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Ali Moughnieh (aka Ali Mog.)

@amoughnieh

photographer based in Sydney

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amoughnieh's Media: Sometimes when I'm walking in the bush I see these leaves with perfectly cut circles, I used to thi

Sometimes when I'm walking in the bush I see these leaves with perfectly cut circles, I used to think they were made by the caterpillars, but caterpillars don't make big perfect circles. Turns out, female Leafcutter Bees cut these circles to build a nest for their larvae. Leafcutter bees are solitary bees, they live inside burrows in soft wood or in the ground. Females are hard workers, they build their nest, make sure their babies are safe and warm, and provide food for them. Males on the other hand, only eat and mate, that's all, no other responsibilities. Men these days!

Sydney, Australia
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amoughnieh's Media: Long legged flies are a common sight this time of the year. They are small predators that feed on s

Long legged flies are a common sight this time of the year. They are small predators that feed on soft insects, and are usually found resting on large leaves. I found it funny and interesting how their 3 simple eyes stick out like a lighthouse (located between the 2 compound eyes, many insects have them, but usually lie flat on the forehead) I've never seen this before. I wonder how that helps them with spotting preys, or females, for that matter 💏

Sydney, Australia
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amoughnieh's Media: For the past two weeks I thought this was a Long Nosed Lycid beetle, but moments before I post the

For the past two weeks I thought this was a Long Nosed Lycid beetle, but moments before I post the photo, I thoughts its antennas looked different to the ones I saw online.. turns out, this is actually a weevil. Not much information about it online, so I'll just leave it here 🙃.

Royal National Park
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amoughnieh's Media: This is another one of Australia's amazing native animals!
Bark-mimicking grasshoppers, as the name

This is another one of Australia's amazing native animals! Bark-mimicking grasshoppers, as the name suggests, rest on tree trunks. Their patterns help them camouflage effectively in plain sight, making them very hard to spot even if you're looking directly at them.

Sydney, Australia
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amoughnieh's Media: I sometimes wonder what it would be like to be smaller than a wasp? Can you imagine the amount of h

I sometimes wonder what it would be like to be smaller than a wasp? Can you imagine the amount of horror they would inflict on us if they actually thought we were yummy food? Adult paper wasps feed primarily on nectar and other sugary solutions. However, they collect (and chew up) large amount of caterpillars to feed to their babies.. Hopefully they won't prey on us anytime soon. Last summer I had a few basil plants in my backyard, and paper wasps used to visit them regularly looking for caterpillars 🐛. So next time you see them, make sure you say hello, and let them do their own thing 😊

Sydney, Australia
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amoughnieh's Media: Bee-fly (Comptosia heliophila)
A very large nectar feeding fly, about 2cm long. I struggled to iden

Bee-fly (Comptosia heliophila) A very large nectar feeding fly, about 2cm long. I struggled to identify it, even when I posted it to a specialised facebook page (ID morfométrica de insetos) it took them some time to ID it. There's barely anything about it online, which is odd, so if you have any information about it, I would love to hear it in the comments 😊... It's spring time, expect to see lots of nectar feeding bugs 🐝

Temptation Creek
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amoughnieh's Media: When I visited Lebanon last month, I stumbled into a European Paper Wasp nest, and a Yellowjacket n

When I visited Lebanon last month, I stumbled into a European Paper Wasp nest, and a Yellowjacket nest (I posted both in two separate stories). The two nests look completely different, however, the wasps themselves look very similar, with the most obvious difference being the colour of the antennas; Yellowjackets have black antennas, whereas paper wasps have orange ones. Yellowjackets are considered as pests mainly because they're aggressive and scavange human food. Paper wasps on the other hand, are not aggressive, and generally stay away from humans. They also feed on insects as well as nectar, which is why they're quite beneficial for pest control and plant pollination.

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amoughnieh's Media: I have had a go at the greenhead ant back when I was just starting with focus stacking. Lately, I t

I have had a go at the greenhead ant back when I was just starting with focus stacking. Lately, I tried to photograph it again a number of time, but for some reason the results were subpar! Last night I had my third attempt, and I think this time it's not bad.. These ants are endemic to Australia, their colours can have varying degrees of green, blue, and purple. Despite being small in size, about 5-7mm, their sting is painful and can cause an allergic reaction for some people. 🐜 I handled these ants many times, but they always behaved! Did you ever get bitten and/or stung?

