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Old Aug 22, 2010, 8:17 PM   #1
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Default The western conifer seed bug

These aren't anything special but, I had to give it a try. It was twice the size
of any of other conifer bugs I've seen.
first one shot with the DA55-300 + Raynox 250, the others with two 50mm primes with one reversed.





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Old Aug 23, 2010, 3:20 AM   #2
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I like them John - lots of detail in there and I've never seen this bug before !

oooh Raynox 250 on the 55-300 (I've just bought one) - something new to try !
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Great shots fella!

Never seen one of those either, I keep saying I will but never do, but gotta get one of those Raynox's!
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Thanks, Kev & Ash.
Glad you like them. Always happy to introduce others to a new species.
These turned out OK but,I'm not real happy with the results. I think I could have done better if I'd taken my time and used better lighting but, I was in a hurry. Next time I promise better photos
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Nice work with the doubled up 50's. The field of view is small but the results are outstanding.

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Thank you Lou,
Yeah, one of the things I find myself doing with that set-up, is accidentally turning
the aperture ring on the reversed lens and making the vignetting even worse.
BTW, in case anyone is wondering why the strange background pattern on the last photo, its from the thread pattern of the cloth I used for a backdrop. In the printing biz its called a morette pattern caused when two or more screens 9used for half tones) are used one on top of the other but, the dots don't line up with each other causing the different pattern. In case of the photo above, I focus stacked 3 photos
to get better overall focus and the blended photos produced these results.
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I'm quite impressed with the Raynox and of course the 55-300mm ...excellent pix.

That's quite a fearsome looking insect, up close. Never seen one before. Do they destroy conifer seeds ?

Are they regarded as a pest or an insect that is more beneficial.
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Is this the same setup that Harriet mentioned before, a reversed lens in front of a normal orientated lens?

Do they need to be the same focal length? I have a 50mm and a 28mm (which apparently is great for macro when reversed)

Can you give us a quick rundown of the kit you need, wouldn't mind trying this if the rings (or whatever) aren't too expensive.

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Great photos GW - really showcase your skills and the "cute little" bug as well!
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I'm quite impressed with the Raynox and of course the 55-300mm ...excellent pix.

That's quite a fearsome looking insect, up close. Never seen one before. Do they destroy conifer seeds ?

Are they regarded as a pest or an insect that is more beneficial.

Not to be critical, as these are great shots, but I don't think is is a Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus), but a related Leaf-footed Bug of another Genus (Acanthocephala). In particular note the shape of the "leaf" on the tibia (second visible segment) of the hind leg. The Western Conifer Seed Bug is a Western species that has spread into the Upper Midwest and Northeast, but if it has reached south into Florida, it is only recently. Both of these bugs are considered pests. There are about a dozen species of these in the US; GW's may be this one (took me a while to find it). This one is a pest of citrus, not conifers:

http://hochmanphotography.com/2010/0...g-big-cypress/
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