Insect

Macro picture of Goat Moth Larva (Cossus Cossus)

Macro picture of Goat Moth Larva (Cossus Cossus)
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera April 17th 2009. Click image for larger view.
Here is a close up picture of a Goat Moth Larva (Cossus Cossus) that we found last spring. This larva is found in most of Norway, but not further north than Nordland county. The larva often lives in old trees with leaves where it can live from two to five years before it crawls out. The goat moth larva can grow up to 10 cm long and the specimen in the picture is the largest larva I have ever seen. If you look closer at the picture you can see that the larva has some pretty big jaws. I did not dare hold it because it was pretty aggressive and bit straws that we put in front of it.

Spring is soon coming so hopefully there will be many opportunities to take pictures of cool insects and other buggers.
Check out my other photos of insects here.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/11.0
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Fjellstrand in Nesodden, Akershus in southeast of Norway

Macro picture of Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Nymphalis urticae)

Macro picture of Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Nymphalis urticae)
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera April 30th 2008. Click image for larger view.
Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis urticae) butterflies has awaken from their winter hibernation and are flying around in the warm sunshine. Small Tortoiseshell is the first “day butterfly” that one can see here in Northern Norway in the spring, often on the first warm day.
They are really beautiful, don’t you think?

The Norwegian name for the Small Tortoiseshell is “Neslesommerfugl” which means Nettle Butterfly in English. The butterfly got that name because they lay eggs on nettle plants and their larvae eats nettle leaves. I have seen nettles completely covered with black Small Tortoiseshell larvae.

Check out my other insect photos here.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 70-300mm F4.0-5.6
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

Close up picture of housefly (Musca domestica) on snow – First insect in Northern Norway

Close up picture of housefly (Musca domestica) on snow
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera March 10th 2008. Click image for larger view.
We have had a couple of warm days here in Northern Norway and a few insects have been waking up from their hibernation. In this picture you can see a common housefly (Musca domestica) sitting on some snow. Usually these flies are very hard to get close enough to get a good macro shot, but I guess the cold from the snow made this fly move slowly.
I can’t wait for all the insects to come back so I can start taking tons of macro photos.

Check out some macro pictures of flies from last year:
Dance fly couple mating and eating a fly
Hoverfly on a poppy flower

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

My favorite macro pictures from 2007 taken in Northern Norway

I’m a big fan of taking macro pictures, especially close up pictures of insects.
Here is a selection of my favorite macro pictures that I took in 2007.
Hope there will be lots of insects and other creatures to photograph in 2008 😉

Macro photo of hermit crab and barnacle

Macro photo of hoverfly on dandelion flower

Macro photo of five-spot burnet moths mating on flowers

Macro photo of Common Hawker dragonfly

A closer view of a snail

Check out my archive of macro photos.

Close up photo of hoverfly feeding on an autumn hawkbit flower

Close up photo of hoverfly feeding on an autumn hawkbit flower
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera September 30th 2007. Click image for larger view.

This is probably my last insect photo this year as the snow came to northern Norway today.
In this picture you can see a hoverfly (not sure about the species) feed on an autumn hawkbit (Leontodon autumnalis var. taraxaci) flower. This flower looks a bit like coltsfoot, but autumn hawkbit flowers, like the name implies, in the autumn.

I’m starting to get a collection of pictures of hoverflies feeding on flowers. Here are a few pictures:

  • Hoverfly feeding on cow parsley flowers
  • Hoverfly on a poppy flower
  • Hoverfly on dandelion flower
  • Information about the picture:
    Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
    Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
    Aperture: f/11
    Focal Length: 35 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
    Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway