Dragonfly Silhouette

Saturday night - I was just about to settle in with Jo and watch Grease (yes, Grease). When I noticed a dragonfly perched, (as Dragonfly's do) on a twig. So I figured - What the hell? and picked up the camera ...


I've gotta say - I'm pretty pleased with the result.

With flash - but I like the other better myself

I've taken a few silhouette shots and I really enjoy the results. I hope to take enough and do a whole post dedicated to them - but for now, let's have a shoofty at some of the other critters that have been knocking around in the garden over the last few days eh?

Mictis profana

This aptly named Crusade or Holy Cross Bug is a member of the Coreidae family and is considered a "true" bug.

Note the Rostrum (sucking mouth parts)

Hemiptera /hɛˈmɪptərə/ is an order of insects most often known as the true bugs, comprising around 50,000–80,000 species inc cicadas, aphids, planthoppers, leafhoppers, shield bugs, and others. They range in size from 1 mm (0.04 in) to around 15 cm (6 in), and share a common arrangement of sucking mouthparts (a rostrum or proboscis).

Sometimes, the term true bugs is applied more narrowly still to insects of the suborder Heteroptera only. ^

Capable of flight - as this slightly surreal pic implies

And how about a little treat for all you spider fanatics out there?. They're classed as an Orb weaver - but apparently "The common names 4-jawed spiders and long-jawed spiders are problematic, so we refer to them as Tetragnathids" ^ ... sigh.

Long-jawed Spider

Anyway, what post would be complete without a Frog pic?. Last night we noticed that this cute little guy had taken up residence in an outside water feature. That come hither grin is positively pornographic eh? Frogs - can't get enough of 'em.

Take care :)

Why yes, actually I do have a Jacuzzi ...

The Tetragnathidae is the tenth largest spider family of the world encompassing almost 1000 species in 4 subfamilies and 51 genera. They range in size from small to large (2-23 mm body size). Many species build delicate sometimes more or less horizontal orb webs with an open hub and few, wide-set radii and spirals. The webs have no signal line and no retreat and are often found in vegetation near water.

The spiders often sit in the centre of the web. If disturbed they drop to the ground or cling to the vegetation adopting a stretch position with the long legs stretched out rendering themselves inconspicuous ^


  1. I prefer the silhouette too. Stunning. And frog features sure does look like a charmer.


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