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Old Jan 22, 2011, 3:39 PM   #1
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Default Lady Bug in the kitchen

This one has been hanging out in the house plants for the past few weeks.

Shot with Sony A550 with 90mm Tamron macro at f/2.8

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Old Jan 23, 2011, 11:30 PM   #2
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Quick! Hide the Aphids! Nice close up shot of this critter.
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Old Jan 23, 2011, 11:40 PM   #3
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Interesting that Americans call these ladybugs, whereas the British call them ladybirds. I think the American name is more apt.
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Technically, a ladybug/bird is a beetle, not a bug so that means everyones wrong
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Old Jan 26, 2011, 7:12 PM   #5
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I wasn't aware that "bug" had a defined meaning.....
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My old biology used to tell us "All bugs are insects but all insects aren't bugs".

BTW - an excellent shot of the the Ladybug!!


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A bug is an insect of the order Hemiptera, known as the true bugs.


Hemiptera (pronounced /hɛˈmɪptərə/) is an order of insects most often known as the true bugs (cf. bug), comprising around 50,000–80,000 species[2] of cicadas, aphids, planthoppers, leafhoppers, shield bugs, and others. They range in size from 1 millimetre (0.039 in) to around 15 centimetres (5.9 in), and share a common arrangement of sucking mouthparts.[3] Sometimes the name true bugs is applied more narrowly still to insects of the suborder Heteroptera only.[4]
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Old Jan 31, 2011, 11:15 AM   #7
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Bug or beetle, doesn't look much like a lady up close, does she..?
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Good closeoup portrait of a beetle face!.

We call them Lady Beetles or Ladybird Beetles - what's in a name?

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Bug or beetle, doesn't look much like a lady up close, does she..?
The larvae look even less so:

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Old Feb 7, 2011, 1:56 PM   #9
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I don't think I have ever seen its larvae, wonder, how small is it?
looks tiny here. nice colors, though.

So, to go back to the question at hand...
If I wanted to take a macro photo, but, didn't want to get up close and personal, what would be a good focal length? How close up would it be a macro of? meaning how many hairs would I be able to count on a grasshoppers legs.
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Assuming you don't want to go beyond 1:1, I've read excellent reports of the Canon 100 f2.8 macro. Not ideal if you don't shoot Canon, of course . The working distance of that lens is enough to avoid focussing and lighting problems. I've used a borrowed copy and it's on my list for future acquisition.

Also for Canon, if you want to go beyond 1:1 the obvious choice is the MP-E 65mm, which can go up to 5:1. But now you're very close to the subject (about 10") and the camera pretty well has to be on a suitable tripod, and you really need a ring flash. Big money all told, even though the actual lens is the same price as the IS version of the 100mm f2.8. And this lens has no use other than as a close-up macro lens, whereas the 100 f2.8 can also be used as a regular 100mm lens.

I wonder if anyone here has used the 100mm f2.8 macro lens with extension tubes.....
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