Whoa...that looks like one tough customer. Impressive shots.
marvelous. Have a nice Sunday
"Are you looking at me?" A massive insect seems to demand our attention. A longhorn the likes I have not seen before, an not in person. The pictures are marvelous!
Incredible captures as always! I surely wouldn't want to meet this guy in a dark alley! Fantastic, Jill! Have a wonderful weekend!Sylvia
I've never seen one of these - amazing photos!!
Yes, they are taking out trees here in the Atlantic North East.
We are waiting for the emerald ash borer to come and wipe out the ash trees...we had ours in the yard treated...fingers crossed....another invasive species....
Yowsers. One ugly critter. Great shots though.
Even tho he is a bit on the ugly side, I am sure that his mother loved him :-P What amazing shots you have taken, I can almost hear him crawling after me as I look
Fab macros. The middle one with the immense antlers reminds me of pasture irrigation systems that roll along spraying huge jets of water to both sides.
Good grief, it looks like something from a sci-fi movie. Super shadow shot though.
Amazing photos of this beetle! Each one finely tunes the shadows to give quite hanting dimension!
WOWZA...what a critter, check out dem antennae...he almost looks like he's made of pewter...cool shots!
So, that's what these are called. They are ugly to be sure. But your photos captured them in great fashion.Good stuff!Peace.
Looks like mean bug ^_^Shadow shot Sunday
I have seen these in person a few times, but I've never known their name or character before. Next time I squish it!
Anything but boring! Hard to photo though, what with those stupidly long antennae. Still, you seem to manage just fine, as always.
What a capture of those beaty little eyes...wonderful!
looks like iron man!!
That sucker is nasty looking. With his antennae he can really tune in. Never saw the like before. I think I'm glad.
Great Macro of the beetle. Did you use flash?
Wow, he's a fierce looking creature.
Nice shot! Scary though :)
How scary looking...hope he doesn't come to visit my yard. Great shot.
Well, I guess you would be pretty gnarly if you had to chew through trees! LOL!Actually I think he's rather lovely, and you did a great job of photographing him!
Gotta love those over-sized antennae! I assume they are an invasive species. Where is their native land?
I have never see one of these before. Thank God :) It looks like a rough one.
beautiful photos of one of the most misunderstood,and hated, of insects in my area.i am in nova scotia canada and have been seeing these guys since i was a child. i have always heard them referred to under the name of "chip lifters". i was told that they were a VERY aggressive insect that had a nasty bite and would attack without provocation. i was never bitten, but my father was once when he laid down for a nap and laid on one. he had a allergic reaction to its bite (this is the only time i have ever actually heard of one biting)my personal experience with handling the insect has been quite positive. i work in a motel dining room and we occasionally encounter these little guys outside. one day last year it was a really slow day so we went out back for some fresh air. one of these beetles was trapped in a cobweb. i collect dead bugs so i removed them with my bare hands thinking i had a price specimen for my collection. but the insect was alive. he had web stuck all over his face, antennae and front legs, i could not let him go like that, so i removed as much as i could with my fingers and set him down while i went to get my tweezers from my bag. i sat for almost a half hour gently picking web from the little guys face, holding him in my bare hand! he showed no aggression whatsoever and was looking at me very intelligently. when i finished he moved his antennae towards me, like he was feeling me out, then scuttled off into the grass.one of my bosses had been watching from the other side of the screen door and was scared i would get bitten, as she had heard some pretty bad rumors about these insects. she was impressed by how calm i was, and how calm the insect was! i think that is the key, keeping calm. i have also handled hornets and bees in my bare hands while rescuing them from water buckets and drying them off with bath tissue before letting them go. you can call me crazy, but i think alot of people underestimate insects ability to read and understand emotion.of course, i dont recommend others doing what i do. i take the risk of handling these things fully aware i may be bitten or stung.
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