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Old Apr 30, 2010, 5:51 AM   #1
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I came across this bumble bee a while back, snapped some quick shots and then noticed a brown spot below its head.
So I tried to get a closer look at it, and now I really feel sorry for the critter.


(all with a k20d + kiron 105mm - f13 - iso100 (except nr1 = 280) - 1/125s)










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Old Apr 30, 2010, 6:08 AM   #2
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Hi Ronny

Welcome back!! Great Shots!!

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Great shots Ronny. What are those ? Ticks ?
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Old Apr 30, 2010, 11:52 AM   #4
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Thanks Phil, glad to be back.
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Thanks Frogfish, and they're ticks. Luckily not the kind we can get. Most of the larger insects carry a few of them around, but I never had seen one carrying such a collection.
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Hey Ronny,
I was just thinking about you the other day and wondered why we hadn't heard from you.
Awesome macro's! It never ceases to amaze me the things we see when taking macro shot that we'd never see in a normal shot. Good job!
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Poor fellow (and I'm not usually sympathetic to bees of any sort). I don't think I ever realized that insects might have their own ticks and parasites that they have to deal with. I wonder if there's a smaller parasite that lives on the ticks that live on the bees? In any case, brilliant pictures!
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Hi Ronny,

Good to see you posting -- it's been a while!

Some really good extreme macros!

Somehow, it's strangely comforting to realize that bugs that can bug me can also be bugged by bugs -- did I really write that???? This is the first time I've seen shots of this, but now that I've committed to shoot more critters, I might start seeing a lot of firsts.

Don't be a stranger. I always like seeing what you're up to.


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Poor fellow (and I'm not usually sympathetic to bees of any sort). I don't think I ever realized that insects might have their own ticks and parasites that they have to deal with. I wonder if there's a smaller parasite that lives on the ticks that live on the bees? In any case, brilliant pictures!
Getting a little philosophical ???? . . . and will the little parasites on the ticks have their own parasites. . . until the smallest ones can only be bothered by the air molecules that smack into them. . . and will we have to start demanding dedicated 1000:1 macro lenses to photograph them? I already want one -- LBA will not be denied!

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Thank GW,

I needed a cooldown period on the web, and have in that time stopped with flickr/facebook/some forums/... and more of that social media stuff.

So now after the cooldown period I'm picking up where I left with one forum (the one I first joined and still love to hang out on) and plan not to expand.

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Old May 1, 2010, 7:52 AM   #9
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thanks Harriet,

and I don't think there are tics eating on these small ones, but I'm sure there are some fungi that do. Last year I first noticed insects that live on larger insects and I'm still amazed with the difference in size that exists.

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Thanks Scott

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bugs that can bug me can also be bugged by bugs
really love the way you put it.

Planning to stay

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