My one goal this morning was to find and photograph some Dogbane Beetles-Chrysochus auratus. I’ve looked in their usual hangout a few times with no luck. That changed today as I found several.
It is on Hemp Dogbane-Apocynum cannabinum, hence the name. A relative of milkweed it is poisonous in all its parts, the first binomial meaning poisonous to dogs…and of course humans as well.
That may or may not actually be the case. Quite a few insects, both bugs and beetles, ride each other for some reason other than procreation…possibly recreation.
Sooooo…you are probably wondering about the lesson, right?
There are two lessons actually. A) If you own a lens hood why leave it in your bag? We’d be looking at a mangled lens hood if it had been on the lens. B) Make sure your tripod legs are all out evenly when walking away. I watched in terror as the whole thing went to the pavement, in that slow motion we always hear about, and made an awful crunching sound. I was all done shooting and opening the hatch to load up and go home when it tipped. The camera appears to be okay as I made a couple of images with a non-broken lens but the filter, not a cheap object, is done. Canon says the damage can be repaired, worst case scenario $300 but possibly less. Additionally the tripod collar snapped. But that came with the lens as standard equipment so the rep I spoke with said it very well might be replaced as part of the total cost which includes parts. It could have been much worse. It’s on its way to Virginia Beach at this moment but will not likely return until next week. Thank goodness I have the 800 macro. 🙂 And a 100 too.