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Salina mulcahyae ?? - Drepanura californica

Salina mulcahyae ?? - Drepanura californica
Aromas, San Benito County, California, USA
January 30, 2008
Size: ~2-3mm
Found this little guy on the lip of a large flower pot in our garden. (live oak/chaparral habitat). Perhaps the same as .

Moved from Salina mulcahyae.

Drepanura californica
Given the recent upload of Scott Peden I realised I have systematically misidentified Drepanura californica specimens as Salina mulcahyae...


Salina mulcahyae
Yes, Gary, I would agree with your ID. Well done!

Thank you Frans
for confirming the ID of this specimen.

...THAT is an AMAZING photograph! You don't find many in books like that, you know. :)
What did you use to take this shot?
All I have is a puny digital camera with a simple macro function (I've been feeling held back be my equipment lately.)

Canon MP-E 65mm lens
I was also feeling held back by my equipment when dealing with very small specimens. I normally use a Nikon D200 with 200mm macro lens & SB800 flash for most of my insect photos, I had added a 2X tele-converter and 6T diopter to take the photo of . But after seeing some of the photos on BugGuide taken by Joyce Gross with the MP-E 65mm, I finally purchased a Canon 40D & MP-E 65mm, as well as the MT-24EX flash. It's relatively difficult to hand-hold either of the above systems, but the Canon system is a little easier to handle, although you must be closer to the subject with the shorter 65mm lens, & I think I miss more photos with the 65mm because the subjects fly off due to my having to get so close.

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