider's legs is awesome.

Aug 09 13 02:08 pm Link

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Caradoc

Posts: 19740

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

Calli Pygian wrote:

Those are so beautiful, what lens did you use?

Most of my bee shots are with a Tamron 90mm f/2.9 Macro. Some are with a borrowed Nikon 60mm Macro lens.

Aug 09 13 02:28 pm Link

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Damon Banner

Posts: 85305

Hayward, California, US

Calli Pygian wrote:

Erm, nope, can't say that I did.

i meant monteverde.  but that means YOU, are no fun!

Aug 09 13 02:28 pm Link

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Caradoc

Posts: 19740

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

Calli Pygian wrote:
Do you go looking for insects, or do you just happen upon them?

The bees I went looking for... the others, just happened upon.

We almost ran this one over, as it crossed a dirt road in the VERY DARK hours.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3133/2663651908_b952269634_z.jpg

Aug 09 13 02:29 pm Link

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Christopher Hartman

Posts: 54149

Buena Park, California, US

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/217964_10150892752663753_833512623_n.jpg

He was clogging up the pool's filtration system.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/380689_10150725254518753_962071039_n.jpg

My first confirmed sighting of a brown widow.  My house is surrounded by them.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/524400_10150745993098753_658142191_n.jpg

Brown Widow now dead.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/885047_10151358350903753_797009098_o.jpg

Some moth...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/3405_10151081850613753_1782319815_n.jpg

Must have been sick, was dead on the ground the next morning.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/336061_10150968889913753_1674802305_o.jpg

This butteryfly didn't want to leave me alone.

Sorry for some of the large photos, they are FB and I don't have options for smaller sizes.

Aug 09 13 03:30 pm Link

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Michael Broughton

Posts: 2244

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Calli Pygian wrote:

Awesooooooooooome!!!

Was the dragonfly one done in IR?

ir and visible light.

Aug 09 13 04:05 pm Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Damon Banner wrote:
i meant monteverde.  but that means YOU, are no fun!

I was there on a study abroad trip.  I went where we were scheduled to go; there was no time to do anything outside of what they had planned for us.  I maintain that YOU, sir, are the one who is no fun.  You have also failed to provide any insect pictures for my thread.  Fail.

Aug 09 13 11:21 pm Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Caradoc wrote:
Most of my bee shots are with a Tamron 90mm f/2.9 Macro. Some are with a borrowed Nikon 60mm Macro lens.

Thanks!

Aug 09 13 11:22 pm Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Christopher Hartman wrote:
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/380689_10150725254518753_962071039_n.jpg

My first confirmed sighting of a brown widow.  My house is surrounded by them.

Oooooooooh, so beautiful, love it!

The others are cool, too.  That butterfly is gorgeous!

Aug 09 13 11:24 pm Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Michael Broughton wrote:
ir and visible light.

Cool beans   smile

Aug 09 13 11:25 pm Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Here are some of the insects I came across in Costa Rica:

This is a banana spider (harmless to humans).

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/mrs_leavitt/Banana_Spider_small_zps4607a386.jpg


And here's the back side.

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/mrs_leavitt/Banana_Spider_Back_small_zpse3a99b3c.jpg


This is a huge moth--the wingspan is as large as my hand!

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/mrs_leavitt/Large_Moth_small_zps8566c9c7.jpg


A cool beetle I saw in the cloud forest.

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/mrs_leavitt/Long_Beetle_small_zpse6d5b655.jpg


And another one.

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/mrs_leavitt/Beetle_small_zps996cb11b.jpg

Aug 09 13 11:53 pm Link

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scrymettet

Posts: 32240

Quebec, Quebec, Canada

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-R711k4XlXEI/T5MHdUJnyBI/AAAAAAAAAEU/CT-voUcuJnQ/s720/IMGP2264.JPG

Aug 10 13 05:41 am Link

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scrymettet

Posts: 32240

Quebec, Quebec, Canada

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-avhr0qoUNTE/T5huSd9e-9I/AAAAAAAAAF8/5kUhmEog8ag/s640/IMGP2462.jpg

Aug 10 13 05:42 am Link

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Calli Pygian

Posts: 8092

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Yay, so happy!

Thank you to everyone who's shared so far, these are beautiful!

Aug 10 13 09:28 am Link

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Caradoc

Posts: 19740

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2548/3711922769_340d401fdd_z.jpg

Pull the "Original" version and you can see the moth's tongue descending into the flower.

Aug 13 13 12:22 pm Link

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Simmagination

Posts: 3129

Westminster, Maryland, US

Cute little blue dragonfly big_smile

https://sphotos-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/249401_232386980108248_6571129_n.jpg

Aug 30 13 06:04 pm Link