Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Photos that hold a surprise.

This little fellow was quite a surprise. I was more focused on the sign above and took the shot with the zoom lens and wasn't that close. I didn't notice this interesting visitor. When I looked at it on my computer screen I noticed the bug and a very strange looking one at that. I have never seen anything like this before.

Added note: Patty at Old Lady Lincoln and her hubby Abe, who as you probably know has several blogs, one being Pick a Peck of Pixels, have identified this insect for me. It is called a Wheel Bug. Abe passed on a link to Patty to give me and you can find out all about him here. Thank you Patty and Abe. I have now seen my very first Wheel Bug and know all about him thanks to you. One of the many reasons I love blogging, learning through the generosity of our blogging friends. If you ever come across one of these don't get too close. Abe also passed on the information that a bite from one of these critters can be very painful.

23 comments:

diane said...

Surprise!Surprise! Amazing what you can find in photos when you blow them up. He is a very unusual critter. I saw a movie ages ago where a murder was solved by a n amateur photographer blowing up a photo of a park. You could become a sleuth.

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diane said...

OOps the link doesn't seem to work. I'll try and fix it!!??**

Kay said...

I've never seen this insect before either. Very interesting!

SandyCarlson said...

That's fun when that happens. I have had this happen with my daughter and nephews. I am so focused on one or the other, I don't even realize what antics are going on in the background!

Cezar and Léia said...

wow is it a kind of spider?Different indeed!
I'm curious now!
Léia

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Rajesh said...

That is strange. Even I have not seen anything like this before.

jabblog said...

Fascinating beastie - was he sprayed silver or is he that colour naturally? Looks like some sort of grasshopper maybe.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Denise: It is nice when you find a surprise in a photo.It looks like a member of the weevil family.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Maybe its an alien species!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hi Denise. It is an Assassin bug od some kind - part of the stink bug family. Hope this helps.

Patty said...

He is an amazing looking creature to say the least.

Patty said...

Me again, I asked Abe if he knew what the bug is and he told me what to type in, so here is a link, copy and paste in your browser. Byt the way, Abe said the bit of this little beast is very painful, and that's also what is says in this article. It's called a Wheel Bug
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_bug

Tricia said...

It kinda looks like a stink bug, so you're lucky you didn't get too close!

Reader Wil said...

Well Denise, that's a queer customer or may be I should say: a remarkable fellow! I've never seen a bug like that! Thanks for showing.

tricia said...

Interesting bug for sure. Whatever he is I don't think I would want to meet him closeup.

Pam said...

What a delightful surprise, Denise. Your wonderful post are always full of pleasant photos and info :)

Craver Vii said...

Wheel bug? You mean it's not a bugasaurus? That is such a treat to find bonus items in the pics, isn't it? :-)

Daryl said...

What a find .. how lucky for us all that the Lincolns were able to name that critter!

imac said...

Interesting bug.

Sunny said...

A very interesting critter. He looks kind of prehistoric!
Sunny :)

magiceye said...

looks like a glamorous knight in armor!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

What an unusual looking bug! I, too, become wrapped up in what I am focusing on that I can miss what is under my nose. A few winters ago I was attempting to photograph a turkey out of my car window. I was having difficulty getting the focus locked on the turkey. All of a sudden my husband whispered to me, telling me to look up. Just a few inches away was a bull elk, grazing alongside the roadway! Needless to say I forgot about that turkey and snapped a photograph of the elk. That elk filled my picture frame; I didn't even need to use my zoom lens.