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by AlxndrBrg
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Cuckoo wasp (Stilbum cyanurum) at 40x and 60x
Replies: 2
Views: 1078

really nice shots, but its however very much not a Stilbum, instead this is a Hedychrum species, a male it looks like.
by AlxndrBrg
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: 3X test - Objectives vs Lenses - Final Results Online
Replies: 22
Views: 2775

Great stuff - I am kinda missing the Lomo 3,7x though, from what I recall it handles being pushed down quite far, would be interesting to see how it competes with these real glass monsters ;)
by AlxndrBrg
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) - stereo added
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Gorgeous!

I'm curious about your stacking speeds, how long it take to complete, and what processor are you using?

Thanks!
by AlxndrBrg
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Tube Lens Test With MITUTOYO 5X M Plan APO
Replies: 66
Views: 9538

Tremendous work as always! I'm surprised the "in-house" tube lens by Mitutoyo looks so poor, considering the quality of their lenses. Or is it just me that imagine things? The centre crop has low contrast and looks a lot less sharp than the others, but the off-centre and corner crops get progressive...
by AlxndrBrg
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Unusual articulated tip on wasp antenna (stereo)
Replies: 7
Views: 1945

I was almost contemplating mentioning that males of Eumeninae (and Polistinae, but not Vespinae) have "pseudostingers" on their genitalia. They try to prick (excuse the pun, heh) you when being held, to make you think its about to sting. Dont know if they serve any additional purpose when it comes t...
by AlxndrBrg
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Unusual articulated tip on wasp antenna (stereo)
Replies: 7
Views: 1945

Nice pictures, just from seeing the antenna tip I knew it belonged to the Eumeninae, and a male. Its for some reason a very common modification in the males of several genera of the Eumninae. It's normally not seen on images of live animals, as its on the inside/underside of the antenna. Not sure an...
by AlxndrBrg
Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Coming back to life
Replies: 2
Views: 1586

Its the longhorn beetle Aromia moschata, and the "worm" is its ovipositor, as its a female
by AlxndrBrg
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Three odd surplus store finds
Replies: 13
Views: 1955

no idea about the lenses, but the stepper motors are certainly usable for making an automated stacking rail, if they work that is.
by AlxndrBrg
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Photography Through the Microscope
Topic: A strange insect
Replies: 3
Views: 940

The family Ascalaphidae, "owl flies" in the order Neuroptera, really beautiful insects, they look like someone mixed a dragonfly with a butterfly!
by AlxndrBrg
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Tiger Beetle - Focus Bracketing
Replies: 3
Views: 844

It's a cicindelid, aka "tiger beetle", probably Cicindela aurulenta, a common tropical species in Asia, unless if was collected somewhere else?
by AlxndrBrg
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Wasp
Replies: 2
Views: 737

Nice composition and striking colours! almost looks like a painting

The wasp belongs to the Pompilidae by the way, spider hunting wasps
by AlxndrBrg
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: CombineZP Crashing
Replies: 32
Views: 15960

If you are considering buying more RAM at today's steep prices I would recommend testing the free trial versions of other stacking software before you splurge on memory. Besides, it seems like its the cores and not the RAM that is giving you grief, so wouldn't buying more RAM simply make the "time u...
by AlxndrBrg
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Cuckoo Wasp
Replies: 7
Views: 1399

Impressive! It's a male Chrysura in the dichroa-complex, lots of similar species to choose from I'm afraid
by AlxndrBrg
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Raspberry, bug eggs, egg parasite wasp
Replies: 5
Views: 2777

Nice shots, the wasp belongs to the Platygastridae, classic egg parasitoids
by AlxndrBrg
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Administrator's Appreciation Gallery...Macro and Close-up Images
Topic: Female parasitic wasp - possibly Dusona sp.
Replies: 9
Views: 7823

Gosh - I honestly thought, for once, I'd actually nailed the ID myself (using online resources). I'll look it up tomorrow and edit as appropriate. Appreciate the info - even if it has rather burst my bubble! :) It is frustrating to be so consistently rubbish at ID'ing insects though... Thanks all f...