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ESO Bug Eye Photo Contest!

The results of the Entomological Society of Ontario Bug Eye photo contest were announced last night!  We were treated to a slide show of the 130ish entries; there was some spectacular work!

Also this:

I took 2nd place in the “Ontario Insect” category for

Mine foot is tasty (omnomnom) - a green Katydid

2nd in “Photo by an Ontario Resident” category for

Anisomorpha buprestoides (Southern Two-Striped Walkingstick, Devil Rider, or Musk Mare)

and 1st in the “Open Category” for

Green Lynx Spider, Peucetia viridans [Explored]

It was a good night! <—massive understatement. I’ll be one of the judges for next year’s contest 😀

I don’t think I mentioned this either: one of my photos was one of seven selected in the Entomological Society of Canada photo contest to be on the cover of the journal, The Canadian Entomologist, for 2013!

Stratiomys badia (soldier fly, Stratiomyidae)

Other than simply being ridonculously thrilled over these results, I think what I’m most pleased about is that all four of these photos use different techniques (natural setting/outdoors and studio), lighting (ambient light and flash), use of backgrounds (white box, coloured, black) and subjects (spider, phasmid, fly, katydid).  I’m happy to be producing decent AND diverse images! 🙂

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Photo Friday: Devil-riders

This male Devil-rider is dwarfed by the massive bulk of the female to which he clings, hooking his tiny tarsal claws under a ridge along the side of her thorax. Stubbornly remaining in copula even after I removed the pair from a shrub at the Archbold Biological Station in Florida, his determination will ultimately result in the persistence of his genes in their offspring.

Anisomorpha buprestoides (Southern Two-Striped Walkingstick, Devil Rider, or Musk Mare)

Anisomorpha buprestoides (Southern Two-Striped Walkingstick, Devil Rider, or Musk Mare)

A beautiful example of sexual dimorphism, as well as aposematic coloration (the bold orange and black stripes warn potential predators of their formidable chemical defenses), this pair of  Anisomorpha buprestoides (also called Southern Two-striped Walkingsticks or Musk Mares) are the only Phasmids I’ve ever encountered in the wild!

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Photo details:

f-8, 11mm (top)/16mm(bottom), 1/200sec, ISO 80, Raynox clip-on, on-camera flash with snoot diffuser in a white box.

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