Janet Brien

Janet Brien

Posted on 07/18/2013


Photo taken on July 17, 2013


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Janet Brien
Canon 5D Mark II
Pacific Northwest
Oregon
gnat
nectar
mosquito
droplet
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Canon 100mm 2.8L
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Gnat or Mosquito with a Droplet on its Proboscis

Gnat or Mosquito with a Droplet on its Proboscis
1 more picture above in a note! :)

While I was taking pictures of the starry flowers, I noticed a miniscule insect on a leaf and took a bunch of pictures in the hopes that I would get some clear ones. While I was taking pictures, I noticed that there seemed to be liquid at the end of its proboscis, and was delighted when I was able to show this droplet in the image!! (I added texture to this image to give it a more artistic style!)

To be honest, I believe this is actually STOMACH juices that its barfed up and is sucking back down again. Disgusting!! I could just BARELY see the droplet--no larger than the period at the end of this sentence, and the gnat or mosquito seemed to be manipulating the droplet by lifting and lowering its proboscis and it would shrink and get larger as I watched. I really hope this is actually a droplet of nectar and not stomach juices!!! *wrinkles nose*

Eva Harten, Dynamo, Poulet Santivasa Anantnitivate, Cats 99 and 8 other people have particularly liked this photo


10 comments - The latest ones
Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
I love how you are able to show us these critters. You make them look huge. And I agree about the stomach juices...yeech!
5 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Perfect !!!!

And.. why cant it just be drinking water ?!!!
5 years ago.
Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
Lol...no matter what it is, you made it look amazing!!!:)
5 years ago.
Maria Ismanah
Maria Ismanah
this is amazing - gorgeous capture of a wonderful moment!

seen in the inactive sweeper :)
5 years ago.
Levina de Ruijter
Levina de Ruijter
Wow. Amazing you caught that. Well done, Janet!!!
5 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Amazing macro....excellent capture!
5 years ago.
Deborah Lynn
Deborah Lynn
Beautiful shot. I'm really enjoying your insect info and photographs.
5 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful shot.
5 years ago.
Magda Möller
Magda Möller
Janet,this is a fantastic capture!I wouldn't even have seen the mosquito without a magnifying glass,lol...never mind the drop.Have a great weekend!
5 years ago.
Dynamo
Dynamo
Nice magnification...
wonderful!

Seen in Prime lenses (fixed focal length)
5 years ago.