Friday, January 30, 2009

Mites! Common Burying Beetle's Lament

This lady Common Burying Beetle (nicrophorus marginatus) looks exhausted to me, with all those mites hitching a ride, but according to the Insect expert at the St. Louis Zoo Insectarium, she is used to it! Both the mites and the beetle are fed wax and meal worms. The mites dislodge for their meal. They get back on when they are finished. They are waiting for her to mate and eat her HUGE deceased bird. (They eat some of that too). In the meantime, they just hang on.

Monday, January 19, 2009

It's ME Marian Brickner with my BIG lens

This is ME! I am using my 400/2.8 lens and tripod with a Wimberly head on it. (It balances the lens). It's 20 degrees and I am photographing the family of Pelicans on the Mississippi that you see below.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lemur triplets hanging out with their mom

Yes, the really ARE hanging upside down enjoying a treat snack of grapes. They live at a safe Lemur Reserve. Note cards are available, a set of ten for $25.00. Email me at

Pelican Family

This family was "hanging out" on the edge of the Mississippi in Alton, Illinois January 18, 2009.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Anna the Green Tree Python

Anna lives at the World Bird Sanctuary in Eureka, Missouri. She is worth visiting! 636-861-3225

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I'm So Good I Don't Have to LOOK!

This speaks for itself. I asked several children to make a sentence for this picture and the winning title went to CK in New York! Thank you CK.

Chimpanzee Vegetable Conference

These chimps are clearly discussing the value or importance of this beatiful green leaf in St. Louis, Missouri.

What are they thinking?

I have started a series called "What Are They Thinking?"
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Bug in Riverdale, New York

Who is this? If you know, please contact me because I always wondered.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

mating walking sticks

Can you figure out who is who? I can't. I know they are Walking Sticks though and they are mating.
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mating damselflies

Damselflies rarely get any privacy. The flying male simply wants to see if he too has an opportunity.

Goat closeup

I met this dog at a dog event in Forest Park, St. Louis.

Olin has Addison's disease and is treated every day.
What a GREAT dig.

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