Sunday, 31 October 2010

Macro Monday: Creepy Crawlies

For most of you, it is now Monday November 1st. But I am on the wet west coast of Canada, and here it is still the 31st - Hallowe'en. So, I should be at my door, handing out candies to all those grubby, grabby, diminutive kids, but I am leaving that task to Mr. DBM - he actually likes children (well, most of the time). Perhaps I shouldn't, since he also actually likes the cheapy chocolate that we have bought for all of those annoying little brats delightful children. Me? I have more refined tastes in chocolate and who I will answer the door for.

Anyhoo, in the spirit of the evening, (which I realise I am severely lacking), but in the spirit that I have, here are some creepy crawly critters for the viewing pleasure of all the ghouls, ghosts and monsters out there.

The obligatory spider shot

A guest appearance by the previous winner of the Most Bizarre Animal category for animals seen in Ecuador on my recent trip. If you want to learn more about this creature, go here.
A stick insect - obviously this chap is aware of the fact that tonight is Hallowe'en and he has put on his spikey outfit for the occasion.


A grasshopper, yellow lipstick and all.
Right, that is me done - I am now off to scare some small children into giving me their candy. Why should I do all the giving?

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29 comments:

GrandmaK said...

OOH they really are creepy looking! Well done! Have a grand week! Cathy

namaki said...

The second one is terrible ! It's Alien !

Kebeni said...

cool photos. Love the stick insect

Bom / Plant Chaser said...

I really like your tail-less whip scorpion. So I enjoyed both your "Creepy Crawlies" and "And The Winners Are". LOL at the yellow lipstick. Great set!

Dimple said...

Creepy crawly, every one. Great set of shots!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Creepy crawlers but fantastic shots. That grasshopper is decked out for Halloween :)

Barb said...

Great pics. I now can see where the Sci-Fi cartoonists and fantasy writers get their inspiration from.

Rambling Woods said...

Love the selection for Halloween. I find them cute rather than creepy...

Regarding the thrush you had that hit the window.....You did a very compassionate thing in taking the bird in and getting it to a rehabber. It’s up to you to call or not. I had a Canada goose that was taken in and two fledgling goldfinch that did not make it but they didn’t suffer outside and I did the best I could. I also had a great blue heron that was wrapped in fishing fire that did survive….so you do what you can and know you tried your best. Since putting up mylar windsocks on our windows this is the first window crash I have had in the last year...Michelle

Kala said...

Love the shot of the grasshopper - it's the cutest bug on the planet in my opinion.

Kim said...

I love the whip spider. How freakishly beautiful. These are all fabulous shots!

Ann said...

I thought Canada is too cold to have crawlies.

Tammie Lee said...

awesome shots of wild and scary looking critters. The details are fab!

Jama said...

These are superb macro! I'm not a big fan of these creepy crawlies but love to see them immortalized in photos.

Maaike said...

great pictures but very scary!

Barnens Hjältar said...

Really creepy :-S
Well done!

jabblog said...

The grasshopper I like - it's the lipstick that does it - but the rest really do make my flesh creep.

margie said...

halloween specials...creepy.

Cortes said...

Spiders are frightening little bugs, but the photos are great! Love the grasshopper.

Jay said...

I LOVE the yellow lipped grasshopper! He looks as if he has make-up on, doesn't he? LOL! And it's a great photo with him sitting on that fern.

Now, I'm off to see what that extremely strange spidery thing is ...

SouthernSass said...

Very cool critters! Great photos!

Carolina said...

Yikes! Children! Much more frightening creatures than the creepy crawlies in your post. Although, I wouldn't like to meet the scorpion spidery thing live I think.

Keep warm,
;-)

(Sorry for wanting to make slippers of your lovely cats. Mittens is a far better idea. You're right! You could shave the cats and make Knitted Kittenmittens ;-))

tammymcchesney said...

Ewwwwww....but I have to admit those are some fabulous creepy crawly details!

McGillicutty said...

ewwwww that is all.

Colleen said...

Ewww... I've got chills just looking at them.
Thanks for the info on the macro lens. Your pictures are an excellent advertisement for the lens.

Don't Bug Me! said...

Hi All! Thank you for all your comments. I am so glad you could all pop by and have a quick look at my creepy crawlies and take the time to leave a comment. I love getting visitors and comments.

I am not sure why the grasshopper chose yellow lipstick - daring to be different, I suppose.

Rambling Woods: I am still trying to decide whether to phone or not to find out how my little hermit thrush is doing - perhaps ignorance is bliss. I must do something about making the window more visible to birds. This is the first hit that I know of, but who knows how many birds have hit and then been scooped up by a cat - either one of mine or one of the many neighbourhood cats that visit.

Ann: Canada does have lots of creepy crawlies, but I should probably point out that these were taken in Ecuador or Peru!

Carolina: Kittenmittens!?! You might be onto something there. How long does it take a cat to grow back its fur?

Baino said...

Ugh!

Irene said...

Wow, amazing images! And thanks for visiting!

Don't Bug Me! said...

Irene: You are welcome - your photos are beautiful.

Johnny Nutcase said...

HA! most excellent post. (i feel the same way about kids, by the way). Love the photos. And the tail-less whip scorpion. We saw one in Costa Rica a couple years ago and were totally weirded out by it. Took a while to figure out what it was but man! What a bizarre thing!