Brown Lacewing stereos

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BugEZ
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Brown Lacewing stereos

Post by BugEZ »

Here are some brown Lacewing shots.

First two made with 30 shots each with my 50mm Pentax F4 macro lens on 10 cm of extension, diffused LED lighting.
2 sec, f8, Pmax, 30 exposures per stereo.
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Second made with 120 shots each with my 10X Oly. 2 sec exposures. Pmax.
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phytoplankton
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Post by phytoplankton »

Neat. I like the second set best.

An interesting note about Lacewings. I avoid killing brown and green lacewings when possible. They and their larvae are ferocious predators of aphids. I used to feed them to my venus flytraps before I learned this because they are so easy to catch. :oops:

BugEZ
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Excellent Idea

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phytoplankton wrote
I avoid killing brown and green lacewings when possible. They and their larvae are ferocious predators of aphids.
I appreciate the benefit of having the lacewings in abundance in my yard in northern Illinois. I generally don't use pesticides on my garden or on my landscaping, and when I do apply them, I treat trouble spots and don't broadcast them. I don't recall ever finding an aphid in my yard, but I don't raise roses. I am not certain what the lacewing larva find to eat but clearly, they find something. Too bad that lacewings don't eat Japanese beetles.

This particular specimen was discovered indoors in late October/early November, after we have regular "hard" frosts. Were I to have returned it to the wild, I suspect it would have died quickly.

I find it interesting that these "late year" lacewings are so hairy when compared to their midsummer kin. Perhaps they avoid predation by delaying their adult phase till after many of the predator species have died from the cold.

Keith

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Post by Harold Gough »

Very effective stereo but they need to be viewed from about twice the typical distance.

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BugEZ
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a few more shots

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Since posts have been sparse, here are a few more shots of the brown lacewing. A different specimen.


Keith

50mm Pentax f4 macro lens on extension tubes. f8 , 2 sec exposure, 34 slices per shot

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10X .3NA OLY with 200mm Pentax F4 telephoto as tube lens. Telephoto and OLY not stopped down. 130 slices per frame.

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