Fly Catcher

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© Barbara Thurlow
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Photo Info
UploadedFebruary 2, 2013
TakenJune 5, 2012
MakeSony
ModelDSLR-A500
Exposure1/160 sec at f/13
FlashCompulsory Flash
Focal Length180 mm
ISO200
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This is a zelus luridus, one of several assassin bug species I've found and photographed in my yard.

Unlike many other assassin bugs which have heavy, claw-like forelimbs (similar to the praying mantids and ambush bugs) the zelus luridus has forelimbs covered with tiny hairs that secrete a sticky substance...making them ace fly catchers.

12 responses

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson   gave props (2 Feb 2013):

    I feel as if you've granted access to a whole new world with your insect images. Wonderful stuff.

  • Barbara Thurlow

    Barbara Thurlow said (2 Feb 2013):

    Thanks, Ted...I am glad you appreciate them.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (2 Feb 2013):

    I agree totally with Ted! Some of the best macro work I've seen!

  • Ram Baires

    Ram Baires gave props (2 Feb 2013):

    WOW

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (2 Feb 2013):

    Nasty neighborhood for the little fellows; yet another truly startling shot.

  • Jim Bennett

    Jim Bennett   gave props (3 Feb 2013):

    Beautiful capture

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith said (3 Feb 2013):

    I agree with Ted and the others. I never thought I'd look forward to seeing more insect pictures, but can't wait to see what you post next.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (3 Feb 2013):

    I must be redundant and agree with Ted! Outstanding macro images, love these bugs!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (3 Feb 2013):

    I agree with everyone.....your work is beyond compare!!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (3 Feb 2013):

    death in Technicolor--love it

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (3 Feb 2013):

    Nice Catch for the both of you...

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (4 Feb 2013):

    Fantastic! Love your work!

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