Nature's Place

Banana Drama …

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Aggression as communication. Occasionally the giant beetle glanced in the ants direction. Well aware of each other.

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Aware but not intimidated, armoured as she is. The ants were focussed on the beetle as she continued eating regardless.

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The ants settled down and now and then one would come to inspect the giant, perhaps to bathe in its quiet presence.

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At some point it all got disturbed and the beetle came to life, other than eating, and I got a few shots for the record.

The Chafer Beetles have had their fill, only one to the fermenting banana this week, and only for a day or so.

The little black ants are also retreating from the cold, plus it has been overcast for a couple days, so colder too.

Had a look just after sundown and there was a Gecko lapping up the banana juice, may account for the missing beetles.

Quite an active little world, the railing on the veranda.

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  1. Cate said, on 06/06/2016 at 4:25 am

    That banana was widely appreciated, Mark! Here in the northern hemisphere, we are, of course, moving rapidly into the season of plenty rather than out of it. It’s lovely to track the opposite experience through your posts.

    • Mark said, on 10/06/2016 at 11:34 am

      Now you can be in summer and winter on the same day, virtually. Banana season is coming to an end … maybe one last go this week.

  2. treesshrubs said, on 03/06/2016 at 6:34 pm

    Just amazing pics!! Love the last one talk about the incredible hulk

    • Mark said, on 03/06/2016 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks Therese. This was a big one. Not as big as the Gecko though.

  3. David said, on 03/06/2016 at 1:02 pm

    Very nice. I really like the second with all the ants.

    • Mark said, on 03/06/2016 at 7:30 pm

      I can just hear the beetle ‘Oh oh, here comes trouble’.

  4. Sally said, on 03/06/2016 at 8:14 am

    What dramatic photos! Excellent detail … I can’t believe the clarity. I work with a Canon PowerShot G12 (several years old). Most of the time I’m happy with it but Wow! when I see your pics … well, this is me, turning green. :-)

    • Mark said, on 03/06/2016 at 9:34 am

      That is old. I was using the Panasonic FZ50 (+ achromat/s) until recently and it did a fine job but the G5/6 (+ Oly 60/f2.8 and achromat) is so much faster and dynamic range significantly wider with equivalent dof. It’s worth upgrading when the right stuff comes along.

      Apart from a stable platform flash helps sharpen an image by being the effective shutter speed but it also has to be properly diffused and of appropriate size relative to the object. See 1/5th the way down the page here – https://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/

      • Sally said, on 03/06/2016 at 10:31 am

        Thank you, Mark. After I posted my comment I read your excellent post on macro. I hadn’t thought of using flash … your idea of diffusers is also another shoulda-thought-of. :-) I’ll have to return several times to absorb all your suggestions. I appreciates your nature-based approach to photography – calm, in-the-moment, meditative. My philosophy as well. Thanks again.

        • Mark said, on 03/06/2016 at 12:14 pm

          Thanks Sally. The idea is flash can be very short pulse duration (1/20,000s = motion stopping sharp). It’s all covered in the link …

  5. putetet said, on 03/06/2016 at 5:23 am

    Super cool :-)

  6. Lissa said, on 03/06/2016 at 4:57 am

    Love that focus the beetle has on the important thing – food. And not the wee annoying ants.

    • Mark said, on 03/06/2016 at 9:27 am

      Secure inside that armoured exoskeleton.


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