Welcome to Melbourne Macro with CygnusTech! I’m honoured to be a part of this new macro dedicated website. I’m going to devote the subject of this article to my time in quarantine lockdown. As most of you may know, Melbourne has had one of the strictest Covid lockdowns in the world. I was only allowed to leave my house for 1 hour per day. With a mask, and only to either go shopping alone or walk the dog within a 5km radius. There was Police checkpoints blocking off the main highway exit. This severely limited my macro photography options as my usual nature spot is far beyond that boundary.
This limitation forced me to focus solely on my small front garden as well as a bike path that runs behind my house leading to a small lake. I was quite surprised with the amount of insects I found within this small perimeter and especially for a dreary Melbourne winter where wildlife is very scarce.
Here are some highlights from those macro outings.
First up is a very common bug in my area named Dindymus versicolour or commonly called Harlequin bug. I generally don’t like calling insects by their common name because there are at least 3 others also called Harlequins which look nothing like this one. Such as the Harlequin beetle in Peru which is a massive longhorn beetle. I remember seeing these little bugs everywhere when I grew up. They’re often seen mating and connected in opposite directions just as I found this pair on the base of a large gumtree.