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    I Love Licorice silver trophybronze trophy Datura's Avatar
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    Lubber

    This little fellow appeared right in front of my window yesterday. It is a Lubber Grass Hopper, a relatively common critter here in Florida. It is about 3 inches long. The babies come out of the ground as little black hoppers, they just have a bright yellow stripe on their side. When they grow mature and eat every leaf in sight, they look like this colorful toy.

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    Wow that's a great close-up. I need a camera that does that.

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    very cool
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    Thanks. I took it with portrait setting and I did sharpen in PS. It was quite a challenge to get him. He would run away and under things and I chased him through the bushes, bending branches, always having the camera ready in one hand. I was much clumsier than the lubber
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    Yeah! That's a beautiful shot!


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    This is an old photo that I scanned in. I stumbled on it and had to laugh. This cat was a big old Tomcat, he adapted us and fell in love with this broom. I cut the handle off so it became all his, and he sat and rolled and slept on it, he clawed it up until there was nothing left in the end


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    A stroll on the beach. The tidal pools were there from last night's storm and a laughing gull took advantage of it.

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    Some ducks from a park right across from where I work. I had some shots of 5+, but the background (water) wasn't very clean due to the amount of ducks swimming in the ponds here, so this was probably the nicest looking shot I had. Too bad too, the ducklings were rather cute following mom.



    WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK IV: The wasp taking out a...umm...brown thing. I got out of my car to take some photos of a flower garden in a different park near me and these things landed (kinda hard) next to myself and my mother who was also out for a ride with me. I said, "Oooh! NEAT!" She said, "Oh, gross! The poor thing!" I had to zoom in to actual pixel size in Photoshop from a 10 MP shot and crop the extra area (my zoom's not extra strong, though I was pretty close). Either way, the detail should be "OK". And here I thought wasps only fed on pollen - ha! (P.S. - I thought this was the "animal" thread, what's with the insects! I have plenty more bugs to show...was waiting for a topic.)



    My father wanted a purebred Ragdoll cat, he got two. He got 2 mixed breed cats (unknowingly), who are sisters. They're loving cats, but not up to the standards of the breed, and he hates making the decision but he's getting rid of one, if not both of them and getting a true purebred Ragdoll.

    Kitten to be returned #1 - Willow (Ragdoll mix)


    Kitten to be returned #2 - Panda (Ragdoll mix)
    They say, "Practice makes perfect," yet they also say, "Nobody's perfect". I don't get it.

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    Nice shots of those creatures there malikyte

    The wasp is probably laying an egg into the mole cricket, wasps do that often, they use life critters as hosts for their offspring..
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    This morning one of those little crab spiders built a web right by my entry door. They are abundant here in my garden. They never get bigger than about 1/2 inch. I have rescued many butterflies from their nets, but then I wonder if that is the right thing to do, They both live by what nature gives them, so I feel bad either way.

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    A little sea horse washed up by the waves.

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    Ulrike, you're amazing girl!! you should start a photolog! really...
    and that grasshopper is beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Tranquility View Post
    Ulrike, you're amazing girl!! you should start a photolog! really...
    and that grasshopper is beautiful!
    What a fine compliment Thank you so much.

    You know, it is the love for detail that lets me discover things that a lot of people just do not pay attention to. I should start a lot of things, I am so overwhelmed with this desire to do so many things at once.
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    For years now we have this night moth living in our garden shed. It is sleeping there in the daytime and fluttering out with swift speed at night. The wingspan is about 8 inches (about 20 cm), a huge thing. I do not know if it has been the same one all these years or offspring that has been imprinted with the location.

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    8" that's incredible!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ses5909 View Post
    8" that's incredible!!!!
    Yes, when it flies out it seems like a bat ! A bit unnerving actually
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    Squirrels in the city are so strange. They don't run away from people, they just stare you down...






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    ^ How delightful
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    Quote Originally Posted by Datura View Post
    I do not know if it has been the same one all these years or offspring that has been imprinted with the location.
    Unless I am mistaken all moths and butterflies are part of a rather short life-cycle, but I must admit to have one at the same place year after year would suggest the same one since when they lay eggs they lay thousands of them and why would only 1 return?

    I am a little mistified about this. It is still a beautiful specimen. Well captured Datura.
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    Very good shots Dan.

    These little furry guys are to me always so cute and lovely although for many people they are the worst of pests. I still think that they bring an air of tranquility to any park in a city. A little bit of real jungle in the concrete one.
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    Misty River

    While I am at it, I thought I would drop this pic in for your pleasure. I took is late in the afternoon with the following settings:

    Tv( Shutter Speed ) 4
    Av( Aperture Value ) 10.0
    Metering Mode Center-Weighted Average Metering
    Exposure Compensation 0
    ISO Speed 200
    Lens 18.0 - 55.0 mm
    Focal Length 18.0 mm

    One of my more creative pics - rather proud of it.
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    Misty River

    While I am at it, I thought I would drop this pic in for your pleasure. I took is late in the afternoon with the following settings:

    Tv( Shutter Speed ) 4
    Av( Aperture Value ) 10.0
    Metering Mode Center-Weighted Average Metering
    Exposure Compensation 0
    ISO Speed 200
    Lens 18.0 - 55.0 mm
    Focal Length 18.0 mm

    One of my more creative pics - rather proud of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Romuba View Post
    Unless I am mistaken all moths and butterflies are part of a rather short life-cycle, but I must admit to have one at the same place year after year would suggest the same one since when they lay eggs they lay thousands of them and why would only 1 return?

    I am a little mistified about this. It is still a beautiful specimen. Well captured Datura.
    I did read somewhere that some of these moth can live several years. And at one time in the past we had two of them living in the shed. One had a wing that was quite battered and fringed, was a bit smaller as well, it vanished. Now it is just the large one.

    I like your falling river shot…
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    Quote Originally Posted by Datura View Post
    Yes, when it flies out it seems like a bat ! A bit unnerving actually
    What is it about the South and insects? When I lived in Houston I saw cockroaches the size of my hand. Yuck!


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    Quote Originally Posted by WarpNacelle View Post
    What is it about the South and insects? When I lived in Houston I saw cockroaches the size of my hand. Yuck!
    Well, the closer you get to tropical climes, the bigger the insects are, the more you will have.

    Cockroaches the size of your hand? If that is true then they are not native but escaped or were set out by some pretty careless people.
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