Damsel – flies

I took my first Damselfly pictures of 2014 at the beginning of May, on a trip to the river bank near White Mill.  As usual the first ones I normally see are the Large Red Damselflies, and this year was no exception.  However the very first one that I did come across was munching a Mayfly.  So that called for a closeup shot of the munching.  I was pleased to get this of it, despite the slight nettle leaf foreground blur, due to the position the damsel was in.  A subsequent attempt at removing the leaf – resulted in the damselfly leaving with meal to a more higher and impossible perch.

Large Red Damselfly eating a Mayfly
Large Red Damselfly eating a Mayfly

Large Red Damselfly eating a Mayfly. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm lens.  ISO 400 F11 1/200.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash, with Vellum Diffuser.

I also shot this portrait of a nearby one, using the 100mm macro lens.

Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm USM Macro lens.  ISO 400 F5.6 1/320.  Natural Light

Also out on the banks were several flies, of which I have only one with a possible ID of so far.  Here are my three favourite fly shots from the days visit, starting with the one I have the possible ID for.

Fly- possible Renocera pallida
Fly- possible Renocera pallida

Fly- possible Renocera pallida. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm lens.  ISO 400 F11 1/200.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash, with Vellum Diffuser.

 

Fly
Fly

Fly- possible Renocera pallida. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm lens.  ISO 400 F11 1/200.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash, with Vellum Diffuser.

And finally finishing with a headshot at about 3x magnification.

Fly Eye
Fly Eye

Fly Eye (3x Magnification). Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm lens.  ISO 400 F11 1/200.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash, with Vellum 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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