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Old January 10th, 2010, 05:37 PM
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First try using my macro lens-beetles

rather than retype everything, check it out here!

http://falltoclimb.wordpress.com/201...ew-macro-lens/
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Old January 10th, 2010, 05:58 PM
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Ummmmm, bendy, those are bugs , can you please try your macro on close ups of your pups
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Old January 10th, 2010, 06:04 PM
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I think you meant "bugs "...hmmmm???

As for pups it's too dark now, you'll have to wait 'till tomorrow.
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Very nice shots of your bugs.
Out of curiosity, do many beetles bite?
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I think you meant "bugs "...hmmmm???

As for pups it's too dark now, you'll have to wait 'till tomorrow.
OK, I'll be looking for them tomorrow.


BTW, the pics of your beetles are very good.
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Hm. Many will nibble, but not many will actually HURT. The only ones I try to handle carefully are tiger beetles (they are super-duper hunters) and anything else where I can SEE the bitey bits.
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Hm. Many will nibble, but not many will actually HURT. The only ones I try to handle carefully are tiger beetles (they are super-duper hunters) and anything else where I can SEE the bitey bits.


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Are the beetles down with being picked up? Do they care?
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Old January 10th, 2010, 06:13 PM
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I would say that it's pretty safe to scoop up most beetles with your bare hand. I try to never close my hand on one (unless it's something I KNOW is wimpy like a ladybug or weevil)...I learned the hard way grabbing a praying mantis (true, not a beetle, but still) that sometimes they "grab" back, ouch! If you see one poking around a leaf or the ground and let it walk onto your hand, that's for sure no biggie. Smaller beetles...no biggies, even if they nip it won't hurt. Any beetle I'm not sure about, or really big ones, I grab on its sides, behind the head...kind of in the same place you would a crayfish if that makes sense...
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What about those nasty flying beetles who live on pine trees? We used to call them pine beetles...I remember those being nasty, bitey bugs.
Do they really bite, or was it a cruel country myth?
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Old January 10th, 2010, 06:19 PM
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they could probably pinch...they've got strong mandibles (bitey bits) for chewing wood. I would be fine with one walking on me, but wouldn't close my hand on one...it would probably try to get away. If I wanted to hang onto it, I'd hold it by the sides. BTW if you find some, put them in a baggie for me, I need more.

ETA you've got the name pretty close : it's Pine Sawyer Beetle. They're longhorns.

Oh and almost all beetles fly.
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Pine sawyer beetles bite? Hmmmm...hazel'll have to be more careful of them in the future.

Nice pics, bendy!! Those dark ones with the big mandibles torment the dogs. They hang off their fur and jowls and drive them nuts
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Cool bugs Bendy !!
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Old January 10th, 2010, 10:28 PM
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I am sooooo envious of the macro. I was hoping and praying that Santa thought I'd been good enough last year to get a macro. Nope. So I'll be an even better girl this year to see if Santa will bring me one. Until then, I will make do with cropping the bejeezus out of 10mpx extra large photos and the auto-macro to get that teeny detail that I *really* wanted to catch.

I love your bug photos and it looks like you're getting the hang of the lens too.
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Nice work with the macro

bugs in the freezer

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Hm. Many will nibble, but not many will actually HURT. The only ones I try to handle carefully are tiger beetles (they are super-duper hunters) and anything else where I can SEE the bitey bits.
So is "bitey bits" the scientific term then?
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Bendy,

Do I put them in the baggie when they are alive?
Then what do I do with them?

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Old January 11th, 2010, 08:03 AM
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Pine sawyer beetles bite? Hmmmm...hazel'll have to be more careful of them in the future.

Nice pics, bendy!! Those dark ones with the big mandibles torment the dogs. They hang off their fur and jowls and drive them nuts
I don't think they'd really HURT, but they might PINCH if they're feeling threatened. If you're nice to them I wouldn't worry much. Oh, and as I said to Macomom, I really think you should put some of those big-mandibled ones in a baggie and send 'em my way!!!

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bugs in the freezer

My roomates used to say that. I had a big container labeled "BUGS" so they knew not to go into it.


So is "bitey bits" the scientific term then?
Absolutely.

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Bendy,

Do I put them in the baggie when they are alive?
Then what do I do with them?

Bug stuff = Confusing
Yep, pop them in a baggie while alive, then stick them in the freezer, then call me. Or bring it to the dog park

For reals though, it's not worth anybody's time for one or two, but if you find a big haul, I'd drive over for it
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Handsome looking beetles Bendy ...Are they alive when you stick the skewer thingies in them?

btw - do you need any Lily Leaf Beetles, I can send you a mountain of them during the summer
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Oh good gosh no, I wouldn't pin them while alive!!! I put them in the freezer...they go into hibernation...then die once they've been in there long enough. It's very humane.

Ha, lily beetles were the subject of my MSc, and you know what? I never kept any of the little buggers!!! Sure you can mail me some.
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Oh good gosh no, I wouldn't pin them while alive!!! I put them in the freezer...they go into hibernation...then die once they've been in there long enough. It's very humane.

Whew

Ha, lily beetles were the subject of my MSc, and you know what? I never kept any of the little buggers!!! Sure you can mail me some.
I know they were part of you MSc, we talked about it once before....I even go searching for them in the soil in spring and find babies and squish 'em ....earlier this year I sent some Tiger Lily bulbils in the mail and one of the little buggars hopped a ride with the bulbils and arrived breathing, so you want them dead or alive
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bugs on a stick....

Grody subjects...but awesome shots....I bet you'll get cool closeups of doggie eyes and fur and ears and paws and..... hint hint!!!!
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I know they were part of you MSc, we talked about it once before....I even go searching for them in the soil in spring and find babies and squish 'em ....earlier this year I sent some Tiger Lily bulbils in the mail and one of the little buggars hopped a ride with the bulbils and arrived breathing, so you want them dead or alive
either way is good, I can always rehydrate them if they're dead
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I love bugs.. So pretty and if you really look at them closely, you would swear that they have expression.

My favorite are spiders. I save them from being mushed. Actually, I am an anti-musher.

Bendy - your beetles all have needles! (I am a poet and I know it)!
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spiders are gross.
you're weird.

Well, the little jumping spiders are cute. And taratulas are ok. But that's it.
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spiders are gross.
you're weird.

Well, the little jumping spiders are cute. And taratulas are ok. But that's it.
I'm weird? . Hey - I am not the one hugging beetles!

You'z be mean Bendy - real mean.
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That's me!

(I may be mean, but at least I'm not weird )
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No schnot Sherlock! You should love ALL bugs! Spiders aren't bugs though are they?
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nope, they are nasty, nasty arachnids
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nope, they are nasty, nasty arachnids
They are not nasty Bendy. They are very interesting creatures. I love those big huge bellys and hairy legs (oops that was my ex. - now THAT was creeepy..)
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