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boBBrennan Jun 19, 2013 8:39 AM

........bug-huntin with the P3 & FT 35mm MACRO
This was the first time this year that I've gone looking for bugs. I went to my favorite city park with a sunflower field and where bugs are prolific.

It is a few weeks early as the wild-seed sunflowers are only beginning, but this is the only place I have found the Wheel-Bug and I was not disappointed this trip, I found two (2) of them. One day I am hoping to find a Wheel Bug nymph, before the exo-skeleton and with the read abdomen.

They are nasty attitude creatures and one does not want to be hit by a flying Wheel Bug attack that I read is somewhat like a bumblebee sting which I have endured twice and NEVER again want that.

Anyway, one thing for sure is that I need to get out some more with the adventure because I need to again find the feel for using the 35 mm and the FT 70-300 with EX-25. These are from the E-P3 with adapted FT 35mm MACRO.

Here are a couple bug shots from the sunflower patch.

.......just a TINY bug!

....this was for the sunflower, I saw the bug when PPing the file.

SammyKhalifa Jun 19, 2013 10:00 AM

Those are great! The first two maybe look "best" to me (though I like the last one as a photo more, if that makes sense).

boBBrennan Jun 19, 2013 10:05 AM

....thanks Sammy, it does make sense and was my intention

Wheel Bug from same location last year but with the FT 70-300 on the P3

Greg Chappell Jun 19, 2013 10:18 AM

I can picture how close you were needing to be in order to get shots like that with the 35mm macro! It's interesting examining those wheel bugs up close like that. Good thing they aren't spooked off when you get up so close.

Looks like a place worth trekking to one of the next weekends or two.

Steven R Jun 19, 2013 7:44 PM

Hey Bob: those are cool shots. Good job.

(I have to admit that I have never heard of Wheel Bugs.)

SammyKhalifa Jun 19, 2013 8:44 PM


Originally Posted by Steven R (Post 1350015)
Hey Bob: those are cool shots. Good job.

(I have to admit that I have never heard of Wheel Bugs.)

Not sure how anybody can sleep at night if they know THOSE THINGS are outside. :D

James Emory Jun 20, 2013 10:07 AM

Great shots Bob and that horny type bug sure looks mean.

boBBrennan Jun 20, 2013 10:49 AM

The Wheel Bug at 1+ inches and with a 'straw' beak to inject toxic matter dissolving fluid is not to be bitten by AND James, the suckers are mean.

This attack on a Praying Mantis shows how dominate they can be to other insects. Humans need to just not aggravate them and usually all will be well, buuuutttt..............

James Emory Jun 20, 2013 10:58 AM

Wow, very aggressive. Glad we don't have those around here.

KulaCube Jun 20, 2013 11:49 AM

That beast is most interesting and frightening. Bob, thank you for such sharp clear images of the bug, and it's biting/stinging parts. Between your shots of bugs and Greg's snakes, compelling reasons not to venture out and about in your part of the world are coming into focus

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