Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
×
  • Photo
Download JPG 3719 × 2545



Details

Submitted on
May 6, 2007
Image Size
3.8 MB
Resolution
3719×2545
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
508
Favourites
3 (who?)
Comments
66
Downloads
6

Camera Data

Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 20D
Shutter Speed
1/2 second
Aperture
F/32.0
Focal Length
100 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
May 7, 2007, 11:20:28 AM
×
Male New Zealand Tree Weta by carterr Male New Zealand Tree Weta by carterr
**Full View is Best **

New Zealand Tree weta, sometimes known as the bush weta and is the most common type of weta and usually makes its home in the holes of trees. Males are quite aggressive and will fight other males. It hisses and bites when threatened. Has a varied diet and will eat both plants and other insects. Male wetas are popular with the females - one male will have up to 10 females living with him!!

The Weta has a huge head! What makes it big is the mandible - lower jaw that is used for biting and crushing food.


This male was shot this morning with my 100mm Macro Lens. I actually like the critters, simply because they are so ugly. They get a lot of bad press because of this, but they're actually harmless - the bite can be painful but it's not dangerous.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconmidnightgem:
midnightgem Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
"one male will have up to 10 females living with him!!"
Really? I didn't know that 0.o
Haha, pimp insect :XD: -has a shoe thrown at me-
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
LOL - yeah - lucky aren't they :)
Reply
:iconmidnightgem:
midnightgem Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
:D
Reply
:iconforneus0vaddmaiar:
Forneus0Vaddmaiar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
You`re right, It`s quite ugly ((:
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
But still beautiful in my eyes ;)
Reply
:iconjobobarikan:
JobobArikan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
they batter up nicely!
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Ugh - have you tried?
Reply
:iconjobobarikan:
JobobArikan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
naw just being a smart arse!
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
LOL - I'd love to try them - will try anything once :)
Reply
:iconjigsawgurl:
JigsawGurl Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
They are evil phookers!...had one in my gumboot once:O_o:
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
not nice - was it male or female??? But they're harmless really - they just bite a bit hard :)
Reply
:iconjigsawgurl:
JigsawGurl Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
I dont know what it was, just squashed:nod:
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
lol YUK !!!
Reply
:iconjigsawgurl:
JigsawGurl Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
Thats wot i said, but not quite as ladylike
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
LOL I probably wouldn't be ladylike either if I was in that situation :)
Reply
:iconphil-quinn:
phil-quinn Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
not a pretty fella :D
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
No - big teeth that hurt too :) Quite a scary experience photographing him
Reply
:iconphil-quinn:
phil-quinn Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
how big is the little fella than ???
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
about the size of your middle finger (body) - maybe a bit fatter and longer :) lets make it even bigger
Reply
:iconphil-quinn:
phil-quinn Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
dear god, it could eat my finger!!!!
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
yep :) for sure ;)
Reply
:iconphil-quinn:
phil-quinn Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
:sprint:
Reply
:icons3mmy:
s3mmy Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
very nice macro shot
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
Thank you for your kind comment - It could be improved as I'm still learning - but I let them go. I'll try and ccatch more later when I've practised on some less dangerous insects first LOL

Cheers
Robyn
Reply
:icondark-raptor:
Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner May 10, 2007  Professional Photographer
I always wanted to see one of them personally. These guys are huge :)
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
Yep - and I was terrifled of it while taking the photo of it - because my lens didn't fit into the light tent slit properly!!! so I had to undo the flap and at any stage it oculd have jumped on me *shiver*!!

