The first time I saw these ants in Australia I was just plain impressed as my homeland does not have an equivalent. Naturally I went in as close as I could to try to get some detailed photographs:
I was really pleased to finally see one of these wasps actually chilling on a plant, at a height I could photograph it and at a reasonable distance. While these aren’t the best shots in the world, I was still happy with the resolution and detail of the wasp – which is about 5″ or so in length.
These wonderfully colored moths, called Tiger Moths, are some of my favourite animals to photograph. For one thing, they tend to sit nice and still so you can get very close to them. Even with this happy trait, mostly I just think they look absolutely adorable.
Also, if you want some hot moth action, click on below…
I noticed this very large beetle while going to a mall one day and had to take some photos. It was actually a bit of a lucky find at first, but of course once I knew what to look for I soon noticed where to regularly find these guys: Buried in large flowers! It’s a pretty cute and lovely bug, which happily posed for several photographs (including on my hand).
The only thing I regret is that despite my (near) infinite patience, this insect would just not open up its wings for me to get a shot of them. Next time I find one I shall carefully observe it to see if it will give me an open wing shot.
One of my favourite things about photography is capturing hard to get subjects or exposing details on smaller creatures. In this particular case, I was very lucky to photograph this small blue dragonfly at a billabong (enclosed reedy pond here in Australia). Even though it looks large in the photographs, this fellow or lady is actually really small: Only about 1″ long and incredibly thin (well under 0.5cm wide). Unfortunately they also had a degree of paranoia inversely proportional to the tiny size: Any approach that disturbed a leaf or reed would be met with a quick retreat.
While wandering past a fence on my way to my scheduled weekend roleplays, I happened to notice something hiding under some leaves near a fence. After investigating, it turned out to be one of these interestingly colored insects: A Capricorn Beetle. The most notable thing about this fellow is the long sinuous antennae coming off the top of the head.
Some gremlins seem to have struck the guild and ensured that bugging about Friday was found thoroughly drunk on a park bench, having turned up a full day late to work. Our top men and women are looking into the issue now…
Of the various flying stinging things that I have seen in Australia, only this impressively sized hornet (about 6″ or so) gives me any real pause when I try to photograph it:
Thankfully this one was so busy digging up dirt to later regurgitate to make its nest that I could get close enough (but not too close) to get a couple of nice shots.
Once while wandering around taking photographs, I noticed this strange thing peeking out behind a wall of silk in this tube. Confused, because it definitely didn’t look like a spider, I started to have a poke at it where it promptly ran away.
Naturally I had to find out what this thing was.
One of the best things about always wandering around with a camera and paying attention between the places I photograph, in this case a trip to the mangrove swamp in Port Macquarie, is finding some unexpected subjects. This Mantis was hanging out – as they often do – on a tree doing their best impression of being a stick. It might not be clear from this photograph, but this particular mantis was about 5″ or so long and so trying to fool me they were a stick was a bit of a futile effort.