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An Ode To Michael Green Macro Photographer Extraordinaire!! by craigcryptoking

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An Ode To Michael Green Macro Photographer Extraordinaire!!
Hey everyone, what can I say, if you have skill you have skill, these are truly NEXT LEVEL all taken by Michael Green, I have featured him here before check that blog out here: https://hive.blog/ocd/@craigcryptoking/michael-green-the-world-s-best-entomology-macro-photographer


Now, as for that first picture, if ever you have watched any sci-fi type movie (Men In Black, Star Trek etc) you would have certainly seen something resembling the top pic, however, this is not from out of this world, this is very much from this planet and thanks to the skill and talent of Mike Green's epic macro photography skills. Brilliant shot right?


Above a gorgeous Praying Mantis more here as per wikipedia.org: Mantises are an order (Mantodea) of insects that contains over 2,400 species in about 430 genera in 15 families. The largest family is the Mantidae ("mantids"). Mantises are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. They have triangular heads with bulging eyes supported on flexible necks. Their elongated bodies may or may not have wings, but all Mantodea have forelegs that are greatly enlarged and adapted for catching and gripping prey; their upright posture, while remaining stationary with forearms folded, has led to the common name praying mantis.

The closest relatives of mantises are the termites and cockroaches (Blattodea), which are all within the superorder Dictyoptera. Mantises are sometimes confused with stick insects (Phasmatodea), other elongated insects such as grasshoppers (Orthoptera), or other unrelated insects with raptorial forelegs such as mantisflies (Mantispidae). Mantises are mostly ambush predators, but a few ground-dwelling species are found actively pursuing their prey. They normally live for about a year. In cooler climates, the adults lay eggs in autumn, then die. The eggs are protected by their hard capsules and hatch in the spring. Females sometimes practice sexual cannibalism, eating their mates after copulation.

Mantises were considered to have supernatural powers by early civilizations, including Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, and Assyria. A cultural trope popular in cartoons imagines the female mantis as a femme fatale. Mantises are among the insects most commonly kept as pets. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis


This truly incredible  shot here of my favourite insect, the stunning Africanized Honey Bee, I have done many posts on these lovely ladies as the most of you that follow me know, never have I personally taken a photo this good, do you agree?

Check out more here as per wikipedia.org:  Apis mellifera scutellata The East African lowland honey bee (Apis mellifera scutellata) is a subspecies of the western honey bee. It is native to central, southern and eastern Africa, though at the southern extreme it is replaced by the Cape honey bee (Apis mellifera capensis).[1] This subspecies has been determined to constitute one part of the ancestry of the Africanized bees (also known as "killer bees") spreading through America.[2]

The introduction of the Cape honey bee into northern South Africa poses a threat to East African lowland honey bees. If a female worker from a Cape honey bee colony enters an East African lowland honey bee nest, she is not attacked, partly due to her resemblance to the East African lowland honey bee queen. As she is capable of parthenogenetic reproduction, she may begin laying eggs which hatch as "clones" of herself, which will also lay eggs, causing the parasitic A. m. capensis workers to increase in number. The death of the host colony results from the dwindling numbers of A. m. scutellata workers that perform foraging duties (A. m. capensis workers are greatly under-represented in the foraging force), the death of the queen, and, before queen death, competition for egg laying between A. m. capensis workers and the queen. When the colony dies, the capensis females will seek out a new host colony.[3]  



Mike's speciality is insects, however once in a while he takes an epic pic of 'critters' from the other animal kingdoms in this case reptilian, an incredible Chamelion! WHAT A SHOT when last did you see these guys in such detail?


The above critter would be rather scary to most much like snakes, but an epic close up of as per Mike Green: Michael Green‎ to The Spider Club of Southern Africa
23 hrs
I am pretty sure this is Araneus, one of the smaller Hairy Field spiders. Female in the 1st pic and Male in the 2nd pic. To show just how tiny these guys are I put some rice next to the female in pic 1. J/Bay area. 



All these amazing pictures taken in South Africa J-Bay where Mike Resides!


'Insect porn' here we have a little locust lovin, lets just leave this here :)


STINK BUG, they should call them STINKY A$$ NASTY BUGS, I'm not a fan, not sure anyone is, nice shot though :)


The plan is to keep showcasing Mike Green's epic skills until finally I manage to get him here? Agreed?


Naturally I do get his full permission and support to post his pictures and here's proof: 



Can I have a HOORAH for getting Mike on HIVE????

Nature the incredible!

Have an amazing week, love and light as always and be blessed!

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