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Katydid (?)

My husband noticed this creature hiding in plain sight while I was outside shooting insects. I liked how the sunlight shined through its legs and antennae.  With a little research, I believe this is a young bush cricket or Katydid. I’m not interested in identifying these critters as grasshoppers and their relatives are numerous around here. I do not see these as much as I see the grasshoppers most likely because they’re hiding in plain sight like this one.

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Framers Friday: Rule of Odds

 Just a note: This is the Rule of Odds, not the Rule of Thirds.
a composition should have an odd number of objects, not an even number of objects.

In this image, I tried to stick the “Lady” on a rule of thirds.
But, broke all kinds of rules to get the most pleasing image.
Three Flowers and a Lady

Here is what I wrote:

I took many pictures; but, this was the only one I felt fit the theme. Yes, the background is kind of distracting with more of these dying plants (going to seed), but I find it appealing. This is shot during the morning’s golden hour. I’ve discovered that spiders make their home in them, Robber flies and wasps hibernate overnight on them, and caterpillars love to chow down the flowers leaving only the stalks. It’s been a bountiful habitat for insects and crawlies. This is perfect for this nature-loving gal.

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Framers Friday: One Light Source

Robber Fly or Wasp?

Here is what I wrote:

Funny story. I shot it further away in order to identify the critter. I looked at the camera’s LCD screen, zoomed in, and thought, “Robber Fly!” I got closer without fear and shot away. It wasn’t until I was at the computer I realized it might be a wasp. Gasp! 🤣 Thank goodness it was heavily laden with dew and thus probably couldn’t fly. Honestly, I’m leaning towards it being a Robber Fly over wasp due to its hairy face and eyes but the yellow stripes on its abdomen confuse me. (Another framer confirmed this for me.)  Robber flies can mimic wasps. Anyway, the golden hour really enhanced the coloring of its body.

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Framers Friday: Golden Hour

Hiding in Plain SightHiding in Plain Sight

Here is what I wrote:

I decided to go out front and see what I can find. (I usually shoot out back or into the space we let wild sunflowers go amuck.) I loved the coloring of the light falling on the leaves of this vine. So, I shot a few with a flower or two. Much to my surprise, my favorite shot also has a Lynx Spider hiding in plain sight. Lynx spiders are ghost hunters of nature blending into foliages. But beware, they’re fast and scary as heck. Thankfully, they are not dangerous to humans. This one appears to be a survivor as it seems to have old wounds (scars on the abdomen). It’s probably lying in wait for a bee or some other insect to come along.

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Framers Friday: Edited by someone else

Bee on Wild Sunflower

Here is what I wrote:

I went out Thursday and shot more insects of flowers. I think I should just focus on that (series) because it’s what I do when I need to get out for a few. I gave Dan Kolesar (my husband) several SOOC images. This is his favorite (pick). 

Note: I did not take my time taking pictures as this is NOT my favorite theme. In fact, I dislike this theme the most though I love taking macro shots of nature. Anyway, here is the original SOOC (straight out of the camera):

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Framers Friday: Water

Fly on Wild Sunflower

Here is what I wrote:

It rained hard earlier in the week. The wild sunflowers that survived the drought bloomed again. It misted/rained very lightly again Sunday morning. So, I went out to shoot flowers with insects. I got kind of soaked but I was happily shooting away. (FYI: I love the rain and you’ll find me often out there.) I wasn’t in the mood to shoot anything this week. So, It’s fortunate that it was misting rain Sunday morning. I like this picture very much even though it’s not perfect. Thus, it’s a last-minute submission. Hurray!

Note: I’ve since identified the critter as a Bee Fly (Bombvilidae) in the subfamily Phthiriinae. BugGuide.net has a few images of this fly (search for “Phthiriinae”).

Note 2: I free wrote about this last Monday: View {Five Minute Friday}.

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