Jaws of Death

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Jaws of Death

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The predatory larvae of an antlion (Myrmeleontidae). Handheld natural light stack 33 images. Asturias. Northern Spain.

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Post by mawyatt »

Frank,

Great shot!!! We have those here in Florida, they create little cone shaped traps in the loose sand by "flicking" the sand out, and ants can't climb out if they fall in.

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Post by Troels »

Very nice.
They are obviously difficult to shoot because they are always burrowed in the sand with only the jaws visible, if anything.
This must have been digged out. Does it play dead since you were able to do a bracketing sequence?
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Post by Picosvistas »

Troels wrote:Very nice.
They are obviously difficult to shoot because they are always burrowed in the sand with only the jaws visible, if anything.
This must have been digged out. Does it play dead since you were able to do a bracketing sequence?
We have several living along a wall by the side of the house. This one was carefully removed from its sand trap on to the gravel at the side. They do sit pretty still after a couple of attempts to burrow back down. I took 9 sets, on 8 of them the thing moved but on the 9th I got lucky and only the antennae had any movement.

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Post by SteveB »

Stunning! Do they have eyes?

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SteveB wrote:Stunning! Do they have eyes?
Not noticeable.

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Post by Dalantech »

Really nice work, especially using natural light as the light source -kinda stunned you were able to get a sharp image. My only .02 is that when you do a stack don't forget to check out the foreground and if there's something between the camera and the subject you get it in focus as well. My eye gets drawn right to the out of focus area at the bottom of the frame.

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