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A STRANGE VISITOR - AN ASSASSIN BUG (a.k.a. WHEEL BUG)
30-NOV-2007

A STRANGE VISITOR - AN ASSASSIN BUG (a.k.a. WHEEL BUG)

This creature was on our deck this afternoon. I had never seen one of these insects before. It's an Assassin Bug (Wheel Bug). This bug is almost 2" long and has characteristics of a moth (wings), a turtle (note the protruding neck/head and the shell-like body) and a dinosaur (note the ribbed/spiked protrusions on the back). A very strange creature indeed!

These insects are very aggressive. As I was taking this photo, I had to keep backing up, as the bug kept moving toward me in attack mode! That straw-like reddish black thing folded beneath it's cute little head is it's jointed beak, with which it impales its victims (or your finger) and injects an enzymatic venom. The victim's innards then promptly liquify and become a high protein bodybuilding (just look at those pects!) power drink, just right for sucking.

Tele-macro setting used (I wasn't about to get any closer than necessary!). Hand held at 35mm focal length equivalent of 404mm. Stabilizer setting #2. Other camera settings were: Contrast: +1; Sharpness: 0; Saturation: +1; Noise Reduction: 0. Modified in PhotoShop Elements 5.0 and Noise Ninja.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
1/400s f/6.3 at 66.3mm iso200 full exif

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Bill McClung16-Feb-2008 15:27
Alan: No supplemental lens needed at all for this one. The FZ18's built-in tele-macro feature works well just as it is. Allows you to stand off and not have to get too close to critters capable of biting or stinging. If you want to get closer in for "eyeball shots", check out a Raynox 150 or Raynox 250 close-up lens attachment for the FZ18 (proper mounting also requires a Panasonic DMW-LA3 lens adapter).
Alan 16-Feb-2008 06:18
WOW! I picked up my FZ18 a short while back. I hope to learn enough to get some pics like this next summer. Simply amazing. What type of lens must be purchased to get these great macro shots?
Isabel Cutler30-Nov-2007 23:04
MOST AMAZING, Bill! Such incredible depth of field - would be hard to get something like this with a dslr without f/32 or something smaller!
Isabel