Dulwich Hill
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amoughnieh's Media: Striped Lynx Spider. These spiders jump on their preys just like jumping spiders. They are consider

Striped Lynx Spider. These spiders jump on their preys just like jumping spiders. They are considered as a natural predator of agricultural pests as well as pollinators such as bees. Nobody's perfect!

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amoughnieh's Media: In quantum physics, there's a thought experiment called "Schrodinger's Cat", which is devised to pr

In quantum physics, there's a thought experiment called "Schrodinger's Cat", which is devised to provide an analogy to quantum superposition, where a particle can have two states simultaneously. In the experiment, the cat is placed inside a box, when the box is closed, the cat is both dead and alive, but when the box is opened, the cat can either be dead or alive, it cannot be both, that's the nature of reality.. When I post a new photo, I initially feel regret after I hit the share button, because sharing your thoughts puts them under new light, and moves you from inside the box to the outside, which forces you to view them differently, a view that is probably closer to reality. Keep the box closed, and you'll never see reality. Open the box, get your thoughts out, observe your mistakes, own them, and learn from them, that's the only way to evolve. This image is titled "imperfection"

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amoughnieh's Media: Ogre Faced Spider aka Net Casting Spider. Very unique in terms of looks and also the method they us

Ogre Faced Spider aka Net Casting Spider. Very unique in terms of looks and also the method they use to catch preys. They weave a piece of web and hold it with their front legs, and they wait in an upside down position, and when a prey passes by, they cast their web and wrap it around the prey

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amoughnieh's Media: This pretty one is a red cricket. It is easily mistaken for a flower bud, especially when you find

This pretty one is a red cricket. It is easily mistaken for a flower bud, especially when you find it standing on a plant with red/pink flowers-almost impossible to spot. Such a great way to camouflage.

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amoughnieh's Media: Not many people know that Hoverflies are the second most important pollinators after bees. Pollinat

Not many people know that Hoverflies are the second most important pollinators after bees. Pollination is the process of transferring pollen from the male part of the plant to the female part, which enables the production of seeds. Without pollination, plants won't reproduce, and humans will be in deep s***. This photo of a male hoverfly (no idea what specie) is dedicated to all the hoverflies that are working tirelessly and silently to make sure you have your bowl of greens at the end of the day

Sydney, Australia
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amoughnieh's Media: I'm not sure what kind of weevil this is, it's about 15mm in size, and has 4 rows of spines along i

I'm not sure what kind of weevil this is, it's about 15mm in size, and has 4 rows of spines along its back.

Winifred Falls, Royal National Park
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amoughnieh's Media: Cotton Harlequin Bug
Males are mostly blue with some orange, and females are mostly orange with a l

Cotton Harlequin Bug Males are mostly blue with some orange, and females are mostly orange with a little blue

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amoughnieh's Media: European honey bee, was introduced to Australia by the early settlers.
Despite their important role

European honey bee, was introduced to Australia by the early settlers. Despite their important role in pollination, some native plants have suffered from their introduction because they need a special pollination technique that is only performed by the native bees, so the European honey bees end up taking the pollen without pollinating the plant. I have to admit though, native bees are much cuter, they're dark and small in size, and they look really cool when they're loaded with the yellow pollen, the contrast between the black and yellow is amazing.

Temptation Creek
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amoughnieh's Media: When I captured this blowfly, I assumed it was very similar to the one I posted a while ago. To the

When I captured this blowfly, I assumed it was very similar to the one I posted a while ago. To the naked eye, they both look identical, but under the lens, they are far from identical. I'm not an entomologist, so I had to do some reading to understand why this fly has these GIGANTIC lenses on the front region of its eye. Turns out, male blowflies have these "acute zones"where the big lenses provide a higher resolution image, which in turn helps them pursue a potential mate from a longer distance.. I guess males will be males

Turella Reserve
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amoughnieh's Media: "I will look for you, I will find you, and I will jump on you"

"I will look for you, I will find you, and I will jump on you"

Sydney, Australia
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