Mystery Insect

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Today’s post will be all over the place, because that’s where my head is. I’m the worlds worst mental multi-tasker. Physically, I’m okay. I can simultaneously pat my head, rub my tummy, hop on one foot, roll my eyes, chew gum and twirl a hula-hoop while singing the national anthem of Papua New Guinea (most of it, anyway). But, I can’t think about more than one thing at a time. This makes my workday feel like a picnic in one of the lower levels of Dante’s Inferno.

So, since I’m even more scatterbrained than normal, it would be asking too much to expect any kind of theme today. I’ll start with the Mystery Insect. Up at Blueblood, Pascal Michon found this weird thing:

Though it looks very much like a mosquito, it’s not. Pascal tells me that it is a fly of some kind because of the shape of the mouth parts (ugh!). I had to take about twenty exposures to get one while it was sticking its tongue, or whatever you call it, out. All the while it was sitting on my hand, presumably deciding whether or not I was edible. Pascal put it in a jar and sent it off somewhere for an ID check. More later on that.

Switching subjects completely, here is a nice shot of a gang of Pickhandle Barracuda (Sphyraena jello)  down deep in Magic Passage:It’s worth clicking this one to enlarge it.

The polyps of this Gonipora  genus coral (I can’t identify the species.) remind me of waving wheat:The metaphor works better if you can see the water currents making it sway back and forth.

The new Canon G11 came into play this morning at about 06:15 to catch the sunrise. This is the fantasy version:

I couldn’t resist playing with the colours.

This is what it really looked like:That’s a four frame panorama more or less exactly as it came from the camera. So far, so good.

Finally, I’m happy to announce that Bozo the Clown made a guest appearance recently in Madang and I was proud to take him diving. Here he is all google-eyed and frazzled, looking as if he’s enjoying a giant licorice all-day sucker. Someone should tell him that you’re supposed to lick it, not stick the whole thing in your mouth:

Okay, okay, it’s actually me.

Is it any wonder that I’m the laughingstock of Madang? Hey, everybody is entitled to a job.

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3 Responses to “Mystery Insect”

  1. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Liked your “bozo” shot. 🙂

    That fly is way cool. It looks it’s imitating a wasp of some sort. With those kind of wings, it would be very very agile. The close-up is great. It’s a beautiful insect.

    I’d love to see the coral wave in the currents. It makes a great desktop image, by the way.

    Keep having fun with that way-cool G-11!

    Steves

  2. MadDog Says:

    I reckoned that Bozo would amuse many readers.

    The fly shot is one of my best macros. I’m waiting to see if Pascal can get someone to identify it. He is a mosquito expert, having worked in malaira research for years. He said that he was fooled at first glance. He thinks it’s a fly that mimics a mosquito.

    I’m finding out some very interesting things about the G11. Some underwater shots today.

    Jan

  3. Tris Says:

    That fly shot is an amazing macro- well done! One of the sharpest I’ve seen. Congrats mate. And that barracuda shot is just marvellous.