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Bug on lace cactus

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Bug on Lace Cactus 6701

From February 3, 2013, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, here you have a bug that’s nicely camouflaged on a lace cactus, Echinocereus reichenbachii.


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© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 3, 2015 at 5:22 AM

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  1. The cactus almost looks like a ball of yarn! Cool photo, as usual.

    Cathy Testa

    February 3, 2015 at 5:36 AM

  2. The bug almost looks as though it could be orchestrating the lace making.


    February 3, 2015 at 6:29 AM

  3. A leaf-footed bug, I think. Nice intricacy in the spines.

    Steve Gingold

    February 3, 2015 at 6:38 AM

  4. Look at that — Godot’s siblings. Weird as it might sound, I still miss that cactus. Marvelous camouflage that little bug is wearing, too.


    February 3, 2015 at 7:59 AM

  5. Super photograph, Steve. I find true bugs so satisfying.


    February 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    • Thanks, Melissa. Your mention of true bugs suddenly reminded me of the Cole Porter song “True Love.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 3, 2015 at 9:23 PM

  6. This picture makes the spines look deceptively soft, Steve. Close-ups, lighting and change of angle can transform a scene and give us a different impression or highlight a feature in a way that allows us to gain a different appreciation for it. The magic and art of photography. It does fascinate me so.


    February 3, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    • You’re correct that these spines are actually firm, even if the photograph suggests softness. The patterns on a lace cactus have long fascinated me, but this was the first time I ever managed to combine a bug with one, and a similarly colored bug at that. You’re also right that when I photograph a subject I often try out different angles, looking for one that will make magic.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 3, 2015 at 9:29 PM

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