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  1. #41
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    thanks, BE! my standard kit when i go out is a belt with which i can tie myself to trees as i climb up. there's a whole new world up there.

  2. #42
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    here's one of a MASSIVE praying mantis that i caught in my bag when i saw it in a corridor (i was saving it's life) i took it home to my garden, relesed it, and photograhed it. the *^&^ thing repayed my kindness my promplty biting my on the finger. it's spikes were so huge they actually drew blood. while i phtographed it, it kept trying to destroy my lens and kept COMING close, rather than running away like most things ten centimetres long!
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  3. #43
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    Be thankful it wasnt any bigger. awesome shot. and they say photographers have an easy life.

  4. #44
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    here's one more(groan) of a bettle, sorry--beetle--that i shot with my brand new flash, costing three hours of work and scorched fingers (i built it myself) i don't know about you guys--but it like the way the sadow envelopes the beetle, which shines golden like (hint! hint!)

    shot at coorg, south india.
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  5. #45
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    incidentally, this coorg place is a photographer's deligjt. anybody want to go there, get in touch with me and i'll give you the adress of an awesome plave to saty there.

  6. #46
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    one more shot from coorg. it's some sort of bizzzare spider that mimics a mantis (i think) notice the way it holds its front two legs. i think it waits for flying insects to come and rest on the leaf, and then--ziiip---it pounces! i noticed traces of silk on the underside of the leaf, confiming that it's a spider.
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  7. #47
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    Nice shot. Very interesting creature. I wouldnt have guessed its a spider. Do you have one in captivity?

  8. #48
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    Cant become a sticky gallery ??

    Very nice macro shots over here y'all.

    @Sighbu : Great shot of Mantis you made there, and btw sorry for your finger

    I like the details on this one, mostly over the wings...


    And this for the colors... Sad i've got some blur on the bus.

  9. #49
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    i have around twenty spiders cohabiting in my room but it's pretty difficult to keep these wild, super specialized species indoors. many of these really speacilaed spiders feed on a narrow band of species, need exact conditions, etc, etc--so basically; not possible to keep most spiders indoors. i tired to keep a giant wood spider indoors, much to the horror of everybody (it was six inches, and built a web that was never less than four feet across) but i was eventually forced to throw it outside. (not beacause i found it's habit of spinning a web across the door irritating---it was running short of food )

    i tried to keep spiders indoors so i could shoot them at leasiure, but i found it too irritating too generate a nice background. and it's not very nice to wake up witha massive spider on your face.

  10. #50
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    hey: how about making this is a sticky? this thread is well on its way to a 1000 views!

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