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Azalea lace bug - Stephanitis pyrioides - Oregon | by Thomas Shahan
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Azalea lace bug - Stephanitis pyrioides - Oregon

What a beautiful pest! Here's the Azalea lace bug, Stephanitis pyrioides - shot with a new Venus 60mm lens in the style of the stacked images I was producing for the lab a few months back. This specimen was alive and healthy (and resultingly, not terribly cooperative) - shot atop a clear plastic petri dish with black velvet below. Crop from a 5 shot stack at f/8 or so. Imaging these guys on a black background doesn't show off the diagnostic black-brown maculations but really brings out the beautiful iridescence present in these tingids.

 

Here's another shot I took at work that's a better (although less attractive) representation: www.flickr.com/photos/oragriculture/14824547766/in/set-72...

 

Here's a review I did recently of this new Venus 60mm macro (that can do 2:1 *and* infinity focus!) petapixel.com/2015/02/02/review-venus-60mm-f2-8-worlds-fi...

 

And a special announcement for west-coast folks (or anybody else!) that would like to join me and some other macro guys for a macro workshop - I'll be instructing again with Bugshot - this time in California! More info here: bugshot.net/

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Uploaded on February 8, 2015