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Dec 8, 2018 18:29:39   #
newtoyou Loc: Eastport
 
An early spring beetle. Stenocorus inquisitor. A Larva, last instar, a pupa, and an adult. Found larva in late summer. They pupate in winter and emerge in very early spring. I fooled these by refrigerating and took them out a week ago. This is the result.
Second is an antlion. Without enough depth of sand to build a trap, this one lurks on the surface. Takes food from forceps. These do not react to sight of prey. Only when touched do they react. After taking the mealworm, this one shook it like a dog shakes a rat. Then pulled it under sand to eat. Shot with canon T2I, 40mm lens and 40mm tubes. Continuous light.
Bill


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Dec 9, 2018 00:50:36   #
Mark Sturtevant Loc: Grand Blanc, MI
 
Interesting stuff! Those antlion larvae may be among the nastiest predators around, gram for gram.

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Dec 9, 2018 04:02:53   #
tinusbum Loc: east texas
 
Mark Sturtevant wrote:
Interesting stuff! Those antlion larvae may be among the nastiest predators around, gram for gram.


antlion larvae are strange creatures,i remember playing with them about 60 years ago ,and i would do it again

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Dec 9, 2018 09:58:31   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
Bill, These are really great shots. There's a lot of detail going on and the colors are quite true. Job very well done.

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Dec 9, 2018 15:25:40   #
EnglishBrenda Loc: Kent, England
 
That is a interesting set, thanks for the information about them and well shot.

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Dec 10, 2018 12:02:12   #
napabob Loc: Napa CA
 
cool series, have imagined while climbing a slope of sand what it would be like if I was an ant, as memories of dropping them into the funnel sprang to mind..........

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Dec 11, 2018 09:52:53   #
newtoyou Loc: Eastport
 
napabob wrote:
cool series, have imagined while climbing a slope of sand what it would be like if I was an ant, as memories of dropping them into the funnel sprang to mind..........


Then getting bombarded with sand grains to slide you closer, closer, SNAP!!!

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