Bees, Butterfly & Flies Up Close

Over the Easter break I visited White Mill a few times to shoot with my Canon MPE-65mm Macro lens, mainly aiming to shoot Bees and Flies up close with my new diffusion setup.  I had spotted several Solitary Bees on the previous visit and was hoping to get up close and personal with some of them.  I did, but was also lucky enough to come across a resting male Peacock Butterfly, which allowed a couple of close up shots before fluttering off.  In addition I also found another Thick-headed fly that was willing to pose and a hoverfly like fly (unidentified as yet) that posed long enough for a couple of handheld stack photographs to be taken.  These were stacking in Photoshop CS5.

Here’s my favourite images from the visits.

Solitary Bee (about 3x Magnification).
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Solitary Bee (about 3x Magnification).

Solitary Bee (about 3x Magnification). Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/250

Solitary Mining Bee - Andrena cineraria (about 2.5x Magnification)
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Solitary Mining Bee – Andrena cineraria (about 2.5x Magnification)

Solitary Mining Bee – Andrena cineraria (about 2.5x Magnification).  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/250

Solitary Mining Bee - Andrena cineraria (about 2.5x Magnification).
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Solitary Mining Bee – Andrena cineraria (about 2.5x Magnification).

Solitary Mining Bee – Andrena cineraria (about 2.5x Magnification).  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/250

Solitary Mining Bee - Andrena cineraria (about 2.5x Magnification).
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Solitary Mining Bee – Andrena cineraria (about 2.5x Magnification).

Solitary Mining Bee – Andrena cineraria (about 2.5x Magnification).  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/250

Solitary Mining Bee - Andrena cineraria (about 2.5x Magnification).
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Solitary Mining Bee – Andrena cineraria (about 2.5x Magnification).

Solitary Mining Bee – Andrena cineraria (about 2.5x Magnification).  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/250

Solitary Mining Bee (about 2x Magnification).
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Solitary Mining Bee (about 2x Magnification).

Solitary Mining Bee (about 2x Magnification).  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/250

Solitary Bee (about 3x Magnification).
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Solitary Bee (about 3x Magnification).
Butterfly at rest - around 2x magnification
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Butterfly at rest – around 2x magnification

Butterfly at rest – around 2x magnification.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/250

Butterfly at rest - around 3x magnification.
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Butterfly at rest – around 3x magnification.

Butterfly at rest – around 3x magnification.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/250

 

Thick-headed fly on flower - Myopa buccata. (3x Magnification)
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Thick-headed fly on flower – Myopa buccata. (3x Magnification)

Thick-headed fly on flower – Myopa buccata. (3x Magnification).  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/250

Fly on flower. (around 3.5x Magnification).
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Fly on flower. (around 3.5x Magnification).

Fly on flower. (around 3.5x Magnification).  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/250

Fly on flower. (around 3x Magnification) 3 Images Stacked.
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Fly on flower. (around 3x Magnification) 3 Images Stacked.

Fly on flower. (around 3x Magnification) 3 Images Stacked.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/250

Fly on flower. (around 3x Magnification) 4 Images Stacked.
Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Fly on flower. (around 3x Magnification) 4 Images Stacked.

Fly on flower. (around 3x Magnification) 4 Images Stacked.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris

I've been taking macro photography from 2004. I use both Canon film and digital cameras.

2 thoughts on “Bees, Butterfly & Flies Up Close

  • April 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm
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    A wonderful set of macro shots, and the 1 stand out for me is the thick headed fly

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    • April 19, 2012 at 11:27 am
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      Thanks Pete – I’m glad you liked them. I too do like that fly.

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