pincher bugs or earwigs

posted on 2012.12.25, under insects, Macro, Photos, Uncategorized

It was not a happy moment.  Three earwigs were extracted from the back yard and put into a glass jar.  I tried to take their photo, but they just wouldn’t remain still, not even for a second.  I finally got this idea, to stick them in the freezer for a few minutes.  After several attempts of 5 minutes, 7 minutes and 10 minutes in the freezer, I still wanted them to move slower.  I put the earwigs in the freezer and watched an episode of “Breaking Bad” (HBO TV series).  When I pulled the earwigs out of the freezer, they were dead.

You can see moisture on the pincher bugs back.  The bugs legs folded under their body, a trait I have seen from other insects when they die.

Both of these photos were assembled using the “focus stacking” technique.  I think it was 11 photos each.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens

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