I had to go to Southwest Florida International Airport today to deal with a luggage issue.
I took the camera bag along to see what I could find around the airport to take pictures of. Well, no unusual airlines or aircraft today but, while I waited in the observation area near the General Aviation Terminal, I noticed a lot of other flight activity. I popped the 105mm f2.8 VR Micro-Nikkor on the D90 and used the SB-800 flash on-camera to shoot bugs while waiting for airplanes. There were several butterflies around feeding on the Asters and Spanish Needles so I got down low. Looking under the first Spanish Needle, I found this Midge.
How do I know it’s a midge? Well, I uploaded the image to http://www.bugguide.net
and got an identification in 3 minutes! I’m not sure if that’s a record but, it was unbelievably fast. For bug shooters it is an incredible resource. I also found a Dainty Sulphur feeding on an aster and a Jumping Spider. You can click on the images for larger versions.
As to the luggage issue, well, they said I’d hear something in a couple of weeks.