Spring, when a six-spotted tiger beetle's fancy turns to....
I haven't posted in a while, mainly because I haven't had anything I thought worthy of sharing. It's been so windy this spring that it's been nearly impossible to do any macro work. I finally got out yesterday afternoon and got a few decent shots. This amorous tiger beetle couple sort of fell onto the retaining wall next to the sidewalk where I was walking. I think they're such beautiful insects!
1. Nikon 60mm macro, ISO 800, 1/500 sec, f/8
2. Settings same as #1
3. Nikon 60 mm macro, ISO 800, 1/400, f/5.6
No need to CC this one--it's got some technical/editing issues. The spider is on a buttercup petal, so he was tiny. Amy--do you happen to know what kind of spider this is? It looks to be in the crab family but doesn't look like the yellow crab spider.
That first one is fantastic!! I like that better than #2 because the colours of the wall are warmer, brighter, and richer. In both, the beetles look amazing, though. I actually really dislike bug pictures normally -- so not a bug person! -- but #1 is just beautiful. The colours and the sheen on their backs and the texture are truly fantastic.
I LOVE tiger beetles!!! They are normally SO fast and hard to sneak up on, but when they're ummm....being amorous they are much easier I'm sure! Bwahahahahaha
There are so many types of them and the metallic & spotted ones are the best!
I will try to find out about the spider for you...I've never seen one exactly like that before.
Thanks, Amy! I think you nailed it. I googled it and the photos I found look just like my spider. He was tiny and wasn't very cooperative about getting on top of the flower. I kept "tickling" him with a blade of grass until I could get this shot.
I'm also VERY MUCH not a bug person. I actually had a spider hop onto my leg earlier (while pumping milk for my DS nonetheless)... My first reaction was to scream, jump, and spill the milk everywhere. My second reaction was, "Crap, why didn't I remain calm and grab my macro lens!"