By Clay Bolt, Each year, beginning in late summer and moving into fall, there is a particular Beech Tree (Fagus grandifolia) that is inundated with Beech Blight Aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator). When these aphids are young, they cover the tree’s limbs and leaves with thousands of their fuzzy white bodies, which seem to “dance” if you get too close. This had led to coining of another common name, the “Boogie-Woogie Aphid.” Ants and wasps are drawn to the copious amounts of honeydew that the insects excrete and some, such…

by Clay Bolt Spring is almost here in South Carolina and it’s a good thing because I’m so glad to be able to finally experiment with using my new Cognisys Insect Rig with High Speed Shutter for photographing insects in flight. The insect rig offers a convenient platform for your entire high speed system. It will hold your Camera, flashes, high speed shutter and its controller, laser cross beam sensor set, Li-Ion battery pack and StopShot. The great thing about this system is that it will allow me to photograph…

by Paul Harcourt Davies © 2014 My 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro NIKKOR macro has never, in any sense, let me down in the six years I have used it. This is a full “user’s appraisal” since I have owned a disgraceful number of macro lenses of assorted makes and focal lengths over the years in my search for the search for the ‘Holy Grail’ – biting sharpness. So, before I start, let me set out my stall. I am first and foremost a naturalist and a passionate…