A deer flea hangs from a hair, California

I don't ordinarily hang around animal carcasses.  But every now and again I'll brave a fresh roadkill to shoot the parasites as they jump ship from the cooling body.  Fleas and lice are fascinating creatures, and as they are hardly ever photographed alive I can capture some unique images just by staking out a common subject that most people would not think to shoot.

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS D60

ISO 100, f/13, 1/200 sec, flash diffused through tracing paper

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Well. as an animal he well me be underrated but his band is most def overrated. Have to admit though that some songs like Under the Bridge are not that bad...

By Dark Herring (not verified) on 05 Dec 2008 #permalink

It's been 46 years since I took my last entomology class and never worked in the field (I ran printing presses). I don't recall that there is such a beast as a "deer flea." Possibly recent research has proved otherwise.

Still trying to figure out your diffuser set-up for the Canon 65/Microlites. Any other (side view) images of the rig? Thanks.

By Dick Nelson (not verified) on 19 Jun 2009 #permalink