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It, and Its shadow

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29th Aug 2007, 22:28  


Steve says:

I adore this

29th Aug 2007, 22:30

Tori says:

Yeah? I could try to catch one and mail it to you.

Not sure what it is.

29th Aug 2007, 22:37

Tori says:

Was even more iridescent than it looks in this photo.

29th Aug 2007, 22:37

anonymous says:

Jeff Goldblum?
; )

29th Aug 2007, 22:38

Tori says:

Heh, I was actually thinking about him/that movie when I was taking the shot.

Oh, HL - Thanks :)

29th Aug 2007, 22:41

Steve says:

Welcome, he almost looks made out of wire

29th Aug 2007, 22:44

Jane Doe says:

Anon was me, sorry. Great pic BTW but gross movie. am thinking particularly of him looking at his reflection in the bathroom, picking spots and spitting out teeth...
your version is *way* prettier : )

29th Aug 2007, 22:48

WhoseShoes says:

absolutely wonderful

29th Aug 2007, 23:09

Dhamaka says:

it looks like a model
I wouldn't like to meet it..

30th Aug 2007, 00:26

silar31 says:

That's a tarantula wasp, Pepsis mildei or similar. No threat to a human, but* if you're a tarantula and there is one around looking to lay it's egg, you're in a world of hurt.

I actually just did a bit more reading on these guys - it seems they have the most painful sting of any known insect, largely because of the amount of venom they inject - they are big wasps (can measure over 40mm in length). The good thing is, they are not aggressive, you really have to provoke them to get stung. Also, the venom, while very painful, generally is not very strong in mammals at all, as it's specific to paralyze tarantulas but not kill them.

30th Aug 2007, 03:04

Euphro says:

Yes, that's definitely a tarantula hawk. Not quite the most painful sting in the world, that honor goes to the bullet ant, but the most painful of any insect in the USA or Mexico :)

If you are interested, you could look them up in the Schmidt Sting Pain Index :)

30th Aug 2007, 06:24

Euphro says:

It's a lovely shot, by the way. It looks like something out of a Tim Burton movie :)

30th Aug 2007, 06:27

Tori says:

Fabulous. I am now officially horrified.


30th Aug 2007, 06:28

Euphro says:

I'm at UCSB at the moment. Is that far from you?

30th Aug 2007, 06:30

Tori says:

A heck of a lot closer than you normally are. About 90 miles of pretty nice drive. How long are you there for?

30th Aug 2007, 06:33

Euphro says:

I'm here until Saturday morning at an Antarctic geology meeting.

30th Aug 2007, 06:34

Tori says:

Are you heading home right away or doing some sightseeing?

30th Aug 2007, 06:37

Euphro says:

Unfortunately, I've got to go back straight away.

30th Aug 2007, 06:39

Tori says:

That's too bad, I would have been up for a drive to the coast.

30th Aug 2007, 06:45

minkey says:

It looks beautiful and quite scary at the same time. Love the reflection

30th Aug 2007, 06:58

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30th Aug 2007, 08:10

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30th Aug 2007, 08:53

harimanjaro says:

That is marvelous.

30th Aug 2007, 09:44

This one looks like it's made out of stained glass.


31st Aug 2007, 20:17

feline09 says:

That was taken with a cell phone???

12th Sep 2007, 19:21

Tori says:

No, that one was taken with a real camera.

12th Sep 2007, 21:03

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