The beak of the assassin

Arilus cristatus, the wheel bug

Photo details: (top, middle) Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D.
ISO 100, f/13, 1/160 sec, diffused twin flash
(bottom) Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D.
ISO 200, f/11, 1/160 sec, diffuse overhead flash

13 thoughts on “The beak of the assassin”

  1. lol@Josh

    Great pics! The third one, with its use of shadow, is like an Annie Leibovitz photo of a REAL assasin.

    The wheel is some pretty damn specific armour. It would be interesting to film these guys and see exactly which birds grab them and where on the body they make the grab. Maybe one of the commenters knows of a study?

  2. No study, but I do remember an online discussion with an entomologist, a naturalist and various others. We all agreed the wheel is for cutting pizza. Don’t how know that impacts birds, though.

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