The Bug Geek

Insects. Doing Science. Other awesome, geeky stuff.

Photo Friday: one-shot wonder

When working with live insects in the field, one of the biggest challenges is to get the shot before the bug…bugs off. Sometimes you only get one or two chances before your subject is suddenly nowhere to be seen – it’s the reason why I end up with so many badly lit or blurry images that get tossed and make me quietly mutter bad words.

Every now and then, though, I get lucky. This image of a snipe fly was the one and only shot I managed to fire off – and it was definitely a keeper 🙂

Rhagio hirtus, female (Rhagionidae)

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5 responses to “Photo Friday: one-shot wonder

  1. Morgan Jackson July 20, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Nice shot Geek! Equally frustrating is when you get the photo, but the fly takes off before you can scoop it up. The frustration level rises exponentially when you’re somewhere fun like the tropics and it’s specimen you really REALLY wanted!

    • TGIQ August 4, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      This is why I have almost no photos of insects from the north – my priority was always capturing the insect in a VIAL, not with my camera 🙂

  2. Jason M Hogle July 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Beautiful shot! And I hear you, C: sometimes it’s only one shot you get, so it’s a delight when you score on the first try–since you don’t get another one.

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