Spring seemed finally to arrive on Saturday, with the sun out it felt warm. With it the insects were starting to fly about, so I took a trip to Blashford Lakes to see what was around.
The insect of the day was the St Mark’s Fly – Bibio marci aka Hawthorn Fly. It is known commonly as the St Mark’s Fly as they usually emerge around St Mark’s Day, 25 April. These were therefore early – though I have seen them in previous years as early as March.
Of these flies I took two of them, the first crawling across a leaf.
Then this one covered in pollen, the first is a single shot a slightly lower magnification on the Canon MPE-65mm macro lens. Cropped in post production.
Whereas this one is a stacked image of two shots. The stack creating a similar depth of field to the lower magnification single shot.
And finally a beetle that was sitting nicely on a nettle.
All images taken on a Canon 5D MkIV, with flash light from Canon MT-24ex Twin Flash.