What About Us?

It is always the pretty bees and butterflies that get the glory. 

We may not be as pretty, but we have purpose.

Plus, we hang out on the same plants that the bees like.

We pollinate too! Even if it is by accident.

And some of use help with those pests you wish were not in your garden.

Some of us are really tiny, but some of your plants are just the right size for us. And we get places others can’t.

Down the hatch.

All the world is our stage. We like to pose, what do you think?


Macro World – Look Into My Eyes

In this small world all the insects get along pretty well foraging the same plants, or so it seems. There are a few to stay clear of.

I was using a Nikkor 60mm and 105mm, f2.8 lenses on a Nikon D7000. The setting was mostly consistent at a manual setting of 1/2000s f7.1 at ISO 1000. The speed of the shutter was so the camera could have a greater depth of field at f7.1, but more importantly, to catch some in flight. With the shutter speed so high, I did not have to worry as much on focusing by hand holding the camera.  Is it not a little spooky getting this close to see the eyes up close?

When shooting this close up, a manual setting is pretty necessary for good focus. Focusing on the eyes is where you want to point the camera because often, the rest of the body will blur out if not kept in the same plane as the head. You can see that in the bee on the pumpkin flower. The closer you get to the subject, the less that will stay focused at that distance. Continue reading

What’s Bugging You?

One you may not know…

The Western Conifer Seed Bug is a true bug that feeds mainly on the seeds and developing cones of several conifers. Originally from the western part of the country, it found its way east, most probably from interstate commerce.

They are a nuisance if they overwinter inside your home. They will congregate on the outside wall of the home in late summer and early fall to enter via the openings in door and window frames. If you want to eliminate them, the best solution is by mechanical means. To keep them out, repair screens and caulk gaps.  Don’t forget soffits, fascia, behind chimneys and attic and wall vents. You can not close off venting, so screening will help.

They have a flight pattern and buzzing sound similar to a bumblebee. See the orange and black stripping? Another similarity to the bee.

Their main damage is to the Douglas Fir seeds and cones. They also prefer various species of Pine. All stages of the insect feed on the seeds, also at differing stages of development.