While shooting, do any of the bugs or other wildlife you encounter show hostility towards you?
That very much depends on the type of insect of course and on how threatened they feel. I certainly don’t set out to provoke them, but there is no denying a defensive pose or threat display usually makes for a more interesting photo.
I have been stung by Nocturnal Hornets while doing night shooting (see that tumblr post HERE) and I have certainly been intimidated by Predatory Hornets (Vespa velutina) while trying to photograph them and even when not trying to photograph them…..
The Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillars of the Limacodid Cup Moths are passively hostile by default and even the slightest brush against them inflicts a seriously painful sting. This can happen while searching for them amongst foliage or while adjusting the foliage around a subject so as to get a clear shot. I have experienced this many times…..
And the Chalcosiine Day-flying Moth Caterpillars (Zygaenidae) express their displeasure by excreting droplets of cyanide from the tubercles on their skin….
Otherwise, hostility usually takes the form of threat displays which in themselves are harmless but intended to strike fear in my heart and confusion in my mind and send me scurrying away with my tail between my legs…..
I usually try not to handle my subjects, but when I do it is to give some sense of scale or to relocate them from hazardous situations. Particularly with the larger insects, although they are not intentionally harmful in themselves, the sheer size of their anatomy means sharp claws and strong jaws have drawn blood on occasion as well….
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