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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Skeeter Hell

These Asian Tiger Mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus) are being slowly devoured by pygmy sundews (Drosera pulchella x nitidula). I grow a whole battery of different sundews in a tank in my office, and their pots are standing in an inch and a half of water to emulate their natural swamp habitat. Naturally, this indoors pond is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. I know, I know - who in his right mind would breed the little bloodsuckers on purpose, and in the &^%$#! house at that? Well, people who love their carnivorous plants, that's who. You have to admit that this sort of habitat offers quite amazing photo ops:

Pentax K10 D, Sigma 105 mm macro lens, 72 mm worth of extension tubes.

2 comments:

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well this is really a skeeter hell

Warren said...

Beautiful iridescence on the wings and lovely blue spots on the body. I always enjoy seeing mosquitoes suffer, even if it is an innocent male.