Big Bertha's Adventures

Frozen in time: A tribute to the wheel bug

I was walking very carefully on a very thick layer of ice at a park near my home.  That’s when this bug caught my eye.

Big Bertha's Adventures

You might recognize it – I’ve blogged about this bug before—it’s a wheel bug.  If you missed the Wheel Bug blog, click here.  This particular one was injured—the characteristic cog on its back is missing.

Big Bertha's Adventures

I’ve never observed insects or bugs frozen in time… I had to take some photos.

Big Bertha's Adventures

When I returned to the park the next day I hoped to see it again.  But by this time the thick layer of ice on the sidewalk had melted and the bug probably got washed away.  Makes me glad I took the time to photograph it the day before.

When outdoors, carry along a blanket or towel.  To get these shots, I got down on my knees to get as close as possible.  I brought a towel with me to protect my knees from the icy cold.  It came in very handy – the weather was 25 degrees Fahrenheit.  Not the usual cold temperature we are used to in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!  I suspect the bug was caught by surprise too.

Camera used:
Big Bertha (Canon EOS 5D Mark II)
Macro lens

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