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Remember this ant that was walking on water with a bunch of mites stick to it? They I was reminded of them when I saw this next bug, but they look different.





These little round parasites appear to have a sturdy probe from their rear (if you can tell the difference) that seems to allow them to hang on and feed on the big bug. The big bug found a splintery break in some wood and was trying to scrape them off.











 

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Just goes to show, no matter how little you are there is something smaller trying to feed off you.
 

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Some more extremely nice work, Nutball! :cool:

BTW, thanks for the info. on your cameras. :yh:
 

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Sounds like RB is the smaller one feeding on Paul here? :undecided:

I couldn't have made pics this clear with the HX-80, I pushed these pics to the max too, beyond look good quality by cropping really small and over-using using a clarity feature that helps to sharpen the image via contrast without over sharpening pixel clusters.

I should have caught it and put it under the microscope



Just making sure, you all did see that lizard in an earlier post had a mutant tail right?

 

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Those are some very detailed images with great focus and reasonably good depth of field.
 

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I remember fighting to keep those things out of my yard back in the 1980s. I'm sorry, but I'll always think of them as weeds. :rolleyes:
 

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I think there's 2 bugs in this next one, can you see them?



There's a bug in the next one too.






 

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I found a Odontotaenius disjunctus beetle stuck on it's back in my garage, so I decided to take pictures of it, but then I noticed those parasites again. It would be nice to know what they are. I havent found anything quite like them yet on google images.

I started out with the 10x zoom camera, then went to the 30x zoom camera (those pics will be in the next post). As I previously figured out using the 10x with a 24mm lens, I now have come to the conclusion that magnification greater than 10x for macro with cameras is going to show a lot of decrease in image quality, so a microscope would be much better. The closest I got was 30x (720mm) with a 50mm macro lens = 14.4x magnification, but it isn't too clear. Holding steady was the hard part even with both the hand held camera and lens resting against a solid support. In my previous pictures I usually only get 5x magnification maximum before cropping. These pics are cropped down a lot too, more than I usually do, and no clarifying on these.















 

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Man, this camera sucks. They just released a new camera though, I think in the same body, which has a 1" sensor, 8x zoom, 25fps for 10s burst shots @ 20MP!, 4k, 960fps full HD I think! $1200 I just wonder how my new camera has much worse noise than my much older camera with basically the same sensor.











 

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You seem to take more of an interest in insects than I do. That and their insect parasites. I have no idea what they are either, but don't really care. They are rather disgusting if you want my opinion. I don't know if they are ubiquitous or just in your neck of the woods, so to speak. They look a lot like ticks, but the images of them aren't that great to make out one in detail.
 

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I was certain I'd get good detail with the extra zoom, but was surprised to find the opposite. Still, sometimes a closer blurry look can help the mind fill in some blanks. Anyway I just think this stiff looks cool up close since we usually don't see or notice such details.

Spittle bug (I chased it out of it's spit). I wonder how they breath in there.















 

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