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My inverts.

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by basin79, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

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    Unfortunately I can't seem to keep the flower mantids alive. Hatched my own CB casters etcetera but nope. So I stick to the larger hardier breeds. This lass is definitely an OAP now though.
     
  2. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    My Lethocerus africanus chowing down on a morio worm I just gave her.

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  3. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

     
  4. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Paraphrasing a National Geographic article here. Although it looks like mantids have pupils they don't. They're called pseudopupils. The eye of a mantis is made up of thousands of tiny individual light receptors called ommatidia. When you look at a mantis at a particular angle or the mantis looks at you some of the ommatida are absorbing all the wavelengths of light which is why they look black. Meanwhile, the light receptors all around the dark spot are reflecting certain wavelengths, which is why the rest of the eye appears green.


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  5. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

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    Of course I paid her work. A juicy waxworm.

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  6. NMWAPBT

    NMWAPBT Arachnosquire Active Member

    Wow what kind of camera are you using? Beautiful inverts and really good quality pictures!
     
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  7. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    I'm using a ridiculous camera set up that should get me far better results. I'm struggling with the lighting. It's a Sony a7r iii. Once I've got the lighting sorted I'll get better pics.
     
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  8. NMWAPBT

    NMWAPBT Arachnosquire Active Member

    I was impressed at the quality now lol. I'll be blown away once it gets better! Great job; definitely keep it up!
     
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  9. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Cheers.
     
  10. Your mantids are beautiful, they've always been one of my favorite insects. Thanks for the pictures!
     
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  11. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Mantids are absolutely phenomenal.
     
  12. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    I found a hairy rove beetle in my backyard. It's the first 1 I've ever seen. Brought him/her into captivity for a little bit to get some pics and videos. Hoping for a nice sunny day so I can really get some detailed pics. Made very short work of the waxworm.

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  13. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    The business end of a hairy rove beetle.

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  14. Now that's a neat beetle! Really like that guy.
     
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  15. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Aye. Lived in the same town all my life and it's the first 1 I've ever seen.
     
  16. mantisfan101

    mantisfan101 Arachnoangel Active Member

    Just look at those mandibles...
     
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  17. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Aye. They're impressive.
     
  18. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Not my invert but a hoverfly that was in my backyard. Really wanted to get a pic of a bee but they wouldn't come near me .


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  19. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

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  20. Aarantula

    Aarantula Arachnobaron Old Timer

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    Unbelievable photos! Beetles/ Insects always looks so mechanical to me on upclose pics!! Great job!
     
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