Insects and Bugs

Green Stink Bug

09/07/13

A Collection of Stinky Stink Bugs

Over the past few years I have collected various macro photos of different bugs. A number of those bugs smell pretty terrible when disturbed or threatend. Here are a few of those stinky insects: Green Stink Bug (Family: Pentatomidae) Brown Stink... (Read more)

Ant with lunch

03/03/13

A Collection of Ants

Over the years, I have taken many macro shots, some being ants. Here are some of the shots  have taken mostly with a Canon 7D with a Raynox DCR250 filter attached to give a little amplification. 3mm Ant with its... (Read more)

Bee on purple flower

15/12/12

Bee on a Purple Flower

I have been trying out my 90mm Tamron Lens recently with my Canon 7D.  I had installed an alpha version of Magic Lantern onto it to see what could be achieved with it.  I was particularly interested in the trap... (Read more)

Praying Mantis Nymph

01/12/11

Praying Mantis Nymph

A beautiful Praying Mantis Nymph macro.

Sunflower Seed Bug

23/11/11

Sunflower Seed Bug

This Sunflower Seed Bug, Agonoscelis versicoloratus, was shot with a Tamron 70-300mm Macro lens with a Raynox DCR-250 converter lens for the amplification of the subject. They are pretty small insects, about 10 to 12mm in length. They feed mainly... (Read more)

Honey Bee

20/08/11

Honey Bee

Honey bees come from the family Apidae and its scientific name is Apis Mellifera. Honey bees range in sizes from around 13mm to 15mm in length. They are truely social insects and have a division of labour amoungst themselves. Their... (Read more)

Honey Bee Mimic

20/06/11

Honey Bee Mimic

The Honey Bee Mimic comes from the Family Syrphidae and the Order Diptera. It forms part of the Hover Fly Group with its scientific name being Eristalinus Taeniops. It is identified by being a medium sized bee mimic with black... (Read more)

Red Veined Dropwing DragonFly

18/06/11

Red Veined Dropwing DragonFly

These dragonflies are from the family Libellulidae. This particular specimen is Trithemis Arteriosa. They are widespread and common with a wingspan of around 58mm. This one is a dull orange colour probably indicating that it is a female. The males... (Read more)

Common Green Mantid

03/06/11

Common Green Mantid (Mantis) Head

This picture is a macro shot of a Common Green Mantid (Mantis) – Family Mantidae. Its scientific name is Sphodromantis Gastrica. These mantids have large bodies of about 55mm in length, they are robust and bright green. The females are... (Read more)

Elegant Grasshoppers

10/05/11

Elegant Grasshoppers

The Elegant Grasshopper – Zonocerus Elegans, from the family Pyrgomorphidae is a medium to large grasshopper with black antennae with orange rings. The head is mostly black with touches of blue, orange and yellow. These grasshoppers are classified as pests... (Read more)

Regal Blowfly

01/05/11

Regal Blowfly

The Regal Blowfly is a medium-sized fly (wingspan approx. 16mm) from the Calliphoridae family of flies. Its scientific name is Chrysomya Marginalis. It has an orange head, red eyes and a metallic green body. They are similar to the banded... (Read more)

Blue Dark Dropwing Dragonfly

28/04/11

Blue Dark Dropwing Dragonfly

A medium sized dragonfly with a wingspan of around 59mm. These dragonflies are from the family Libellulidae. Mature males are uniformly cobalt blue in colour and also have blue eyes. They are slow but very agile fliers and are most... (Read more)

Long Legged Fly

08/04/11

Long Legged Fly

The long-legged fly is from the dolichopodidae family. They make up a large family of true flies with more than 7,000 described species in about 230 genera distributed worldwide. They are small and bristly with long strong legs. They are... (Read more)

Delta Hottentottum - Potter Wasp

04/04/11

Potter Wasp Delta Hottentottum

Potter wasps and mason wasps come from the family Eumenidae, Order:Hymenoptera. This one’s scientific name is Delta Hottentottum. They are currently treated as a subfamily of paper wasps (vespidae). They are distinguishable from paper wasps by their long mandibles, that... (Read more)

Bee Fly

27/03/11

Bee Fly Macro

This Bee Fly was found flying around my house trying to get back out into the great outdoors, but to no avail. I took this opportunity to use my Canon MPE65 lens again to see if I could get a... (Read more)

Robber Fly

24/03/11

Robber Fly

The Robber fly is from the order Diptera, Family Asilidae. They are predators to other bugs and are always wanting to devour large quantities of food. They mostly prey on other insects and are capable of attacking and killing bees,... (Read more)

Dragonfly Eyes Macro

01/03/11

Dragonfly Eyes Macro

Macro close-up of a male Red Veined Dragonfly’s eyes. The female is a dull orange colour. This specimen is Trithemis Arteriosa from the family Libellulidae.