The males bite- but the females don't :) And this was a rather large male ;)

cheers
Robyn
Reply
:iconmirator:
mirator Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
:wow: :omg:
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
LOL - yes - you DON"T want to find those on your pillow before you go to bed LOL
Reply
:iconmirator:
mirator Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
:rofl:
Reply
:iconpatriciavazquez:
PatriciaVazquez Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
i love this macro world !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awsome !!
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
Thanks :)
Reply
:iconmoreover:
Moreover Featured By Owner May 7, 2007   Photographer
Woaah! Is it a present from you cats?
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
No - not this time - i captured them myself, and let them go afterwards :) These insects are way to smart for cats :)

Cheers
Robyn
Reply
:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Good 1st attempt with the light tent :)

From your exif info I would suggest getting the lights/flashguns alot closer to the tent or get more powerful ones. 1/2 second is too long for most insect macro work even if they are static. At 1/2 second things like mirror slap, camera and subject movement will reduce the detail that is achievable. Shooting at f32 sounds like a good idea for a DoF but infact because of lens defraction problems you will be losing alot of the sharpness, I would recommend using no more than f22 and f16 would be even better. Also raising the 'stage' slightly or lowering the camera would get the viewer of the image to the eye level of the insect which, to me, gives a better impact.

I hope you take this in the way I've given it as a constructive comment
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
Absolutely- this is very helpful ;) I've consequently let this subject go - as I don't like holding them for too long. I think it'ss going to be a learning process. Before I put him in the light tent - I put a black background in - but he decided (as he's nocturnal and likes dark places), that the best place was between the background and the tent itself - offering me absolutely no hope of getting a photograph. so I had to pull the background out through the slit hoping he wouldn't come out with it - man I was ever so nervous about it!!! They bite you know - hard!!

I then left him overnight to calm down, and tried this morning - thats when I found that I should have... Perhaps put a proper prop in there that they could cliimb - like a small tree stump with some leaves on it, or raised the floor so I could be eye level.

But because of the nature of the beast - there was no way I was going to mess around too much with him this morning!!!

I'll try again with a less dangerous beast next time until I get it right - then I'll ring my friend and get him to catch a few more wetas for me!!

As for your comments - they are very very helpful and I really appreciate the help you're giving me - I'm still in learning mode and realise I have a lot to learn - some I'll learn on my own with trial and error - others I'll learn from the experts like yourself :)

Cheers
Robyn
Reply
:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
phew lol I'm always nervous of giving advice, people have a tendancy to jump the wrong way i.e. down my throat lol
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
Me never- I'm a sponge - I soak up all the advice I can get - I'm forever trying to improve, and know I can only do that by listening to people with experience. I look back over the last 2 months of the pieces of work i'm submitting - and can already see the iimprovement in many of them. One of the biggest improvements came when I finally worked out how to get RAW images off my camera card LOL.

Cheers
Robyn
Reply
:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Shooting in Raw is one of the most important steps anyone can take if they want to really improve their work :)
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
I know - I've been trying to shoot in raw for over a year, but I couldn't get my computer to see the cr2 files at all. I finally took the camera back to Canon and said there was a problem - but the problem was my software on my new laptop - wouldn't read them - so I now cut and paste them from the card and thats been solved :)

Cheers
Robyn
Reply
:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
ps the eye is the critical focus point for 99% of macro work, nail it and the image has a chance of working :)
Reply
:iconproverbialcheese:
proverbialcheese Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
I saw a bed Weta once... never mind horrible joke. Interesting creature im glad they arent as bad as they were in King Kong.
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
LOL - they still made me jump!
Reply
:iconproverbialcheese:
proverbialcheese Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
Ive heard they can be as large as a mouse.
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
The giant ones yes,and they'er harmless - don't even bite - it's just the smaller tree or bush wetas that do :)

Cheers
Robyn
Reply
:iconcrazygardener:
crazygardener Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
good thing thats not the normal size..Nice shot!!!!!
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
LOL - it was still pretty big :)
Reply
:iconcrazygardener:
crazygardener Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
yup...smiles
Reply
:iconnyarlotep:
Nyarlotep Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
Amazing macro, good work! =)
Reply
:iconcarterr:
carterr Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
Thanks :)
Reply
:iconicemother:
icemother Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
You found one... well done :)
Reply
Add a Comment: