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Re: Shuttetbug Pub Daily, Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thanks Peter, Glad to see you back.
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Thanks Peter, Glad to see you back.
I lurk a lot.

Haven't been able to compete with the quality of photos that have been displayed of late.
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I have been well aware that you are a lurker.
Photography is not a competition. Competitions are a trick of the weak to harness the able.
Two very adept images there, Peter. Haven't seen any flowering gum as yet.
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Photography is not a competition. Competitions are a trick of the weak to harness the able.
Two very adept images there, Peter. Haven't seen any flowering gum as yet.
Compete was probably the wrong word but it is true thhat there have been some really nicely crafted images here of late and I simply haven't been out there making many.
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Re: Shuttetbug Pub Daily, Thursday, June 13, 2019

Peter, I'll be glad to see the end of winter. If the implications weren't so dire, I'd be chanting, 'Global warming, BRING IT ON!'

And yes, here there have been some nice images being posted of late.
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Re: Shuttetbug Pub Daily, Thursday, June 13, 2019

One final image that illustrates why I am at a loss to understand why one needs a macro lens. I guess there must be good reasons for manufacturers to make them.
This was shot with my old 8 megapixel E-520, circa 2013, at 1/250, f/6.3, ISO100, standard Zuiko 40-150mm lens at 150mm (=300mm).
Obviously at that focal length I was certainly not closer than about 2ft. maybe. Note: Photographer reflected in tail!

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One final image that illustrates why I am at a loss to understand why one needs a macro lens. I guess there must be good reasons for manufacturers to make them.
This was shot with my old 8 megapixel E-520, circa 2013, at 1/250, f/6.3, ISO100, standard Zuiko 40-150mm lens at 150mm (=300mm).
Obviously at that focal length I was certainly not closer than about 2ft. maybe. Note: Photographer reflected in tail!

Bull ants are hundreds of times bigger than most ants. Also you don't want to try getting closer than two feet to a bull ant. They can easily jump that far.
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Bull ants are hundreds of times bigger than most ants. Also you don't want to try getting closer than two feet to a bull ant. They can easily jump that far.
I learnt that lesson as a little kid in Tasmania, got bit by a bull ant several times, we called 'em jack jumpers, not as big as this red specimen but deliver a nasty, painful, lasting sting.
Also the most fearsome Tassie ant was one known as a bluebottle. Anyway, closer to home (1mi Crk) I shot and posted this guy here last year.
It was taken with the Oly XZ-2, 12mp, P&S, 1/200, f/7.1, ISO250 from a distance of 1 inch. The red ant above was shot at Wilson's Promontory.

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I learnt that lesson as a little kid in Tasmania, got bit by a bull ant several times, we called 'em jack jumpers, not as big as this red specimen but deliver a nasty, painful, lasting sting.
Also the most fearsome Tassie ant was one known as a bluebottle. Anyway, closer to home (1mi Crk) I shot and posted this guy here last year.
It was taken with the Oly XZ-2, 12mp, P&S, 1/200, f/7.1, ISO250 from a distance of 1 inch. The red ant above was shot at Wilson's Promontory.


Myrmecia.

Black jumpers have been recorded as instrmental in six fatalities due to death from anaphylactic shock. Otherwise, they aren't a patch on the severity of the local bull ant that I get here. I've had the misfortune of meeting both. For a start the big red ones that live here are one and a half inches in length. The sting can cause extreme discomfort for up to a month.

Methinks your second photo was more likely to be a green-head ant. Also a nasty stinger. It may be the angle of the photo but it doesn't look like a member of Myrmecia.

The so called blue ant is a wasp. Blue Bottle

There are many wingless wasps (Mutillidae) in Australia. Some are known as velvet ants and yes they have one of the most painful stings of all.

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Re: Shuttetbug Pub Daily, Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thanks for that interesting summary of ants. Whilst on a recent climb to the Mt Buffalo lookout I met an old guy who was studying the distribution of different species of ants. He was a knowledgable fellow, we chatted quite a while.
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