Canon Elan IIe, handheld
Sigma 105 EX Macro
Fuji Superia 400
f4, 1/500second
People think I'm weird...
wheel bug ladybeetle

...because I can be at a zoo and take pictures of the bugs I find on plants along the walkways.

This one caught my eye as I was going past, and I took a moment to get a quick couple of frames. The light was exceptional, but between handholding the camera at extreme magnification and the ability for the leaf to sway in the breeze, I opted for a fast shutter speed, foregoing the depth-of-field a smaller aperture would have provided. Any movement could have ruined this shot, and I think I lucked out anyway. Notice how the antenna go out of focus.

To the best of my knowledge this is a Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus), one of the numerous species that come under the term "Assassin Bug" which is what popped into my mind when I first saw the print. This is a nymph, and the size can be noted by the bright red ladybug serving as a meal (which is how Assassin Bugs get their name). Taken at the NC Zoological Park in Asheboro, North Carolina.