Amazing! I've never seen anything like that. He's ready to fight...Not a very inviting looking insect:
Thanks. I wasn’t about to provoke it, with that one very menacing mandible. He was already in this position when I found him. I think he was hoping to nab a skipper.Amazing! I've never seen anything like that. He's ready to fight...
Edit: I googled trying to identify it: it looks like a "wheel bug" (Arilus cristatus) I think (also called "Sail-back Dinosaur Bug":
Ken, all your last series are just mind-blowing. Beautiful in lighting and wonderful background. And just perfect in composition. It's a real pleasure to look at them.
Walter thx for the comp. I use a 105mm macro and a 300mm f/4. Also I use a flash most of the time. I also use a tripod. On my 300 i usually shoot at f/9, 200 shutter. On my 105 it usually winds up at f/13--f/16 at 200 shutter. Its a lot tougher using the 105 as the little buggers are jumpy---try to get two feet close up. My 300mm gives me a 4-5 ft distance. That 300mm is really the cats meow. I can usually sit out in the yard and wait for dragons to come to me. They are quite predictable ---they seem to have their own branch and territory staked out. If I can be of any help let me know.Ken, all your last series are just mind-blowing. Beautiful in lighting and wonderful background. And just perfect in composition. It's a real pleasure to look at them.
Btw, how do you manage to come that close to these extremely shy creatures? With the 1.8/75mm I never come close enough. But I love that lens as you get them in their usual habitat.