Midge

24/02/11

Midge

The midge is from the family Chironomidae. They are often mistaken for mosquitoes, but tend to have very poorly developed mouth-parts, so biting is not possible. The adults of many of these species don’t even feed. They are often found... (Read more)

Red Veined Dropwing Dragonfly

23/02/11

Red Veined Dropwing Dragonfly

These dragonflies are from the family Libellulidae. This particular specimen is Trithemis Arteriosa. They are widespread and common with a wingspan of around 58mm. This one is a dull orange colour probably indicating that it is a female. The males... (Read more)

Bee Fly

21/02/11

Bee Fly

This bee fly was taken at van Stadens Flower Reserve outside Port Elizabeth. Its technical name is Australoechus Hirus and comes from the family Bombyliidae. These make a loud humming noise in flight. They usually settle on sand and live... (Read more)

Thread Waisted Wasp

20/02/11

Thread waisted Wasp

The Thread-waisted Wasp ( Ammophila ferrugineipes ) is about 19-28mm in length with a very long waist which is at least twice as long as the rest of it abdomen. According to Wikipedia, its body design resembles a Sikorsky Skycrane... (Read more)

Flys Eyes

18/02/11

Flys Eyes

This is a macro shot of a fly’s compound eyes. This is Sarcophaga haemorrhoidalis the flesh eating fly. This fly often breeds in faeces and is often a transportation medium for diseases. Sarcophagidae is the dipteran family commonly known as... (Read more)

Baby Praying Mantis

13/02/11

Baby Praying Mantis

From the order Mantodea, these insects are normally large and predatory. They are easily recognized by their spiny fore legs,the triangle shaped head and their posture which makes them look like they are praying. This one is a baby and... (Read more)

Shield Bug

12/02/11

Shield Bug

These bugs are from the Hemiptera order and commonly referred to as shield bugs, chust bugs, and stink bugs. They have glands in their thorax between the first and second pair of legs which produce a foul smelling liquid. They... (Read more)

Tiny Leaf Hopper Nymph

08/02/11

Tiny Leafhopper Nymph

Leafhoppers are part of the family Cicadellidae. Leafhoppers have piercing-sucking mouthparts, enabling them to feed on plant sap. A leafhoppers’ diet commonly consists of sap from a wide and diverse range of plants.

Green Leaf Hopper

22/01/11

Green Leaf Hopper

The name Leaf Hopper is the common name applied to any species from the family Cicadellidae. Leafhoppers, colloquially known as hoppers, are minute plant-feeding insects belonging to the order Homoptera. There are found all over the world and there are... (Read more)

Pachnoda Beetle

14/01/11

Pachnoda Beetle

Pachnoda fissipuncta aemula is the real name for this beetle. Its family name is Cetonidae. They eat flowers and fruit mainly.

Dragonfly Eyes

05/01/11

Dragonfly Eyes

An excellent macro shot from Zane of a dragonfly’s head. Great Detail.

Assassin Bug

03/01/11

Assassin Bug

These Bugs belong to family Reduviidae. They have very painful bites. This bug kills many garden pests including flies, mosquitoes, beetles and large caterpillars. It benefits people because it eats many non-beneficial insects that are pests to farmers and gardeners.... (Read more)

Common Backswimmer

26/12/10

Common Backswimmer

If you were wondering what swimming bugs in pool water normally are, here’s a little information. Their technical name is Anisops. These little swimmers tend to colonize swimming pools, vleis and dams. Although they are swimming insects, they fly at... (Read more)

Bee Fly

21/12/10

Bee Fly 2

These are flies from the Bombyliidae family of insects. They are a large family of flies and their life cycles are not well known to many studying these insects. They generally feed on nectar and pollen and thus pollinate flowers... (Read more)

Bee Fly

21/12/10

Bee Fly 1

These are flies from the Bombyliidae family of insects. They are a large family of flies and their life cycles are not well known to many studying these insects. They generally feed on nectar and pollen and thus pollinate flowers... (Read more)

Water Scorpion

20/12/10

Water Scorpion

Water Sorpions are aquatic insects that are found all over the world. They belong to the order Hemiptera (true bugs) and sub-order Heteroptera. They are about one to two inch in length. Water scorpions have two pairs of wings and... (Read more)

Black Carpenter Ant

19/12/10

Black Carpenter Ant

Thanks to Zane for sending me this pic to post. As usual a stunning macro shot from his DCR250 Raynox and Panasonic DMC FZ50 Camera combination.

Bee Mimic

13/11/10

Bee Mimic

These insects are actually flies, and they are well disguised. In people’s minds you don’t go near wasps and bees in case you get stung, but these mimics are actually harmless and we leave them alone because of what they... (Read more)

Daisy with Ornate Checkered Beetle

06/11/10

Daisy with Ornate Checkered Beetle

Not too sure if this is the correct description for this beetle, but it looks the same.

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