From the Riverside

These shots were taken on the 5th May this year, on a trip to the river banks at near White Mill ( nr Wimborne).   I had hoped to find some solitary bees to photograph – but they proved almost elusive apart from this one that I managed to get in a Dandelion.

Bee with Pollen
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Bee with Pollen

This was not due to their scarcity – just that the weather on the bank holiday weekend was hot and they were very active.

I was fortunate though, to get a Wolf Spider to pose.  They normally run off very fast – so this was very pleasing for me.

Wolf Spider
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Wolf Spider
Wolf Spider in profile
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Wolf Spider in profile

My final find – was a new species of Leaf Beetle to me.  This one is a very pretty red and green beetle.  And I found it hanging around in the grass.

Balancing Beetle
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Balancing Beetle

After taking it in situ, I then put one of my gold glitter cards behind it, that I previously used on the bees on my previous visit.

Look only 1 hand!
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Look only 1 hand!

Finally it decided it had enough of me and fell to the ground – when it then fortunately wandered onto the glitter card.  Here my lens is much closer to the card – and the glitter is easier to spot.

Chrysolina polita on gold glitter card
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Chrysolina polita on gold glitter card
Chrysolina polita - Leaf Beetle
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Chrysolina polita – Leaf Beetle

All images taken on Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon MPE-65mm 1-5x Macro Lens.  Flashlit from a diffused Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.

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