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Old Oct 9, 2007, 12:31 AM   #1
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This Stick Bug suprised me the other day. Actually it like to have scared the daylights out of me as it was on my shoulder. I caught it and but it in a light box for this shot.


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Old Oct 9, 2007, 12:40 AM   #2
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Stick insect — we have them here, too.

The really big ones are quite rare — I've seen only two or three in the last twenty years.

Usually they are camouflaged to look exactly like a dead twig, which is about their only defence from predators.
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Old Oct 9, 2007, 2:31 AM   #3
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This is only the second one I've ever seen. It was almost 5 inches long. Thought it would make an interesting post.

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Nice capture of this interesting critter. I like your composition.
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Old Oct 9, 2007, 9:31 AM   #5
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Thanks tinosa. This is the first time I've tried a light box and I don't like the paper I can see behind the leaves I put in. I guess that's the way we learn though.

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Interesting. What sort of light box do you use Don, is it like a light tent?
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Old Oct 10, 2007, 11:04 AM   #7
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I was looking at one to buy but I just cut top and two sides out of a 12" sq. box leaving a frame about 1" wide on each side and covered the 10"sq. opening with thin white paper my wife uses for stuffing on gift wraped items. Them I placed lights on either side and used the light above my kitched table for the top light and put the green paper in behing the leaves I brought in. I think itmight have looked better with a light blue paper. It seems to work but I'll need to get used to it.

Being crippled up the way I am I can't really chase an insect around the yard so I thought I'd try to catch them and use the box. This was my first try.

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I have seen a few stick-ers, but this one is real big. Good capture.
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We dont have them but, as you said, they sure are interesting. That's a really good shot of it.
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Thanks for the info Don, you get great results with that set-up. I find tabletop photography is great when the weather is bad and your shutter finger is itchin'. :-)
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