Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Mostly Macros

Still cleaning out my hard drive. I plan to take as many photos in 2014 (Lord willing) and my Mac is getting a little full—kinda like me on Thanksgiving Day. Time to purge and make room! Photos taken in July and August, 2013.
Edited to add: Common Housefly
Thanks, Linda, for asking!

This bottle fly is either eating something or about to deposit an egg sac.

Is this an immature grackle? Not sure.

Assassin bug eating a bottle fly.

Mealybug. Cute like a poodle, but deadly for plants. :/

Cute little jumping spider. 

Monarch caterpillar?
Black swallowtail - thanks, Kim!
Linking with Our World Tuesday.

33 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

That 2nd image of the fly is outstanding!!!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I can't believe the visit detail you capture in some of these pics! Especially the fly!

Beth Edwards said...

love the fly & the caterpillar. close-up's ... awesome!! ( :

Gunilla Bäck said...

Stunning photos! I need to do the same or at least move some older stuff to another device.

beth said...

whoa...i feel a little itchy from all of these amazing photos !!! WOW

Shug said...

Hey girl....lovin this new look that you are sporting! looks great!
I'm thankful that you are able to get up close with these gorgeous insects. Who would ever think of them having such beautiful coloring.
Each one is so unique!!
Have a happy Tuesday...
Shug

ladyfi said...

Wow- breath-taking shots! Love the fly's rainbow wings.

K V V S MURTHY said...

Wonderful captures!

Linda said...

Is that first one a common housefly? Amazing detail. And the colors in the bottle fly...who knew? Even with my dislike of all spiders, and especially the jumping kind, I can still appreciate the great shot of that little guy. But don't do it again. :)

Karen said...

Fabulous macros Gail! It's amazing to see these creatures close up. That bottle fly is beautifully coloured!

Anita Johnson said...

Wow! These bugs are some of the more colorful ones I have ever seen! Super detail!The caterpillar is not a monarch, but I am not sure what it is...I too am cleaning out my files....they add up quickly!

TexWisGirl said...

really awesome, gail! your macro skills amaze me! :)

Bill said...

Outstanding macro shots! And I do believe that is a Grackle.

Hilary said...

You are the queen of macros for sure. There's so much detail and clarity in these bug shots. The bird is absolutely a grack. If he stuck his tongue out at you, I'd say he's also immature. ;)

hootnonny said...

Keep cleaning and posting! The colors on that pesky fly are amazing!

Come see me and we'll go to The Cove.

Lady Lilith BloodCrave said...

Nice macros. Keep on shooting. You only get better with each shot. I love the closeups of the flies.

stiefbeen said...

geweldig prachtige opname,s heerlijk om naar te kijken.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Once more great photos….Love them all, but the flies and mealy bug. The only good fly or mealy bug is a dead one. Is that Assassin bug native?

Parsley for the caterpillar…if you plant it they will come (and lay eggs). Dianne

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I'm a week behind!!
Aren't flies amazing!! I don't like them - but they are amazing!! We have observed them under the microscope in class and the hairs they have that stick out and the veins in their wings!
I do like the assassin bug for eating the fly!! Interesting mealybug!! Is this the insect that leaves the powder behind and when I see them on a leaf, I try to to squish it??? And they hop off?? Interesting up close!
You always take amazing photos!! Neat 4 eyed spider and the caterpillar looks like a soft leather sofa that you could sink into!! Great shots!!

Kleine Waldameise said...

Fascinating photos are the back. You have to look closely to see all the details. All the wonders of nature.

Greetings in the evening
von der Waldameise

Evelyn S. said...

Oh my word! These are unbelievable, Gail! Beautiful, too.

Kim Stevens said...

Great shot of that fly, and I'm not sure if anyone else commented but the caterpillar is a Black swallowtail caterpillar, another great shot!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful macros.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous shots! You've got me wanting a dedicated macro lens. The detail is just amazing!

eileeninmd said...

Gail, cool series of insects and awesome macro shots. Have a happy week!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Surely you don't mean you're going t throw these pictures away do you? Or do you? They are so wonderful. Your macros really do what Laura over on her meme says they are supposed to do .. make us see the beauty that others might just pass by.

Pallavi said...

The macros are stunning Gail :) I love how colorful the wings of the fly look . Whenever I see your pictures I just realize how beautiful god s creations are whether big or small :) splendid captures .

bailey-road.com said...

Your macro shots are wonderful, Gail.

Mitzi said...

oh my goodness...that Black swallowtail is gorgeous! Wonderful images as always...

Amy Burzese said...

Wonderful as usual. Don't you just love capturing tiny little creatures. BTW, I bought myself a sweet present this week.

Helma said...

Macro I find beautiful to do Gail and you also leave here a fine example of seeing photography :-)
a hug

Stephanie said...

WHOA, stunning! The spider is....creepy :) I love your photos, dear Gail, They are so clear and vivid. Blessings!

Linda R said...

Oh my stars... Just look at these macro shots. LOVE them all..

Hugs~