The availability of affordable macro-photography has revolutionized appreciation of the beauty and complexity of insects and other small life-forms. Though I’d love to take better shots, my $450 camera, out of the box, has opened up a whole new world of discovery for me. Small dark shapes against the window take on real identities and a largish insect is illuminated as having unimaginable detail. There’s no way this is design, or plan, this is the marvel of nature and natural selection, illuminated with digital technology.
The Stag Beetle in the title photo was very slow and on his last legs – no problem staying still for the camera. It’s ID is a bit tentative; just looks a bit different to some of the confirmed L. aurata specimens pictured on the web, though it may be a case of sexual dimorphism muddying the waters. Here’s the pic of a female L. aurata that I took here several years ago. All the other critters turned up at some time or other in the garden over Summer-Autumn – don’t have names for all of them. Some of the images are a bit average, but the best I could do at the time and a lot better than i would have been able to afford 10 years ago. Might just start saving up for a DSLR with macro!