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_MG_6261 Something out of Science Fiction

_MG_6261 Something out of Science Fiction

Pretty respectable closeup from a non-macro lens, huh? It's a Wheel Bug: Arilus cristatus. Watch out - it has a painful sting when harassed.

Isn't it incredible? That dinosaur crest on its back just blew me away. Totally fascinating. I've put a couple of pictures on to have it identified.

This has been an incredibly dull summer insect, flower, and wildlife-wise. I go out several times a time to see what photo ops have arrived. In the case of this image I was actually out there to collect impatiens seeds and spied this guy who is about 1 3/4" long. Pretty imposing size. I sure wouldn't want to find one on my kitchen counter!

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Canon EOS 7D
1/320s f/11.0 at 200.0mm iso1000 full exif

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Len09-Sep-2011 03:39
Wow a real great discovery and excellent close-up!!!!V.
heather07-Sep-2011 06:13
That certainly is an amazing insect Isabel! Fabulous shot.. the detail's incredible! V
H.L.Tam07-Sep-2011 01:18
Nice capture of the details ! V
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet06-Sep-2011 23:02
Nice picture, this insect is unusual.