Bacillus atticus atticus

Bacillus atticus atticus

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"I feel like I'm nothing without wildlife. They are the stars. I feel awkward without them." Bindi Irwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bacillus atticus atticus (Family: Bacillidae; PSG Number: 156; Order: Phasmatodea (Phasmids); common name: Walking stick)

Our little friend was found on a wall in mid November, trying to warm itself. We took it inside the house where, as it got warmer, it laid its eggs in front of us. We tried to feed it but it would not eat any of the vegetables that we gave it so we had no option but to put it back in our garden. Since it was not moving around much we were able to track it down daily and take pictures of it for a week; it then passed away. We have kept the eggs and are waiting for them to hatch; we expect this will happen in the spring. Taking the photos was quite easy as the phasmids lay absolutely still so we only had to keep an eye on the settings of our cameras.

Photos by Nicholas Parchas, Mahi Goula and George Parchas
 
Shooting Data:

1. Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: AF Tamron 180mm f/3.5 macro 1:1
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/200 sec - f/8, Manual mode
Flash: No flash
Image: RAW edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized. 

2. Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: AF Tamron 180mm f/3.5 macro 1:1
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/200 sec - f/11, Manual mode
Flash: Flash, auto.
Image: RAW edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized.  

3. Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: AF Tamron 180mm f/3.5 macro 1:1
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/200 sec - f/11, Manual mode
Flash: Flash, auto.
Image: RAW edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized.  

4. Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 180mmf/3.5L USM Macro 1:1
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/250 sec - f/13, Manual mode
Flash: Canon 580EX II
Image: RAW edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized. 

5. Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 180mmf/3.5L USM Macro 1:1
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/250 sec - f/13, Manual mode
Flash: Canon 580EX II
Image: RAW edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized.  

6. Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 180mmf/3.5L USM Macro 1:1
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/250 sec - f/13, Manual mode
Flash: Canon 580EX II
Image: RAW edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized.

7. Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 180mmf/3.5L USM Macro 1:1
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/200 sec - f/13, Manual mode
Flash: Canon 580EX II
Image: RAW edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized.

8. Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 180mmf/3.5L USM Macro 1:1
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/160 sec - f/13, Manual mode
Flash: Canon 580EX II
Image: RAW edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized. 

 

 

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