Friday Photo: 14 March

March 14th, 2014 at 8:53 am by Chthoniid

As summer retreats the songs of the local cicada population is ebbing.  This is of the distinctive green cicada kihikihi wawa  (or Amphipsalta zealandica) here. The wings are blurred as the insect is in mid-song.

They are also eaten by one of the local cats, who doesn’t seem to mind the crunchy sound they make.

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I’m going off the grid for the next couple of weeks also, as I’m going to back in China on Sunday. It’s another elephant conservation project.

Friday Photo: 7 June

June 7th, 2013 at 8:59 am by Chthoniid

Because who doesn’t need a hug from time-to-time.

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Explanatory note: They’re not just cuddling

Friday Photo: 18 January

January 18th, 2013 at 9:08 am by Chthoniid

One of the types of spiders that builds orbwebs, are not true orbweb spiders (Araneids). Their webs are often aligned horizontally rather than vertically. The spider also much larger jaws (chelicerae) than orbweb spiders. These spiders are the tetragnathids.

One of the most common of these spiders is the indigenous Leucauge dromedaria. This spider is native to both NZ and Australia, and I’ve been trying to get a photo I like of it for a while.  Conditions came together for this shot.  Purists may be interested to know that it is an “old school” photo, as the exposure was manually set, the flash was manually set and the focus was also manual.

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The link is to a much larger image.

I’m heading off into the ‘field’ on Saturday for 12 days, hence there will be no Friday photo next week.

Friday Photo: 23 November

November 23rd, 2012 at 9:49 am by Chthoniid

And today’s venture is back into the world of macro, but something diurnal. And not spider-like. Albeit still carnivorous…female too.

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