Monday, May 09, 2005
Male Midge on dandelion
Latin name: Diptera Chironomidae
The new closeup lens is working well/shows promise. Was at a park sans lots of diversity Sunday so had to work with what was there, namely bugs doing things on dandelions. Fortunately the dandelion is brilliantly coloured. We only learn to dislike it after childhood. Am pretty happy with the ability of the A95 to handle a range of shots with the manual shutter speed, arperture, and focus settings. With practise I should be able to take some good pictures.
The latin name given at the top of the midge shown here is Class/Order only. There are apparantly several genus and species branchings from there down. This is a male, as evidenced by the feathery antennae (I imagine for pheremone sensing). This is a non-biting midge. Mosquitos are midges that bite (they have a probiscus).