Category Archives: Macro Photography

Sigma 180mm f2.8 Macro Lens Review

Let me start off by saying I had very high hopes for this lens and I have no bias against Sigma.  I’m also not an expert, so feel free to take my review with a grain of salt.  In short, I am returning this lens.  I’m just not loving it, and to my eyes, the […]

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Sigma 180mm f2.8 Macro Example Pictures

I had intended to write a review of my new Sigma 180mm f2.8 Macro lens, but I just don’t feel I’ve had enough experience with this lens to provide a worthwhile review just yet.  Instead I’m going to post a few pictures taken with this lens, and my overall experience thus far. First a little […]

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Help Me Identify This Insect On Sassafras Leaf

Our Sassafras tree is really putting out some nice, soft leaves.  I was casually checking the leaves to see if any Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillars were feeding.  I then saw this small insect, but I have no idea what it is  It was definitely eating the leaf, but I don’t even know where to look to […]

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A Beautiful Day For The Dogs

Sascha (German Shepherd) and Maggie (Golden Retriever) joined us out in the yard while we were releasing the six Monarch Butterflies (more on that in a later post). Maggie is now 9 years old and is somewhat showing her age.  Her muzzle has definitely turned gray, she has some light cataracts, and she tends to […]

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Monarch Caterpillars, Chrysalises And Eggs

This is a bit unexpected, but we have lots of Monarch Caterpillars, Chrysalises, and Eggs.  Perhaps it’s because it’s December and it’s 80 degrees right now. We have 13 Chrysalises, eggs all over the outside Milkweed, and probably 10 Caterpillars.  As we find the Caterpillars we bring them inside as the weather does occasionally get […]

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Gulf Fritillary And Monarch Caterpillar Shedding Skin

I took a couple of pictures today of an event that I’ve never been able to photograph before.  Butterfly Caterpillar’s shedding their skin. This first one is a Gulf Fritillary.  These are scary looking Caterpillars.  Notice at the bottom left of the Caterpillar is the skin that it recently shed. This second picture of a […]

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Minutes Old Monarch Caterpillar

Remember the female Monarch that came by to visit the other day?  I mentioned that she laid some eggs, and today one of those eggs hatched. I’ve never photographed a Monarch Caterpillar that was a mere minutes old. You can even see its egg casing in the background.  It’s quite amazing to me that these […]

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Big Ant Hiding In Passionvine

This guy looks pretty threatening to me. It’s some type of Ant (obviously), but I’m not sure what kind.  He was just sitting on one of the Passionvine stems, like waiting to ambush something that would happen to come by. Notice the little hairs on it’s head?

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Closeup Of IO Moth Caterpillars

I took out the Macro lens to get some closeup shots of these tiny Spicebush Caterpillars (or so I thought?). I thought since they were on my Sassafras tree they must be Spicebush Caterpillars?  Could these be some kind of Moth larvae?  The tree is definitely Sassafras. Would anyone confirm these are IO Moth caterpillars? […]

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Aphid Predators: The Good Guys

I posted the picture yesterday showing the hundreds of Aphid covering my Milkweed plants.  Today I’d like to share some pictures of Aphid Predators.  I consider these the “Good Guys” when it comes to insects. Everyone knows about Ladybugs and Aphids right?  You typically can buy 1500-2000 Ladybugs for about $10.00, spread them around your […]

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Butterfly Status In Early April 2010

I thought I’d provide a little backyard Butterfly update. We haven’t seen any Monarch Butterflies, but we do have 9 Caterpillars from the one Monarch from Mexico.  To give the Caterpillars the best chance of success, I have quarantined them in our Butterfly Enclosure.  I did this to protect the Caterpillars from predatory wasps and […]

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Ladybug Munching On Aphid

Here’s something I’ve never been able to photograph before.  It’s a Ladybug eating an Aphid. The strange thing about this was that the Aphid was still alive and moving, while the Ladybug was eating it (I’m assuming it was eating it, maybe it was just holding it). After a few moments of watching this, another […]

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Cloudless Sulphur Chrysalis And Butterfly

This is a first for us.  We’ve had this Cloudless Sulphur Chrsyalis for a few weeks now.  On Thursday (Thanksgiving) I noticed that the Chrsyalis had turned a bright yellow, and you could see the stripes of the soon to emerge Butterfly. What I didn’t expect is that the Butterfly would emerge in the late […]

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