Category Archives: insect

bug walk photo 1

When looking for bugs (OK, technically insects and arachnids) flower gardens present an unparalleled photo opportunity. After a while butterflies begin to tolerate your presence – a flower banquet is easily worth a human with a camera.

Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui

7-3-2011, 2:36 p.m.

exposure: 1/249 sec

f/stop: 9

focal length: 190 mm (with 68mm of extension tubes)

ISO: 800

7-3-2011, 2:34 p.m.

exposure: 1/600 sec

f/stop: 9

focal length: 300 mm (with 68mm of extension tubes)

ISO: 800

tiny beetle

Another insect from yesterday’s trek through Lake Wissota State park. Click the picture to zoom in and see all of the tiny details.

6-25-2011, 1:18 p.m.

exposure: 1/60 sec

f/stop: 6.3

focal length: 150 mm

ISO: 800

little bee

Smaller than a deer fly, this bug is commonly called a “sweat bee”. They don’t often bother humans and can be found near flowers this time of year.

6-19-2011, 12:26 p.m.

exposure: 1/125 sec

f/stop: 6.3

focal length: 115 mm

ISO: 800

little honey bee

This capture is from a walk through the Madison Arboretum.

I have an appreciation for honey bees. Since almost as long as I have grown pumpkins with the ol’ man, there has been a hive or two in the garden. And
even though the bumble bee and other native insects reign supreme when it comes to pollination, the honey bee is the only bug that can produce honey. Honey has been found to last for hundreds of years without spoiling, suppress bacterial growth and even encourage wound healing in some well-done scientific studies.

An excerpt from a brief review of honey from

Honey is 70% to 80% sugar, but it also contains water, proteins, hydrogen peroxide, and gluconic acid. Honey’s antimicrobial properties are believed to derive from its high sugar and low moisture content, the acidic properties of gluconic acid, and the antiseptic properties of hydrogen peroxide.

As a topical agent, honey has been reported to have benefit in treating chronic, surgical, and traumatic wounds. Recently, studies have examined the benefits of honey in the treatment of burns, skin grafts, Fournier’s gangrene, radiation-induced mucositis, and dermatologic conditions such as seborrhea and dermatitis. Ingested honey has been examined for its potential benefit in the treatment of DM, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and gastroenteritis.

A 2001 systematic review found topical honey to be superior to control for postoperative wound healing, maintenance of sterility, and eradication of infection. Small controlled studies have indicated that honey is beneficial wound care for cesarean section, nonhealing wounds that do not respond to other treatments, and chronic, surgical, and traumatic wounds. A Cochrane systematic review reports that the strongest evidence available supports the use of honey for venous leg ulcers. A recent randomized controlled trial confirmed the efficacy of honey in the treatment of sloughing venous ulcers. In 2007, Medihoney™ was approved by the FDA for use in wounds and burns.

9-11-2010, 4:13 p.m.

exposure: 1/1000

f/stop: 6.3

focal length: 55 mm

ISO: 800

little black ant

This macro was also taken the same day as the house fly. The ant was moving around pretty fast so I couldn’t get as close as I could with the house fly – but after seeing how well this picture turned out I’m not sure a closer close up would have improved the capture.

5-29-2011, 1:26 p.m.

exposure: 1/249

f/stop: 8

focal length: 130 mm (with 68mm of extension tubes)

ISO: 1600