Maternal Instinct

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Recently, I hung a log in the garden, sheltered from the elements and drilled with varying sized holes for all the different flying creatures that pass this way.

    This is one creature that I haven't otherwise see except in the wild, and they keep coming back, generation after generation. It's a job keeping the ubiquitous black ant off it and from pillaging the nest sites - but not impossible.

    They are very shy and only really approachable when absorbed in sealing the nest. Otherwise they are going in or coming out. Sometimes they sleep inside and guard with their rear or front. I am waiting for the next generation now.

    They are called Megachille but probably also a resin bee, given their use of it in building their nests.

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    And this is the entrance to a small native wasp nest, on another log nearby.
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  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
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    Bob
    I am always in awe of your macro photos. Incredible! :2thumbs:
     
  3. blue

    blue Mu-43 Veteran

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    These are superb Mark. Really interesting to see them taking the resin like that.
     
  4. silver92b

    silver92b Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2013
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    Fabulous work! I am awed.
     
  5. Rrexy

    Rrexy Mu-43 Rookie

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    Randy
    Incredible shots Mark -
    Lighting is superb!

    Randy
     
  6. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Patrick
    Great lighting and awesome shots! The first shot gives me the goosebumps! :eek:
     
  7. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
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    What he said! :smile:
     
  8. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
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    What he said about what he said! :smile:

    Amazing shots!
     
  9. trstenjak

    trstenjak Mu-43 Regular

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    May 13, 2012
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    Tadej Trstenjak
    Arrrrgh, it's winter here (N hemisphere) and no insects at all - I envy you :)

    Excellent photos - Nr. 4 is winner for me.
     
  10. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    I second Thomas in concurring with RT who totally agreed with Bob ....I too think your images are awesome Mark.
     
  11. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Ha! Too kind folks. It's fish in a barrel when you know the bits to do ... :)
     
  12. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Keep the chain of awe going!

    Also, just really thrilled you shared this pic here. There was a time when you could only see this kind of subject and quality shots once a month (or less) in National Geographic, and here we have it on our little site. Thanks!
     
  13. 67DGS

    67DGS Mu-43 Regular

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    I concur with everyone, great pics!
     
  14. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks guys, appreciated ...
     
  15. Lindsay D

    Lindsay D Mu-43 Veteran

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    Lindsay
    Stunning shots Mark, greatly appreciated not just for their beauty and skilled execution but also for the fact that without images like those we would have no idea of what these small creatures actually look like. Fascinating, thank you for sharing.
     
  16. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks Lindsay, appreciated ... It's a sign of the times we are looking close at the small creatures, maybe since most of the big ones are now gone. And if we don't stop ...

     
  17. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
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    Sam
    Ive said it before and ill say it again, you should get paid for what you do Mark
     
  18. luiztakei

    luiztakei Mu-43 Regular

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    Luiz
    Hi Mark! Very impressive photos!

    I know nothing about macro photography. Could you tell me a little bit how to take such photos?
     
  19. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks Sam but there just isn't the market that I can tap. It would be nice to make a few bob at it but I have enough anyway to do what I enjoy.

    Thanks Luiz. Sure, but not a little. Have a look at my sig, or here - Macro Illustrated | Nature's Place for the rundown. The way I do it anyway.

    Best ...