Do Robot Fireflies Dream of Electric Lights?


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I thought this was going to be about Artificial Intelligence!


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Those photos are mind-bogglingly good! It’s hard enough to get a decent still in that kind of low light, or a decent shot of a bug in flight in good light, getting a flying bug that’s in flight, and emitting light itself, and in the light he’s working, with such a fantastic result with is incredible. (His macro/bird work’s stunning too - lots of great behavioral action shots.)

The LED lure is really clever, and the spike-mount for the camera’s really clever, that could be useful for bug macros/outdoor low shots in general.

This is so awesome, made my morning! Thanks BB!


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In essence it’s a colored LED attached to a timing circuit to mimic the flash of a female firefly, camouflaged just enough to hopefully fool a few males.

I’ve had a few dates like that, over the years.


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If Shaddack were still here, he’d be telling us both how to optimize the LED circuit, and how all dates are like this.


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That is a very bad link you have in that Bees post linked here


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