Halyomorpha halys - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug



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Halyomorpha halys - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Specimen was euthanized by rapid freezing, cleaned with H2O and placed on a slide. Slide was placed on microscope stage. A single Nikon 10x BD Plan objective with outer sleeve removed mounted in turret via RMS to BD adapter. All other objective openings sealed with electrical tape. Microscope head has been replaced with extension tubes connected to a Canon t3i (600D) camera. Linear polarizer placed inside extension tubes. Mirror lockup, 2nd curtain shutter and remote control cable used to minimize vibration. Specimen illuminated with 4 LEDs with simple paper cylinder diffusion. 2790 separate 1 second exposures focus stacked and merged into a single 1.09 gigapixel image of the left dorsal view. Image duplicated and flipped horizontally to make a 2.19 gigapixel image. Contrast, color, and sharpening adjustments applied. Enjoy -Curtis Sleve
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Date Created 11/7/2011

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GigaView Over 1 year ago
mattu Over 1 year ago
Wow! Great for a first post to Photosynth.

More like this please :)
titanmiller Over 1 year ago
Please do more of these amazing microscopic images! It would be a great service to the scientific community (and the general public) to have many thousands of species of insects imaged with such detail. Leaves and other interesting things too!

Isn't depth of field very tricky with images like this?
Curtis_Sleve Over 1 year ago
Thank you for the comments.

David that is an ocellus (plural ocelli). Its another form of eye.

titanmiller, I am planning more projects in the future. This image took about 20 hours of work from start to finish so to catalog even 100 species would require a great deal of time. With my wife and son at home and a full time job it will have to remain just a hobby for now... Depth of field is an obstacle at these magnifications. It may take 100 photos at different focal planes which will be combined into a single image by the focus stacking program.
jaysonragasa.net Over 1 year ago
As I closely look onto the image. The half of the bug's body is just mirrored. why?
mattu Over 1 year ago
The description says: "Image duplicated and flipped horizontally to make a 2.19 gigapixel image"
Curtis_Sleve Over 1 year ago
Jayson, you are correct. The photo is horizontally mirrored. I did this because I was too lazy to complete the entire insect.
ricohplio Over 1 year ago
It is beautiful even in mirror!
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