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In Flagrante Delicto! (But Safe for Work I Think)

Postby Charles Haacker » Thu May 11, 2017 12:27 am

Daphne and I were taking one of our frequent fall walks (2011) when we encountered these two doing it in the road and frightening the horses. I didn't want to disturb them, but they were so SHINE-ee, and I didn't know what they were (I needed a picture to look them up). These are Black Blister Beetles, about an inch long each. There are many, many different species (some 7,500), but what they all have in common is the secretion of the blistering agent cantharidin. Disturbing them bare handed would have led to seriously nasty, painful blisters so it's a good thing I did not touch them. As it was I upset them: the firing of my flash for a fill caused the female to stamp away in high dudgeon with, um, her close friend (?) still... Yeah. :oops: Nikon P7000, ƒ/6.3, 6.0 mm, 1/475 ISO 100 Flash (on, fired), reedited 2017 in Lightroom.

(This shot was physically a little trying. The P7000 lacked the flip-out viewscreen of the P7100 that would have made this a lot easier. I wasn't prone—I can't get prone any more :| —so I set the camera on the ground and let the camera's focusing system do its thang, which it did very well.)
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Postby Didereaux » Thu May 11, 2017 1:26 am

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Postby TomCofer » Thu May 11, 2017 6:21 am

Bug porn!
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Postby Charles Haacker » Thu May 11, 2017 11:58 am

TomCofer wrote:Bug porn!

Funny you should mention that, Tom. There is a group on Flickr called Insect Porn! More than 11,000 pictures, almost 3,000 members, and there's actually more than one similar group! :D
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Postby St3v3M » Sat May 13, 2017 8:06 am

I very much like these, especially the how to, and find myself wondering how 'everything' happens.

I don't know that I'm into bug porn but this is fun, thank you for posting here! S-
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Postby Charles Haacker » Sat May 13, 2017 12:50 pm

St3v3M wrote:I very much like these, especially the how to, and find myself wondering how 'everything' happens.

I don't know that I'm into bug porn but this is fun, thank you for posting here! S-

Thanks, Steve. There were quite a number of black blister beetles out and about, presumably seeking to, ah, "hook up," but this pair... If they hadn't been doin' their thing I'd have happily photographed one of the loners just because they were big and shiny. This pair was more...interesting. :look:
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