David de Groot's photos with the macro

Here's looking at you kid...

Here's looking at you kid...
Our resident Carpet Python was on the driveway when we got home today, so I grabbed the camera with macro lens and dived out of the truck to grab some shots.

He was about 8 inches away at this point. Eventually he got curious enough to almost lick the…
Added on March  9, 2008

Female Rhinoceros Beetle

Female Rhinoceros Beetle
Xylotrupes Gideon.

Found on my veranda (not dead).

Lit by two flashes, one Vivitar 285HV to camera left, at 1/16th power. One Canon 188a to camera right and behind subject for cross-lighting.
Added on March  7, 2008

Mini-Dunes

Mini-Dunes
Shorncliffe foreshore. Goes with this picture by garbz.
Added on March  2, 2008

Guarding the entrance

Guarding the entrance
Spider Ant.
Formicidae Leptomyrmex Formicinae.

Not quite as sharp as I would have liked, but you still get the idea. This guy and a couple of his mates were carefully guarding the entrance to their nest so I didn't want to be seen as intruding too…
Added on February 24, 2008

Bitey

Bitey
Myrmecia nigrocincta - Jumper Ant.

These guys jump up to 10 cm and deliver a very painful sting with little provocation.
Added on February 23, 2008

Unknown bug

Unknown bug
On a granite boulder in my front yard.
Added on February 22, 2008

Snail Parasite Blowfly

Snail Parasite Blowfly
Family Calliphoridae, Amenia sp., subfamily Ameniinae.
Added on February 18, 2008

Fly on a leaf

Fly on a leaf
While on our macro meet yesterday we came across many flies of all sorts of colours, mostly sitting on leaves. Here's one of the more "standard" ones.

I'm thinking this is one of the many Blowflies in Australia. They can usually be identified by their sh…
Added on February 18, 2008

Droplet

Droplet
Spent 5 mins this evening mucking about with water droplets. This was one of the first few shots. Duo-toned in post.

Vivitar 285HV at 1/16th, 105mm camera right, pointed down 30 degrees at subject.
Added on February 16, 2008

Fungi

Fungi
Little tiny yellow fungi coming up in my herb pot.

These get to be quite a decent size (about the same size as a large button mushroom) eventually.

Hand-held, two strobes:

* Vivitar 285HV camera right at 1/8th power, 105mm zoom, pointing downwa…
Added on February 14, 2008

Longicorn Beetle - Cerambycidae Sp. - Hesthesis angulatus

Longicorn Beetle - Cerambycidae Sp. - Hesthesis angulatus
Anyone got an ID on this one ? Positive ID rec'd - see title.

Found this guy sitting on a blade of tall grass in my front yard (Cedar Creek, Qld). He seemed to be poking his tongue in and out (the orangey thing on the end of the snout).
Added on February 13, 2008