Saturday, September 29, 2007

Wasp jaws

This wasp is from a different family than the one that made a gorgeous meal out of a poor caterpilar in previous post. But look at it's jaws!. Now I understand why it was so easy for the wasp to grab a pice of machaon's steak and fly avay so quikly.

The same wasp surprised me when it licked a rosemary flower. Where can it hide such huge tonge? and look at it's end, what are this antenna for?

Nature is amazing and we are destroying it all, so fast...


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Death in the fennel

I was following a beautiful Caterpillar of papilo machaon. I was fantasizing on finding it's pupa and view life it's butterfly's birth. I even took a high macro picture of one of its tiny spiracle that they use to breath. I was amazed when accidentally I found the osmeterium, the most bizarre defense organ I've eve seen. That Sunday, the osmeterium failed and a wasp that was scrutinizing the fennel up and down ended with my friend's life as well as with my illusions.
Master Free-Koh would bring 'Confucius' on board and talk about the rights of the wasp to exist. In any case, since that day that I took this picture I hate wasps!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Praying mantis cleaning its antenna

Mom found this beauty in the garden. Conscious of my recent passion for taking pictures of insects she kept it in a box so I could take it on stage and run a photo shoot.

I wonder about the black spot they have on the eyes. This spot moves depending were they look at. Does anyone know how this composed eyes work?


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

What is this?

Is this a painting from Miró?

Who's this mouth with black lips?

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Fight between a spider and a wasp

This could had been the picture of my life, a spider chasing a wasp or the other way around. Who knows. Anyway I got two amazing creatures in emotion action. I got the perfect ring with this white flower rich in details... But I failed with the focal plane that doesn't include the wasp. I keep saying to myself, -If at least I had the aperture to f12 instead of f5...
Why perfection is so unreachable?

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Bombylius Major landing on a flower

This graceful creature is commonly called a bee fly, as it feeds on nectar and pollen. It's color and shape can resemble also a bee. But if you find any, there aren't many but it's not rare. You will see that it's gracious flight it's very different than the 'hurry up' type of flight of a bee. Bombylius flight is that of a weight less nymph that even when lays down seems like it doesn't touch the ground. You have to experience it. Can't be explained.

The picture was taken in the Parc natural del Cadi i Serra del Moixeró