Princess, originally uploaded by madcalabrian.

Decided to shoot some pictures of Princess recently and thought I would give her a little treatment. She is always moving around and is much harder to shoot then her sister and I finally took advantage of a lazy moment… My goal was to make her photo look more like a portrait that would normally showcase a person rather than an animal.

Bumblebee Closeup

Bumblebee Closeup 2, originally uploaded by madcalabrian.

I have finally taken a bumblebee photo that I am satisfied with. My goal was to photograph them at 1:1 macro level and because of their frequent stops between flowers it has been difficult. It took me over a month of weekly photography trips to get this shot. It’s one of my favorites because of the effort that was put forth.

Leaf-footed Bug Nymph

Leaf-footed Bug Nymph, originally uploaded by madcalabrian.

These tiny bugs are a lot of fun to photograph. They get themselves in positions that look like they are posing for the camera. I don’t know if they are just as curious as I am and simply starring back to investigate or if it’s defensive in nature.

Immature True Bugs are called “nymphs” because they experience incomplete metamorphosis. This means that they don’t become pupae: one molt changes a nymph into an adult. However, nymphs go through a lot of very different stages called instars before they become adults. This is where True Bug identification is most challenging.