Macro Table

Having been dabbling with a bit of macro photography over the summer I decided I needed to build a worktable to make it quick and easy to setup. The table, shown below, is a base of approx 600x450mm with a rotary table towards the front. Behind this is a slot to hold ‘background’ cards if…

Scarlet Lily Beetle

I haven’t been out with the camera for a good few weeks so thought I would have a look around my garden to see what was lurking in the shadows. The first thing I came across was a group of Scarlet Lily Beetles (Lilioceris lilii) congregating on a rapidly decaying Lily. So I put the…

Arty Mantids

Just a quick post to show some new photos of a couple of my Mantids in a more artistic way than is usual. I decided to venture away from creating shots that look and feel as though they were taken in the wild to something a little more contrived, colourful and maybe, a bit different.…

Orchid Mantis

This is my Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) which is now approximately 4 months old and growing quite nicely. She originates from the tropical forests of Southeast Asia and is one of several species known as ‘flower mantises‘ from their resemblance and behaviour. She is currently fairly white in colour but will start to adopt shades…

Spiny Flower Mantis

I’ve recently gained a couple of Mantids, one of which is the Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii). This is only a 3rd instar nymph at the moment so has some growing to do. It measures approximately 10-12mm in body length and will probably grow to 35-40mm when mature. Today was its’ first photo shoot and…