Bees, Dancers and a Moth

Good Friday – reasonably good weather and a day off.  Time to try out another home made diffuser ( this one I am calling the plate diffuser ) – more on this and the other diffusers in a dedicated post later.

Took the MPE-65mm out with the diffuser velcro’d on and went to some fields off a river bank near White Mill.  These fields at this time of year have a lot of dandelion type flowers, and can be a great place to hunt for solitary bees and other bugs.

Found a few bees, and eventually got one that stayed around a bit on a flower, allowing me to shoot it at around 2x magnification in the following shots.

Solitary Bee cleaning off pollen
Solitary Bee cleaning off pollen

Solitary Bee cleaning off pollen. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 200 F11 1/250.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Lite, with plate diffuser.

Solitary Bee in Dandelion
Solitary Bee in Dandelion

Solitary Bee in Dandelion. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 200 F11 1/250.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Lite, with plate diffuser.

Solitary Bee cleaning itself
Solitary Bee cleaning itself

Solitary Bee cleaning itself.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 200 F11 1/250.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Lite, with plate diffuser.

Another interesting insect was a Dance Fly that was also on the flowers – this one patiently allowing some close up shots, this shot is just over 3x Magnification.

Dance Fly at about 3x Magnification on Dandelion
Dance Fly at about 3x Magnification on Dandelion

Dance Fly at about 3x Magnification on Dandelion. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 200 F11 1/250.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Lite, with plate diffuser.

Finally on a plant there were several of these fly like moths ( as yet unidentified ).

Moth
Moth

Moth.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 200 F11 1/250.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Lite, with plate diffuser.

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Chris

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

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