Now that I have your attention with that riveting title, I wanted to share my weekend with you all. Mainly it is just to express my excitement for finally being able to photograph my favorite insect, the Eastern Hercules Beetle (Dynastes tityus). I haven’t personally seen this species since 1998 although that may not mean much. I do have a feeling that this large beetle has become more scarce in recent years due to habitat destruction.
Admittedly, I have been on a roll lately after having had discovered another favorite for the first time, the Reddish-Brown Stag Beetle (Lucanus capreolus) at our place as well a week or so ago. There I was, with a small snake in one hand and a grasshopper in the other when suddenly, I saw the Stag. What to do? Quickly covering the grasshopper with my hat, I grabbed the beetle and everyone received a complimentary portrait session before being allowed to go on their way.
So is it a coincidence that I’m seeing a greater abundance of invertebrates at our home or is it because we’ve been allowing it to “rewild” itself over the past several years? I feel that it might be a bit of both. I decided as soon as we moved in to leave any deadfall in the woods where it lay. So far so good I think!
Did any of you photograph anything of interest this weekend? I’d love to hear about it!By the way, I used the Sigma 15mm Rectilinear Fish-eye lens for this image.