Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Mediterranean Tarantula

Lycosa tarentula ?
Tarantulas don't eat tomatoes. They don't wait for a pray there too. I artificially placed this beautiful specimen over this red pair of tomatoes. Is there something more Mediterranean?

Err... didn't tomatoes came from the new world? then why they are so linked to the Mediterranean diet?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Grasshopper, Walking Stick or something in between

This, even if it looks like a picture, in reality it's the combination of four pictures in one. Yes, I love pictures with a tight depth of field and this has a price to pay: most of my best shoots don't have some key details in focus. To solve this I typically take my best shoot and I crop some details from different pictures.

Is this a 'hideous fake' or a better way to reflect the photographer's vision?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

But still, some of them survive

This huge butterfly, maybe 10 cm tail to tail, I believe is a Papilio Machaon. The butterfly that comes out of the pupae made by the Caterpillar I've been talking in last posts.

Even with a huge base of predators some of them survive to pass the genes to the next generation.
Picture was taken in Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Osmeterium, a caterpillar weapon

See in this picture the Osmeterium of the papilio machaon. We found by chance about this fleshy organ when with my brother we wanted to place the caterpillar of the picture on a fennel branch. The caterpillar quickly bended back and opened this antenna that include 'gland cells'. No wonder why it grows that much!.

I know the picture is really bad, but I didn't want to bother the poor caterpillar just that an amateur insect reported could capture a perfect shoot.